A huge congrats to Pete Licata, the QA manager at the downtown location of Parisi coffee, for winning the 2013 World Barista Championship.

Over the last 10 years, Kansas City has exploded with some absolutely fantastic coffee shops: Broadway (of course) and the Roasterie have been around for a while. We now also have Oddly Correct, Quay, and Parisi, among some others.

A few months ago Parisi opened up a second cafe that’s closer to where I live, and it’s become my new favorite spot to work from on Tuesdays (the day I leave my home office to get out and work from somewhere else).

2013 World Barista Champ: Kansas City’s Pete Licata