Founded by Tyler and Jaime Rovenstine in July 2017, Monarch was vision several years in the making. After welcoming a their first child in early 2015, they were inspired to finally open the shop they had been talking about creating for over a decade.

A barista and an artist, respectively, Monarch is a marriage of coffee and art.

An established and decorated barista, Tyler brings the coffee excellence, with thirteen years in the specialty coffee industry, Q grader certification, recognition in both regional and national barista competitions (2013 South Central Regional Barista Competition, Finalist; 2014 South Central Regional Barista Competition, Champion; 2014 United States Barista Competition, Semi-Finalist), and a strong presence as a leader in the KC coffee community. Jaime provided the overall aesthetic and brand vision, interior design concept, and handles social media, marketing, and event space management.

Portrait by Jeff León Jones


Upon opening in July 2017 we hired a solid team of coffee professionals. We are proud to have our original staff still with us today, and are grateful for all they contribute to our cafe. SHOUT OUT to Caleb, Gisel, Nicole, Kyle, Amyann, Reuben, & Jen.


Our aim is to provide a cafe experience where the coffee is excellent, the service is intentional, the space is inspiring, and your visit is satisfying and comfortable.

We are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive anchor in our community, and for our company to embody equity values, in staffing, partnerships, and how we engage with our city and the coffee industry as a whole.