Calling all coffee connoisseurs, there’s nothing better than a fancy espresso, latte or delicious cold brew coffee, right? Well you can get some of those for free in celebration of one of the most popular drinks in America. Did you know there was an entire day set aside to recognize coffee and coffee lovers? So have a cheat day, raise your mug and give a chant for caffeine – because Sept 28 is National Coffee Day.
Wichita’s coffee scene is solid, with a great selection of shops for any kind of coffee drinker. From cold brews to cinnamon-topped hot chocolates and cappuccinos, Wichita is a coffee city. In fact, ICT loves its coffee so much, many locals and visitors filled up their Wicked Brew Tour passports in just local coffee shops.
If you’re looking for an authentic coffee roaster with a collection of specialty brews in-house, Reverie Coffee Roasters is the place to go. The shop freshly roasts its coffee twice a week, carefully crafting it to achieve a balance of sweetness and original coffee flavoring. Reverie Roasters stays ahead of the coffee game with constant research on roasting, water filtration and brewing methods. The coffee hotspot has several events planned for National Coffee Day including a buy one, get one batch or cold brew coffee between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., a food truck (Lolo’s Crepes) from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Little Lion Ice Cream from 1:30-4 p.m. Plus, National Coffee Day happens on Final Friday, so the shop will also showcase its own coffee gallery with photos taken by one of the employees.
Mead’s Corner Coffeehouse is a melting pot of art and business culture. The shop houses Kansas-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, and gives customers the option of purchasing delicious gelato breakfast sandwiches, salads and paninis for lunch. On National Coffee Day this year, they will be offering $1 12-oz. coffee all day long, and three new pumpkin flavors plus pumpkin spice gelato, which they will sell through the season.
For the night owls or the early-risers, The Donut Whole has coffee nearly any time a craving kicks up. Open from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day, there are endless options of cake donuts and coffee pairings. Along with signature blends like the smooth, bold and espresso coffees, The Donut Whole works in cooperation with The Spice Merchant, a local coffee roaster for exclusive flavors. This national coffee day, expect to get a free drip coffee with every dozen donuts purchased.
College Hill Creamery is welcoming Pierre Oltean of Café Indigo, which sources directly from farmers from the Boquete region of Panama. Oltean is a respected roaster, and College Hill Creamery is supporting his efforts on National Coffee Day. The shop will have bottomless “Black Hole," its house coffee, and a caramel praline latte with real bits of pecans and a homemade creamed caramel. Lattes will be $3 for a 12 oz. mug. Customers can also get Nitro Joe’s Cold Brew on tap, Reverie Espresso and two great Thanksgiving flavors from California.
But what is the secret to success for many of these local favorites? Each place is unique and offers something the others don’t. For instance, at Churn & Burn, guests can enjoy coffee mixed with house-made cream base frozen with liquid nitrogen. That’s cream frozen at -320 degrees! The shop has all kinds of flavors and options, including lattes, cappuccinos, cortado, flat whites and macchiatos. On National Coffee Day, Churn & Burn will be offering shots of a drink they call "Crazy Lady," for only $1. The drink is two shot of espresso, mixed with Churn & Burn's own cream.
At Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, you can pair coffee with chocolate, but you can also pair it with gelato for one of the most delicious affogatos you have ever tasted. Add a syrup flavor off Cocoa Dolce’s long list including flavors like amaretto, Irish cream, blood orange, butterscotch or pumpkin spice. Head to the Cocoa Dolce Lounge and follow up your coffee order with a nice dessert or dessert wine like the Buller Fine Old Muscat, Dashe Late Harvest Zinfandel or the Quinta do Noval 10-year-old Tawny Port.
On the west side of Wichita, stop by Ecclesia Coffee, where the focus is on creating community over a cup of quality, hand-crafted coffee. This shop prides itself in its ethically-purchased and direct trade coffee. Plus, you and your friends will love sitting together on the comfortable and stylish bathtub lounge chairs. Stop by on National Coffee Day and receive a 20% discount on all coffee and lattes, and double punches on loyalty cards. Make sure you try the popular Amiercano or the Pour Over.
R Coffeehouse is a hidden gem in the quaint Riverside community. It is known for its delicious coffee concoctions, including its candy bar-flavored cappuccinos and espressos. The shop is also known for an encouraging creativity through art and performance, often holding live music sessions and displaying items with the Wichita flag to purchase.