It's a 30 min drive from my house, but then everything in KC is 30 - 45 min from everything else. I wanted to try Headrush because they will roast coffee for you while you wait. OMG it smells good in there. I know there is a lot of smoke given off from roasting coffee and you could see a layer of it in the shop - but I love a good campfire and the smoke didn't bother me in the least.
The young man at the register was very helpful in helping me choose which coffee to have roasted. I ended up going with one called India Monsoon. It grows during the monsoon season and has larger beans. Was told it has a distinct flavor and less acidity other coffee.
The beans are a little larger than others and it's a nice medium roast.
When we got the bag it smelled HEAVENLY. The kid said it smelled a little like fresh gingerbread. I brewed some of this for my morning coffee - pour over method - and while it didn't taste like gingerbread it was excellent. Smooth and not bitter with a lot of body and a kind of earthy spiciness. Really really really worth the drive.
I also got a bag of espresso blend, but I have not tried that one yet.
My husband had their Headrush drink. He enjoyed it. I got a Mocha because I judge coffee houses on their ability to do two things - a good pour over or chemex and mocha if they serve them. If it tastes like sugar water or syrup (Gloria Jean - Starbucks) I wont' be back for any other item on their menu. Conversely I don't want it to be too bitter from the espresso. A balanced mocha is wonderful and surprisingly hard to make. The one from Headrush was not bad. Not the best I've ever had, but still good. A little bitter, but I'll take that over diabetes in a cup. I like to taste the coffee with the chocolate. Not just chocolate and sweet but no coffee.
The kid enjoyed the trip and here's my requisite photo of her giving me odd looks in a coffee house.
I enjoyed the atmosphere. It's a great place to hang out and talk with friends.
I also got a new mug for my collection. It was made by Sunset Hill Stoneware http://shstoneware.com/
If you look closely you can see the latte art inside the cup.
Using my balloon art-centric rating system I give this place 4.5 balloon dogs.
Visit them if you're near Kansas City. You will be happy you did!