Headrush Roasters is a local family owned independent coffeehouse operated by Eric, Nancy and Joel Schneider. All three are passionate about all things coffee and tea. To be frank, Eric was burned out after working in the commercial insurance industry for 25 years. Ending this chapter in his life wasn’t easy, and even a little scary, but Eric and family are now having the time of their life and have never looked back. Although Eric had no background in the coffee industry prior to opening, Headrush has been very successful since the beginning. Eric attributes this to countless days of research spent and the wonderfully vibrant independent coffee community in Kansas City that was always willing to help.
To ensure the highest quality of coffee, Headrush strictly controls the entire process of selecting, roasting and brewing exquisite coffee. Eric and Joel source premier Arabica coffee beans from around the world, including fair-trade / organic offerings whenever possible. Although Eric and Joel appreciate traditional drum roasting, they opted for air roasting as they believe it offers an unmatched consistency in roast. Air-roasting also provides the convenience of being able to “roast-on-demand”. At Headrush, a pound of freshly roasted beans is available to take home in only six minutes! Why buy something roasted days, weeks or months before when you can leave Headrush with beans roasted just for you.
Eric's wife Nancy grew up in Yunnan, China, a beautifully lush mountainous area in the far southwest of the country. It is one of largest tea producing regions in the world, and it is believed to be the birthplace of tea. Its aged tea trees produce the tea leaves that have made Pu-erh, an exquisite and complex tea, the signature tea of Yunnan. Nancy's love of tea comes directly from her father who never fails to start his day with several cups of Yunnan's home grown tea.
Nancy says that the experience of growing up in a culture that is deeply steeped in tea tradition is what has inspired her lifelong love of tea. Nancy believes that fine quality teas should be accessible to everyone who is open to the experience. Her selection of fine loose leaf teas is a testament of her devotion and respect to the artistry of tea.
Together, Eric, Joel and Nancy continue their commitment to providing a gathering place for the community at large. They love to get to know everyone that comes in and serve exceptional coffee and tea drinks. Chances are that if you come by in the morning, you’ll see Betty, Eric’s 83 year old mother sipping her daily Italian style cappuccino! In addition, each barista at Headrush is carefully trained. Every employee at Headrush shares a love of coffee and tea.