Usually on here you hear me touting how awesome coffee shop X is. I’m a very up-beat guy. Especially just after having coffee. Not so much, today.
There’s this new branch of a coffee shop downtown called Perk Up. By virtue of the name, you would think I would love this place. In fact, when starting KC Perky, this new location of Perk Up had just opened a few weeks prior; I was concerned the two would get confused with each other. Now I’m really concerned, but for other reasons.
When I first went to Perk Up, it was their opening week, possibly their second day open. The facts that the coffee was so-so and the breakfast sandwich I had, The Samwich*, was very blah, I wrote off to them being a new, inexperienced shop. Fast forward two months to today. The sandwiches are still very, very blah. And the barrista was well below-par. For example, he was telling us how much he hated his job. He served the wrong type of jelly doughnut to my friend. In his defense, he also seemed over-worked. During opening week, there were 3 or 4 people behind the counter, today, just 1, and a long line of people waiting.
Now, just because the coffee and service are bad doesn’t mean I can’t say something nice about Perk Up. It does have a wide variety of sugary snacks and beverages that I’m sure go over quite well with the downtown office worker crowd. Its a perfect place to get dessert after you have Jimmy Johns for lunch next door. But that’s where the compliments stop.
Verdict: Avoid this place till it gets its act together. If you have to get your caffeine somehow, chew used coffee grounds before you go in here.
*The Samwich: egg and sausage between two pieces of french toast. Not made of the meat of Sam. Such a disappointment.
//update 3/1: Perk Up’s original location in Overland park [map] is way better than its new branch. Comfy chairs, friendly staff, and an eye given to the quality of the coffee. I consider these two shops entirely non-related aside from their names.