By Anne Brockhoff
Kansas City is awash in good coffee and has been for a good long time. Broadway Café and Roasting Company celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and the Roasterie’s is this year. They’re not the only ones, though. PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. also hit the 20-year mark in 2013.
Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin co-founded PT’s in 1993 after Taylor couldn’t find the “better-than-average” cup of coffee he craved in Topeka. They opened a coffee shop or two but quickly realized that to get good coffee, they’d have to roast it themselves.
PT’s began roasting coffee in 1997, but even that wasn’t enough. To get the best coffee, Taylor decided, he’d have to go to the origin. So in 2001 he began traveling regularly to meet with coffee growers — in 2012, Taylor spent eight months on the road, visiting farms and family and studying Spanish.