AAPI Heritage Month with Cafe Cà Phê: Chad Barnes

By Kelcie McKenney
Photos by Travis Young

For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we teamed up with Catcall magazine to highlight the AAPI team members who make Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop Cafe Cà Phê possible. Read the intro here, and stick around this week to hear their stories.

What’s your title at Cafe Cà Phê?

Barista

Where is your family’s country of origin? 

My father is from Malaysia (Kuching to be exact)

What brought you and/or your family to Kansas City?

My husband and I moved to Kansas City for school and work.

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AAPI Heritage Month with Cafe Cà Phê: Phon Wills

By Kelcie McKenney
Photos by Travis Young

For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we teamed up with Catcall magazine to highlight the AAPI team members who make Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop Cafe Cà Phê possible. Read the intro here, and stick around this week to hear their stories.

What’s your title at Cafe Cà Phê?

Photographer + Content Creator

Where is your family’s country of origin? 

Laos

What brought you and/or your family to Kansas City?

My parents originally started in Boston, but had friends in KC who convinced them to move to the area and start a life here.

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AAPI Heritage Month with Cafe Cà Phê: Saranya Tosriprasert

By Kelcie McKenney
Photos by Travis Young

For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we teamed up with Catcall magazine to highlight the AAPI team members who make Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop Cafe Cà Phê possible. Read the intro here, and stick around this week to hear their stories.

What’s your title at Cafe Cà Phê?

Barista + Drink Specialist

Where is your family’s country of origin? 

Bangkok, Thailand

What brought you and/or your family to Kansas City?

Marriage

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AAPI Heritage Month with Cafe Cà Phê: Bety Le Shackelford

By Kelcie McKenney
Photos by Travis Young

For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we teamed up with Catcall magazine to highlight the AAPI team members who make Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop Cafe Cà Phê possible. Read the intro here, and stick around this week to hear their stories.

What’s your title at Cafe Cà Phê?

Director of Community Outreach

Where is your family’s country of origin? 

Vietnam

What brought you and/or your family to Kansas City?

I moved to KC at the end of 2018 with my then-fiance/now-husband, James, who is originally from here. And my mom moved here last summer when Mia was born! I love that Mia gets to grow up with her Bà Ngoại. It means the world to me that our little mango gets to experience her Vietnamese culture straight from the source. 

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AAPI Heritage Month with Cafe Cà Phê: Madoka Koguchi

By Kelcie McKenney
Photos by Travis Young

For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we teamed up with Catcall magazine to highlight the AAPI team members who make Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop Cafe Cà Phê possible. Read the intro here, and stick around this week to hear their stories.

What’s your title at Cafe Cà Phê?

Manager

Where is your family’s country of origin? 

Japan

What brought you and/or your family to Kansas City?

Helping my best friend Jackie open the first Vietnamese coffee shop in KCMO, Cafe Cà Phê.

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