Category Archives: Coffee

Calling all baristas: Reverie having a throwdown on Saturday

Are you among the hundreds of local coffee shop workers who steams milk like a boss and crafts a killer latte?

For $5, you can compete in Saturday night’s Midwest Barista Collective Barista Throwdown at Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas.

The event will feature local baristas steaming milk and using it to make a latte. A panel of judges will decide who did it best.

Andrew Gough, who owns Reverie, said he’s expecting about 30 competitors, including some from as far away as Garden City.

The goal is to make the throwdowns a monthly event in Wichita, Gough said. Spectators are invited to watch, and while they’re waiting, they can get dinner from The Flying Stove, which will be parked outside from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who want to register can do so starting at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $5.  The first pour will be at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 316-201-1144.


Churn & Burn coming to Kellogg and Oliver

10371460_661909677221336_9184418168289900197_n (1)A new ice cream and coffee shop will be opening soon at Kellogg and Oliver.

Developer Christian Shomberg is planning to open Churn & Burn a strip center at 556 S. Oliver sometime this summer. It’ll specialize in fresh ice cream and coffee drinks and will be near the new Kwik Shop scheduled to open on the same corner later this year.

Shomberg is still putting finishing touches on the concept but promised to share more details soon.

Follow the progress on the shop’s Facebook page.

Wichita Starbucks remodels continue on West Street

new-starbucks-logoThe next Wichita Starbucks to get a remodel job is the one at Kellogg and West.

That store, whose official address is 583 S. West St., will be closed to walk-in customers starting on Sunday, a Starbucks spokeswoman said. The drive-through, however, will remain open from 5 a.m. to noon Monday through Jan. 13.  The drive-through will resume normal hours on Jan. 14, and the interior should reopen the week of Jan. 19.

The remodel will fill the store with new furniture and an updated look.

Both the Starbucks at 21st and Maize and at Central and Rock have already undergone updating. Starbucks stores generally are remodeled every 10 years.

You can drink your art when it’s on your latte

You can look at art. Or you can drink it.

Several coffee shops around Wichita of late are embracing latte art — a fun trend in which coffee artists sculpt pictures in the top of drinks using foam. Mead’s Corner at 430 E. Douglas has been doing it for a while and will commonly add hearts or rosettes to the tops of drinks. And Birds on the Roof Cafe, which recently opened at 550 N. Rock Road, has a resident latte artist who works after 4 p.m. and creates intricate drink drawings.

Last week, I persuaded Espresso to Go Go’s Teresa Nguyen to show me how it’s done. Espresso to Go Go doesn’t usually do latte art for customers, mainly because all their cups are to-go cups and the pace at the shop is too fast. But during downtime lately, artist Nguyen has been creating some scary Halloween latte art. On Friday, she demonstrated how she created a coffee-top replication of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” 

The flavors of fall are everywhere

Freddy’s pumpkin pie concrete recently made its glorious, fall return.

This pumpkin spice thing has gotten kind of crazy. If a fall fan wanted, she could dine on pumpkin flavored foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, and I’m okay with that.

This week, I decided to gather up a list of pumpkin, apple and caramel flavored foods that have appeared in ice cream stores, coffee shops and doughnut places during the past several weeks. I’m publishing the list in tomorrow’s Go! section, but you can see it now.

Did I miss anything particularly terrific? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll add it to the online story.

Starbucks at Central and Rock slated to reopen Thursday

A Starbucks spokesperson says that the Starbucks at Central and Rock roads, which has been closed since Sept. 29 for remodeling, should be reopened by Thursday morning.

When it does, customers will find new furniture and a new Clover brewing system, which uses a vacuum press technology.

For more information, call the Starbucks at 316-315-0662.

Starbucks at Central and Rock closed for remodeling

The Starbucks at Central and Rock — arguably Wichita’s busiest Starbucks — closed on Sunday and will remain closed until a major remodel is done.

Starbucks stores generally are remodeled every 10 years, a Starbucks employee said, and Central and Rock is up. It opened on March 7, 2003. When it reopens, it will also have a Clover brewing system, which uses a vacuum press technology that’s said to make amazingly fabulous coffee.

The store’s drive through will reopen on Tuesday, but the lobby won’t be ready before Oct. 18.

Stay tuned for updates. And fear not. Rock Road has two other Starbucks — at Harry and Rock and at 29th and Rock.

Reverie putting on a coffee workshop

Reverie Coffee Roasters, a new coffee roasting/ brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas, is putting on a coffee aroma and tasting workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  on Saturday.

The hands-on workshop will be led by head roaster Rebecca McNelly and will include a formal coffee “cupping” and brewing technique demonstrations. Samples will be provided, too, and participants will get a copy of “33 Coffees” that will allow them to record tasting notes at home plus a half-pound of coffee and 10 percent off anything in the store.

Tickets are $35 and available at Reverie or over the phone by calling 316-616-4362.

Reverie’s grand opening is this weekend

Andrew Gough inside his new Reverie Coffee Roasters

My old pal Andrew Gough has gone from Wichita Eagle Dining Panelist to Coffee Connoisseur.

He just opened Reverie Coffee Roasters, a coffee roasting/ brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas. I stopped by on Friday to take a look, and I can report that this place could be dangerous for coffee lovers, including me.

The tastefully decorated shop is just getting up and going, but its main function will be selling freshly roasted coffee beans. Andy showed me his collection of green-colored unroasted beans, his giant, high-tech looking roaster and his bins of the finished product, which sell for about $15 a pound.

He also has shelves and shelves of very cool coffee gadgets, including vacuum-sealing coffee bean holders, brewers, presses and cups.

The shop also serves coffee — specialty drinks and slow-brewed basics. That’s not the focus of the shop, but it has a nice coffee bar and a couple of tables up front.

Roasted beans are on top. Unroasted beans are on the bottom.

This weekend, the shop is putting on a grand opening and will have music, food and free samples.

On Friday, B.S. Sandwich Press will be stationed outside the shop from 6 to 9 p.m., and Elliot Road will be inside performing from 7 to 8 p.m. The shop also will display artwork by Wayne Clark.

On Saturday, both B.S. Sandwich Press and The Flying Stove will be at the shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Kayla Fitzgerald Jacobs will perform from noon to 1 p.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the shop will be offering samples of coffee plus munchies.

For more information, call 316-616-4362.

Open (and stationary): Espresso To Go Go

The interior of the disco-rific new Espresso To Go Go

Warren and Ann Tandoc opened their new stationary coffee shop a little more than a week ago, and now, they’re brewing up a nice variety of coffee drinks underneath a giant disco ball.

 Espresso To Go Go, which is the staying-put version of the mobile coffee trailer the couple opened last summer, is at 102 N. St Francis — right on the corner of Douglas and St. Francis. It’s a tiny, 650-square-foot space that has seating for only about 10.

The Tandocs are serving up all the coffee drinks they had in the trailer and they’ve also added smoothies. Eventually, they’ll serve pastries, too.

I’ve been by the shop, which is bright and funky looking. I love the giant, shimmering disco ball that’s hanging from the ceiling.

As for the trailer — a giant 1973 Airstream Land Yacht – it’s on to a new life. The Tandocs sold it to someone from out of town.

“It really feels like we are rooted here, and that feels better to us,” Ann Tandoc says. “It feels more secure.”

The hours at the new shop are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-530-1905.