Starbucks Isn’t the Only Coffee Shop in KC

Sleep-deprived college students depend on caffeine to make it through a day and UMKC students are no exception. Starbucks is a popular choice, as well as Jazzman’s on campus, but other coffee places around Kansas City remain largely unexplored.

Oddly Correct

Oddly Correct is located on the corner of Main Street and 39th, across from A to Z Locksmith and Clint’s Books Comics & Games. A small, quaint coffeehouse with a mostly wooden finish, customers sit on high metal stools at long wooden tables bolted to the floor.

 “It has a simple and cool vibe. It’s not overly elaborate,” said Michael O’Brien, UMKC performance major who frequents Oddly Correct.

O’Brien ordered the cranberry kiwi black coffee, which is a mixture of cranberry kiwi juice and coffee brewed from South American coffee beans. There are three choices of fruit flavors, rotated during the week in order to provide variety.

The Filling Station

The Filling Station, located in the parking lot near the Old Westport sign at the intersection of Westport Road and Jarboe Street provides quick coffee on the go. The Filling Station has indoor seating or customers can utilize the drive-thru. They carry many types of coffee, including a rotating selection from Oddly Correct. Cold-brewed black coffee is called “toddy.” They also have cinnamon rolls, croissants, hot chocolate and tea on the menu. For a quick pick-me-up, the Filling Station has it all for less than $5.

Westport Coffeehouse

Westport Coffeehouse is located at 40th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. This quaint coffeehouse emits a calm, relaxed atmosphere with dimmed lights and smooth jazz playing in the background. The menu offers a variety of coffee types, many with curious names such as “Snickers Latte” and “Chocolate Monkey,” which were very sweet and delicious, a great departure from black coffee. The drinks were served with little plant shapes illustrated in foam. The prices are moderately low, but the snacks are a bit more expensive.

The sitting area was littered with small tables, chairs and arcade games. Multicade and Pac Man were provided, and a jukebox sat discreetly in the background. Westport Coffeehouse also has an internet café with free Wi-Fi. This allows for a wonderful place to have a good drink and get homework done. Each Saturday at 8 p.m., the coffee house provides Improv shows for only $5 for students.

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