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.
Lily Blend Inspired by Monet's Water Lilies
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 Inspired by Monet's Water Lilies
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.