You feel it when you walk through the door of Post Coffee Company in Lee’s Summit. It’s a sensory experience involving smell, taste, hearing, touch and vision. That’s because co-owners, Tanner Stevens and Levi Holland, have created a space that draws coffee connoisseurs of all age and genre.
The coffee grinder hums in the background, blending with the quiet conversation.
“When it comes to roasting, coffee sourcing is the first key to having success. We source the majority of our beans from BodhiLeaf Coffee Traders in Orange, California, and also from Midwest Coffee Traders in Lenexa, Kansas,” Holland says. “The process of selecting the best green coffee allows us to have excellent roasted coffee. We roast on a Diedrich IR-5 roaster. With each distinct coffee, I roast many samples to determine the optimal profile for that particular bean, meaning, for example, with a natural Ethiopian, I want to nuance the blueberry characteristics, and for a Sumatra, the earthy, spicy, chocolatey characteristics. Each coffee has a different density, different moisture content, and responds to the heat of the roasting process differently, so we set our profiles and then record them with computer software, which allows us to roast each specific coffee with consistency every time.”
They get green samples in from their importers, roast and cup, taste, and evaluate them, then select the coffees that impress their palate most.
“We then can add our signature to the coffee by roasting the different beans in slightly nuanced ways that optimize the characteristics and flavors of each single origin bean. Then, that coffee makes its way to our bar, where we are pleased to serve you the best product we can,” he smiled.
The future is brimming over for this coffee duo, as they now own Goat Hill, at 811 W. 17th Street, in the Westside of Kansas City. The space was formerly occupied by Little Freshie. The name Goat Hill has historical significance, specifically, “goats” were supporters of Joe and Tom Pendergast, political bosses that once lived in this neighborhood.
The pair wanted to brand their shop in a way that could truly belong to the neighborhood. They were not on the hunt for another location, but rather found themselves in the right place at the right time.
“We have always loved the Westside area and the local businesses that are doing such a great job with incredible products and services. In efforts of supporting local tradition, we are thrilled to continue offering Little Freshie syrups! Lindsay’s creations are incredible, and we will be rotating her staple and seasonal flavors,” Holland says. “The space was already amazing, but we did make a few practical renovations. We added an additional five bar seats, a hand-painted mural by Beth Laird, and some custom bar pieces. Goat Hill offers a different menu, different hours, and a different décor than Post. Our desire is for it to be Westside’s coffee shop. Goat Hill is an extension of the Post Coffee family. It’s locally and family owned, and we will continue to seek ways of serving the neighborhood, offering excellent products, and being a part of the betterment of Kansas City.”
Post is expanding its menu, with an option called the Glencairn. This specific drink will continuously rotate through different recipes. Everything from the coffee and tonic water to espresso and ginger beer. Though it will change throughout the year, it will continue to be served in the Glencairn glass it is named after.
These coffee guys are currently working with many like-minded people in the Kansas City area. Specifically, Colony Espresso and Beer, Hammer Hand in Liberty and The W in Lee’s Summit. They are collaborating with a number of local offices and churches, as well as a couple of breweries.
“This year, we are excited to be offering nitro coffee in their bar sections and a different collaboration of coffee beers. We love working with people outside of the café setting and are looking forward to focusing on growing the wholesale side of our business,” Holland says. “We are also working with Nick from LaCucaracha Press on a lot of new items he makes, along with printing our shirts and other merchandise. He is a great local artist, and we love working with him.”
Whether you choose to spend time at Post or Goat Hill, the experience will impress upon you the importance of fellowship and community and, most of all, the value of a cupful of goodness.
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