One of the best things about traveling is getting the feel of each new area thru their individual businesses. But, that has been disappearing as the chain stores/franchises spread throughout the country/the world. That is one thing that attracts me to Austin, Texas, the diversity of eateries and small privately owned businesses. It is very unusual for a town the size of Austin to stay so simple in this new world of ours.
A new coffee shop opened last Friday in Topeka. It is called The Flying Monkey. I think that name is for one of the coffees that their owner’s, PT’s Coffee, roasts, but don’t quote me on that. Topeka as a city is hurting for a lot of things, but it really needed a good coffee shop, more centrally located, near our local university, Washburn. And that is the what the Flying Money is. A very good coffee shop owned and run by guys that are super passionate about coffee.
PT’s coffee is pretty famous in the coffee world. They won the National roaster of the year award for 2008. Pretty strange for a small start up coffee company in the midwest. The owner’s Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin have been doing this for nearly 20 years and travel all over the world buying the best coffee they can find. I appreciate their passion.
I’ve went to the Flying Monkey everyday since they opened last Friday and love the ambiance. Welded metal, natural woods, concrete and glass. It is a comfortable place to hang. Anyway, if you want to get some of the best coffee on the planet from some guys that are crazy knowledgeable and passionate about coffee, click here to go to their website to shop online. Their are quite a few different choices from throughout the world. Their website is very good, with lots of depth. If you happen to come through Topeka sometime and want a great cup of joe, then make sure you go by the Flying Monkey.
Here’s a little video of the guys that run the place and their passion.