Coffee Roasting Company

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The Five Best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in St. Louis

    Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us and we recently found out that people are abbreviating them "PSL," as in, "I'm heading to the 'Bucks for a PSL." If that isn't bad enough, even McDonald's is offering pumpkin spice lattes this season -- proof the trend has officially jumped the shark. However, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

    As the long summer afternoons drag on, we could all use a quick pick-me-up -- not those sugary, chemical-ridden energy drinks, but rather good old-fashioned coffee. Chances are your local coffee shop is like a second home -- special mugs, chatty baristas and free wifi; it's likely you've grown quite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Mike Marquard Discusses Blueprint Coffee, Opening This Summer in the Delmar Loop

    Three weeks ago Gut Check learned that Blueprint Coffee is planning to open at 6225 Delmar Boulevard, along the same block of the Delmar Loop where two other restaurants have already opened this year: Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430) and Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]

    When the Del Taco at 212 South Grand Boulevard in Midtown closed in the summer of 2011, a grassroots coalition of urban preservationists and locals who just like cool things, damn it, banded together to save the iconic midcentury-modern "flying saucer" building from demolition. The result of their e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Fitz's Collaborates with Kaldi's and Pi Pizzeria To Brew Specialty Sodas

    Fitz's American Grill & Bottling Works (6605 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-9555) has teamed up with two other local companies, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company (multiple locations) and Pi Pizzeria (multiple locations), to form a soda collaborative. Fitz's owner Michael Alter, who return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Tidbits from Clayton, Patric Chocolate, Hot Aztec

    ​- Next week is the annual Clayton Restaurant Week. From Monday, January 23, through Sunday, January 29, participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe meals for $25 per person (tax and tip not included). As with any restaurant week, reservations are recommended. You can view the list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Tidbits from Kaldi's, the Grove, Vino Nadoz

    A few more items from a very, very busy news week:- Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company is a finalist in the coffee category of the second annual Good Food Awards, a national competition judged by food producers, farmers, grocers and journalists to honor (and Gut Check is quoting the Good Food Awards he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    The Five Best Places in St. Louis to Have a Cup of Coffee

    ​Today is National Coffee Day. Of course, at Gut Check International Headquarters, every day is coffee day, but if we must dedicate this one gorgeous September Thursday to the beverage that fuels our work, then so be it.Already this week, we honored Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company in the Riverfron ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Kaldi's Hosts South Central Regional Barista Competition This Weekend

    James HoffmannDream big: A participant in a past World Barista Championship. The South Central Regionals take place in St. Louis this weekend, April 1-3.​What's that buzz? It's the sound of baristas and coffee aficionados descending on the Chase Park Plaza today, April 1, through Sunday for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Gimme Patric and Askinosie Chocolate NOW!

    ​Now that you've read this week's feature about Patric Chocolate and Askinosie Chocolate, Missouri's two bean-to-bar chocolate makers, you're probably craving a chocolate fix right now. But grabbing a Hershey's from the office vending machine? Wouldn't make you feel unspeakably foolish now that yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Fifteen Shots Later, Part 2: Java Enabled Judges the Midwest Regional Barista Competition

    Photo courtesy Kaldi's Coffee​On Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, Zach Dyer helped judge the Midwest Regional Barista Competition, with the winner advancing to the national competition in Anaheim in April 2010. In last week's post, Dyer explained how the competition works and describe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Java Enabled: Fifteen Shots Later, Part 1

    ​When I received an e-mail a few weeks ago inviting me to sit as one of the sensory judges at the 2009-2010 Midwest Regional Barista Competition, I jumped at the opportunity. At my most delusional, it sounded like "celebrity judge" -- at the very least, it sounded like a great time. Last weekend, ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Java Enabled Previews the Midwest Regional Barista Competition

    ​"It's like Iron Chef with baristas making coffee drinks."That's how Josh Ferguson, owner of Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company, describes the Midwest Regional Barista Competition. The competition gathers the best baristas from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dako ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    FoodWire: GQ Names Kaldi's One of Ten Best for Coffee

    Oliver Strand of GQ magazine has named Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company one of the ten best places for coffee in the United States. Kaldi's illustrious company on the list includes such nationally well-known coffee purveyors as Intelligentsia of Chicago and Los Angeles and Stumptown of Portland (Oreg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Java Enabled: Lo Mejor de Monserrate

    Lo Mejor de Monserrate. It means, "the best of Monserrate." This perhaps presumptuous claim is the name of a tiny cooperative nestled high in the mountains of Colombia's Huila coffee region. Last month Tyler Zimmer and Mike Marquard of Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company visited Monserrate. This was a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Java Enabled: Probat, Unlike Any Other

    It's the Cadillac of roasters -- or maybe the Mercedes-Benz, considering its origin. The German coffee roaster Probat isn't a household name, but it's synonymous in coffee circles with high quality coffee roasting. Some of the best artisan roasters in St. Louis -- Shaw's Coffee Ltd., Northwest Coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Java Enabled Visits Kaldi's Barista Jam

    Crowds, kegs out back, live music and coffee -- lots of coffee. While it might sound like that college party you don't remember very well (the one that ended up at Uncle Bill's at 4:00 am), it was, in fact, Kaldi's Summer Barista Jam.Last Friday, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company hosted its third bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Java Enabled's Day at the Roasters

    "It smells sweet, like candy," my friend said as I extended my wrist to his nose. My skin had absorbed the caramel flavors that had been wafting around me all day like a welcome second-hand smoke. It was the smell of coffee roasting.It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Java Enabled: Dedicated to Coffee and Free for All

    "If you look out that window, you can still see the original smokestack that they put in when they started roasting coffee here," said Mike Marquard, a barista trainer for Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company.We were sitting in the back room of the roaster's DeMun café. Sure enough, tucked away behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Jave Enabled: Coffee for One

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Betrayal was the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Java Enabled: Kaldi's Barista Smokes His Way to the Top

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Tobacco smoke, caram ... More >>