While developing our special Heartland issue, we stumbled on lots of great edible goods from Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, some of which found a permanent place in our kitchens. Here's a guide to sourcing our favorites, from coffee to cured meats.
There are all sorts of wonderful coffees roasted in the region. The Omaha restaurant The Grey Plume house-roasts smooth, rich Las Chiapas Roast from shade-grown fair-trade organic beans grown by cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico. Kansas City's Oddly Correct Coffee comes with tasting notes labeled on the back for beans like sweet Ethiopian Gelana Abaya, which has hints of berry and cocoa. Housed in a former Kansas City fire station, Broadway Roasting Company roasts fascinating beans including nutty, earthy Indian Monsoon Malabar. Stored in a well-ventilated warehouse during the monsoon season in India, the beans evolve and age thanks to the rain moisture floating in the air.