The Nelson-Atkins has teamed with two beloved Kansas City Institutions, The Roasterie and André’s Confiserie Suisse, for a series combining custom products inspired by well-known works of art from the museum. The air-roasted coffee beans blended by The Roasterie are sourced internationally, as are the artworks hanging at the Nelson-Atkins, and André’s family-owned business is rooted in three generations of Swiss-trained confiseurs. So each coffee blend and creamy chocolate are sparked by a well-known work of art to create an enriching, unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.
And because the Nelson-Atkins collection spans 5,000 years, the possibilities for future pairings is truly endless.
The Rispal Blend
Celebrating the work of Vincent van Gogh, the Roasterie created The Rispal Blend, a dark coffee with punchy acidity, inspired by the Van Gogh painting Restaurant Rispal at Asnières in the Nelson-Atkins collection. It is complemented by milk chocolate batons laced with bright, citrus flavor crafted by André’s Confiserie Suisse.
Van Gogh Lemon Mocha Batons
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s painting Restaurant Rispal at Asnières in the Nelson-Atkins collection, these mocha milk chocolate batons are laced with bright, citrus flavor crafted by André’s Confiserie Suisse.
The Wilderness Blend
Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness represents the artist’s mature style in a monumental work that was painted toward the end of his career. To complement this masterpiece, The Roasterie created The Wilderness Blend, a medium roast coffee with notes of brown spice, finishing with a hint of orange blossom.
Dark Chocolate Bâtons
André’s Wilderness Dark Chocolate Bâtons are made with their signature Swiss dark chocolate. The deep, rich chocolate showcases notes of blueberry, dried plum, coffee, and black tea. André’s Confiserie Suisse infused this blend with Swiss Alpine salt and brown spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne) to further embody the bold, dramatic feeling that Caravaggio created with his vibrant use of dark shadows and bright shafts of light.
Created in collaboration with The Roasterie Coffee’s Wilderness Blend, to be enjoyed together for a sensory experience that emulates the dramatic artistry of Caravaggio’s Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness.
The Lily Blend is an inspired comingling of art, coffee, and chocolate. This smooth, nuanced coffee blend invites a sense of peace and tranquility, much like the painting that inspired it. When Claude Monet began working on Water Lilies in 1915, he did so in the moments of destruction and chaos that accompanied World War I. Instead of giving in to the oppression around him, Monet chose to paint a lush portion of his garden that signified life, observing the shifting shadows, shapes and colors around him. The Lily Blend summons sensory memories to provide a refuge of calm meditation.
Raspberry Chocolate Bâtons
A blend of milk chocolate with notes of caramel and vanilla, infused with organic raspberry. The creamy chocolate with floral notes helps embody the light, tranquil feeling that Claude Monet captured in his series of paintings that focus on reflection and inner peace. This smooth chocolate is intended to be enjoyed with a cup of The Lily Blend for a harmonious experience that emulates the artistry of Monet’s Water Lilies.
Several years ago, the Roasterie collaborated with the Nelson-Atkins to create this balanced, deeply inspiring coffee that was served exclusively at the museum’s Rozzelle Court restaurant. Now, you can purchase and enjoy it anywhere. The Nelson-Atkins blend is delicate yet strong, inviting introspection and serenity.