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Coffee

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Thursday Throwdown: The (Local) Pumpkin Spice Latte Battle

    A gust of wind blew yellow leaves across Forest Park Parkway today, driving home what we already know: It's fall. Though the air hasn't turned cold enough for coats, the emerging autumn colors and shorter days mark the beginning of pumpkin spice latte season. For this week's Thursday Throwdown, we s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Is Your Latte Art Good Enough for Coffee Fest St. Louis?

    Coffee Fest, a java-centric trade show, is coming to St. Louis at the end of May at the Cervantes Convention Center at America's Center. There's a big opportunity for Gateway baristas -- a latte art competition. Instagram and artisan coffeehouses have encouraged the rise of so-called "latte art" whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee Is...

    You guys were pretty vocal on this one -- there is a lot of good coffee to be had in St. Louis. The winner took a whopping 47.17 percent of the vote, while write-ins accounted for more than 31 percent. So, where should we all be getting our next cup of coffee? See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery

    Sump Coffee Roasters (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) is holding its latest popup collaboration this Saturday, November 16. After all, what's better than handcrafted coffee on a Saturday? Handcrafted coffee on a Saturday with brunch. Lulu's Local Eatery, a vegan food truck, will be holed ... More >>

  • 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

    July 19, 2013

    La Cosecha Roasters Pairs with Great Harvest For First Location

    La Cosecha is a fair trade coffee roaster you may have seen around St. Louis -- they provide java for Deer Creek Coffee (9820 Clayton Road, 314-262-8494), Sarah's Cake Shop (10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, 636-728-1140) and Global Foods Market (421 North Kirkwood Road, 314-835-1112). But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    First Look: Comet Coffee

    See also: Slideshow: A First Look at Comet Coffee Comet Coffee Opens in Highlands Plaza Today There's coffee, and then there's coffee. The former is typically cheap and exists to get us through the day, while the latter is responsible for swoons and weakened knees at the simple utterance of "Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Owner Scott Carey Discusses New Sump Coffee

    Ian FroebSump Coffee in south city​I noted last week that a new coffeehouse called Sump Coffee will be opening at 3700 South Jefferson Avenue in south city. Today, I had a chance to speak with owner Scott Carey, who returned to his hometown of St. Louis last year after spending time in both Berkel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Cafe Ventana's Lucas Prize: Featured Bartender of the Week, Barista Edition

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Sarah Baraba profiles Café Ventana's Lucas Prize. Below is a Q&A with Prize, followed by the recipe for a Spanish Coffee. Sarah Baraba​OK, so we cheated a smidge. Lucas Prize is ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011
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    July 26, 2011

    Watch Kaldi's Trainer Joe Marrocco in Brazil

    Last April Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's won the South Central Regional Barista Championship. One of the perks of being among the best baristas in the country is sometimes, you get to visit the places where the coffee beans grow. Marrocco, along with other regional barista champs, are visiting Brazil wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Cup of Colombia Cauca Inza, Half & Half

    Image via​If you show up at Half & Half (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-973-0446), Clayton's bustling new breakfast-and-lunch spot, at 11 a.m., smack in the middle of the Sunday brunch rush and sans reservation, expect to wait. If the host informs you that it will be about a half an hour b ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 7, 2011
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    April 4, 2011

    South Central Regional Barista Competition: And the Winner Is...

    The setup at one of the stations at the South Central Regional Barista Competition.​Several former baristas work here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and sometimes when we're really, really bored, we gather in someone's cubicle and compare war stories. Oddly enough, none of these stor ... More >>

  • 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

    January 18, 2011

    Starbucks Pitches a Trenta

    StarbucksA new size and a new logo (above) are among the changes at Starbucks.​Once upon a time, there were only two drink sizes at Starbucks: the eight-ounce short and the twelve-ounce tall. Now, of course, tall is the de facto small -- short cups are still around, though Starbucks rarely (if eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Eating in New Orleans, Five Years After Katrina

    Five years later, the New Orleans Times-Picayune looks at thirteen ways Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans' food culture - what's gone, what's new, and why the tea got sweeter. Forget Yelp! and foursquare. Foodspotting just got some big financial backing to make it a player in the food social m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Changes at Pi's CWE Coffee Bar

    Image via​The bad news: barista extraordinaire Alex Brooks is leaving Pi, according to a posting on the restaurant's Facebook page.Brooks came from Portland, Oregon, to get the coffee bar at the Central West End location (400 North Euclid Avenue) established. He's headed home to return to his stud ... 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 >>

  • 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 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

    October 7, 2009

    Java Enabled's Postcard from Costa Rica: Typical Coffee

    At first glance it looks like a baby's sock hanging from a mini oil derrick, slowly dripping the black liquid into the cup below. OK, maybe it's closer to a Chemex than I'm making it sound, but the "typical" -- or "tipico," as restaurant menus across the country will remind you -- percolador style o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Java Enabled: Southwest's Coffee Gets a LIFT

    It's been a while since I've taken a vacation and even longer since I've flown. So when a good deal on a Labor Day weekend in Orlando, Florida, popped up, I jumped at the chance to go. As I filed down the ramp with the rest of my fellow passengers, I was surprised to see an ad on the wall for LIFT, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Java Enabled: Coffee's Big-Ass Red

    ​In What to Drink with What to Eat, sommelier Steve Beckta writes about the challenge of finding that perfect bottle of wine to meet the different tastes of every diner at the table: "Scientifically, there may be a bottle of wine they 'should' have. But...they're not going to like that at all. Wh ... 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

    August 5, 2009

    Java Enabled: How Do You Store Your Beans?

    The only time I've ever had something remotely close to an argument with another coffee drinker was over how beans should be stored at home. How often have you heard of someone storing their beans one way and thinking, "Oh god, they're ruining that coffee"?For me, the greater question is why there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Java Enabled: Have Coffee, Will Travel

    One of the things I love most about travel is getting the chance to try new cafés. (As I wrote last week, some coffee aficionados base entire trips on this premise.) But even when your travels won't lead you to some undiscovered java gem, you might not want to sacrifice the comfort and security of ... 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 17, 2009

    Java Enabled: Chill Out with Cold-Brewed Coffee

    Last summer I was in New York visiting friends over Memorial Day when I first saw the signs. Walking between friends' apartments, going to restaurants and even a backyard barbecue in the West Village, I kept seeing café windows advertising cold-brewed coffee. Between the cafés and people I spoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Java Enabled: Mokka Express, Revisited

    My Bialetti Mokka Express stovetop coffee maker was the first specialized percolator I ever bought. With a newly christened driver's license, I used to drive to J. Viviano's and Sons on the Hill to buy Italian coffee in search of the promise of real espresso at home. It will be no surprise to the h ... 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

    May 27, 2009

    Java Enabled: Coffee Break Point

    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.The first shot was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Actually, Java Enabled Meant to Say Expresso

    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.When I was in high s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Can Java Enabled Win the One-Cup-a-Day Bet?

    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.I am not addicted to ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Coffee Recession-Proof?

    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.Is coffee recession ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Java Enabled: The Café, Unplugged

    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.I sit at the mouth o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Java Enabled: Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back

    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.A friend of mine in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Java Enabled: The Rise of Joe Double-Shot

    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.Last September, McDo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    No Hallucination, STL Addicted to Caffeine

    An outfit called HealthSaver -- a "health-care discount program" -- has released its second annual HealthSaver Caffeinated Cities Survey. The survey looked at caffeine consumption in twenty major metropolitan areas, including St. Louis.How do we rank? Well, we love our caffeine -- God knows, it's t ... More >>

  • News

    October 1, 2008
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    May 16, 2008

    Starbucks: Once More, With Energy!

    Starbucks continues its attempts to reinvent itself. First, the struggling behemoth returned to its roots, rededicating itself to better brewed coffee. It bought the company that manufactures the high-end Clover coffee-brewing system and introduced the new -- albeit very bland -- Pike Place Blend as ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008
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    December 14, 2007

    Bookplates: Starbucked

    Gut Check reviews new(ish) food- and drink-related books. www.amazon.co.uk A few years ago, I got a job as a Starbucks barista. As part of my training, I had to attend coffee school. The instructor was named Ernie. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of coffee production, from farming t ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2007

    Black Lightning coffee

    SqWires, 1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522.

  • Dining

    January 18, 2006

    Bean There

    Hummus? Mediterranean omelets? Eye-opening jolts of java? At the Oasis, you can have it all.

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