About Us


“By skill & hard work.”

Founded by Tyler and Jaime Rovenstine, Monarch has been a vision several years in the making. After welcoming a daughter in 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, and 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). Jaime provided the overall aesthetic vision, interior design concept, and handles social media, marketing, and event space management.

Our aim is to provide a new 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.

Monarch is located in the historic Valentine neighborhood of Kansas City, in the recently renovated Ambassador Building.

Images: Portrait by Jeff León Jones; Barista competition by Charlie Burt for Sprudge.com