Rodin's The Thinker “Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.”

-Alfred North Whitehead


Looking deeper into life has been a pull on my heart since I was a young boy. I remember when my dad printed out a picture of Rodin’s, The Thinker, for me. He handed it to me as he said; “Hmmm”… I remember feeling a sense of wonder after hearing this utterance and gazing at the statue before my eyes. There was a deep attraction to this work of art. It fascinated me, but I didn’t know why at the time. I liked it so much that I taped it to the outside of my school binder.

As happens to most of us in life, we go through periods where we forget the important questions. We lose the innocent curiosity of our childhood. We get lost in our stories…in our thoughts, memories, beliefs, fears and other emotions.  We forget who we are, as we live out the life script handed to us by society, our parents, or from a myriad of other sources.

Several years ago, Life graciously brought me to a place where the questions and discomfort were so loud that I had to pay attention to them. I followed the questions and discomfort inward, which ultimately resulted in freedom from a lifetime of accumulated pain and confusion.

My journey has been a journey inward, developing my philosophy of life from countless conversations, friendships, books, and guidance from that silent nudging that is there inside of us all.  This journey has led me to a deep wonder for life and I am seeking to share this wonder and love of specialty coffee with Kansas City.

Specialty coffee has been an interest for me for many years.  In the winter of 2011, I began roasting my own high quality coffee at home as a new hobby.  My wife, Shondi, was impressed by my gourmet coffee and encouraged me to enter a local home roasting competition in the summer of 2012.  Although initially hesitant to enter, I was elated when I heard the news that I had won the competition.  After winning, Shondi and I decided to turn this coffee roasting hobby into a business with dreams of escaping my job in the corporate world.

Steven and Shondi Webb
Owners of Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee.

Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee sources all of their unroasted coffee through an importer that purchases it directly from the farmers. This enables the farmers to receive a premium for their high quality crop as there are no “middlemen”. The unroasted coffee is then roasted to order to ensure you receive the freshest coffee possible.  We are committed to finding high quality coffee, and through the art of roasting, provide an interesting and complex coffee for your home or business.

Check out our current freshly roasted coffee offerings!