Café Ollama: Latin-Inspired Coffee in the Crossroads

Lesley Reyes and her husband, Francisco Murguia, long thought it would be a good idea to have a Latin-inspired coffee shop in Kansas City. “We’ve just always felt like the Latino culture was just a little bit underrepresented given that there are so many Latinos in Kansas City,” Reyes says. “If we ever had the opportunity to, we wanted to bring something of ours to the city.” Now, the couple owns Café Ollama in the Crossroads (523 Southwest Blvd.), which serves up coffee sourced from Chiapas in drinks like the Café de Olla, a traditional Mexican coffee drink brewed with cinnamon, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), and other spices in a clay pot. “I feel like every time I take a sip of that, it just kind of gives you that warm feeling,” Reyes says.

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