Midwest Living Review
Sure, there may be a Starbucks three blocks down the street, and that much closer to the University of Missouri campus, but a lot of students still go the extra distance to get their java fix from this locally owned shop. Lakota offers a variety of coffees, including organic and Fair Trade roasts, all from the original arabica species and painstakingly hand-roasted. The shop opened in 1992 after the owner visited a Texas roastery, followed by a trip around the country to learn as much as he could about the bean in question. The name Lakota was inspired, of course, by the native American tribe--it means "friendly people." And with the space's original 1920s brick walls, hardwood plank floors, and handmade hickory seating, as well as its youthful clientele, the coffee shop definitely does give off a warm and welcoming ambiance.