In keeping with my premise that it is vitally important to know a great coffee spot in each and every section on the map, I present to you Second Best Coffee - 328 West 85th Street in Kansas City. There are 4 essential things you need to know about this java spot.
#1 They have a barista who is a perfectionist - he remade my coffee because he wasn't satisfied with how it looked the first time.
#2 An exceptionally fine preparation of my Gibraltar. Smooth and dark without being bitter.
#3 A small pastry case containing baked goods. Not too little and not too big, just the right size - so as not to overwhelm with too many choices. And in that case ... was this sour cherry pop tart from Heirloom Bakery.
#4 I love that the name describes their philosophy about coffee, and it was clearly on display during the preparation of my drink. "Second Best is not about self-deprecation, but a way for us to acknowledge and pledge that tomorrow's coffee will clearly make today's Second Best".
This was truly an enjoyable coffee experience. I feel that the sour cherry pop tart accompanied by the Gibraltar is likely the very best combination to be had there. However, I do not want to be hasty in my judgement. Therefore, I am making it my mission to return and consider other pastry selections to accompany the Gibraltar. Stay tuned.