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Coffee

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Kaldi's at Farrell Opens on Washington University Campus Today

    Kaldi's Coffee (520 South Euclid Avenue) is opening its sixth St. Louis location today on the campus of Washington University. It's open to the public though, not just students, which is good news for everyone. The name, Kaldi's at Farrell, comes from the Farrell Learning & Teaching Center which hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Kopi Luwak Made From Civet Poop Now Available at Cafe di Organo

    It's 7 a.m., you're still groggy, and you run into your favorite coffee shop to get a big, steaming cup of the good stuff. More than likely the barista can tell you just where those beans came from. But we bet a civet's poop wasn't the answer you were looking for. That's exactly what kopi luwak, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    First Look: The Corner Cup's Paleo Breakfast Options in Dogtown

    Late last month, Gut Check reported on the opening of the Corner Cup (1221 Tamm Avenue), which operates as a sister business to adjoining restaurant Tamm Avenue Grille. This week we stopped in for some breakfast -- currently served until 2 p.m. -- and, of course, a cup of joe. See also: The Corner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee?

    For this week's edition of Underrated/Overrated, we are tackling one thing we really can't live without: coffee. Yes, much of our caffeine intake is from the office coffee machine, and yes, sometimes we have no choice but to go to Starbucks. But St. Louis is having a boom in craft coffee, from Sump' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Coffee Cartel's Julia Mager: Featured Barista of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Julia Mager of Coffee Cartel. Below is a Q&A with Mager, followed by her recipe for a white-chocolate mocha. This week, we took the word "bar" in Girl Walks ... 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

    March 5, 2013

    First Look: Chronicle Coffee Opens on North Grand

    Sitting on the former site of the Blumeyer Housing Project -- St. Louis' last housing project dedicated to families -- Chronicle Coffee (1235 Blumeyer Street; 314-534-0524) aims to revitalize the area in a way the housing project never could. The shop, which opened on February 22, serves coffee, smo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    If Your Single-Serve Coffee Maker Isn't Trying to Burn You, It's Definitely Ripping You Off

    The single-serve coffee maker: Incredible convenience, or threat to life, limb and pocketbook? If the news this week is any indication, the latter seems more likely than the former. First, the New York Times looked at how much you're actually paying when you buy those pods that these single-serve c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Sump Coffee Opens Thursday, December 1

    ​Sump Coffee will open at 3700 South Jefferson Avenue this Thursday, December 1. The south city coffee house's regular hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.As Gut Check learned during a discussion with owner Scott Carey in October, Sump will use a Slayer espres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Starbucks Vs. the Pretentious Coffee Snobs

    Gut Check International Headquarters is fueled entirely by coffee. Fun fact: Many of us have served time as baristas. Therefore, the piping-hot cups of wonderful hold a special place in our hearts, in addition to allowing us to function as reasonably normal and productive members of society. But be ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Brace Yourself: 7-Eleven's Serving Up Free Coffee and Virtual Scaldings This Week

    7-ElevenFree 7-Eleven coffee and exacting online revenge? Oh, thank heaven!​7-Eleven's giving away free stuff, and it's not even on a date that has a seven or eleven in it! This Thursday, from 7 to 11 a.m. -- ah, there it is -- 7-Eleven stores will be giving away free medium cups of coffee in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Managers, Mind Your Baristas

    Wikimedia CommonsNo love with this latte.​ We know that being a barista isn't the easiest job in the world. There's an art to making espresso, just as there's an art to dealing with caffeine-starved rude masses. We feel for you. Really. That's why we heed your pet peeves, which are perfectly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Espresso con Panna, the Mud House

    ​We live in a noisy world. The trilling cell phones, the talking heads, the status updates; distractions clamor and follow us around like Pig Pen's dust cloud. Just checking your e-mail requires slagging through all the crap you're not interested in for the few messages that matter to you. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    It's the World's Most Transparent Viral Ad for GourmetGiftBaskets.com Largest Cup of Coffee!

    Via Eater comes word of some outfit called GourmetGiftBaskets.com garnering a lot of free advertising* for itself by setting the Guinness world record for the largest cup of coffee.The cup contains 2,010 gallons of coffee, or approximately as much coffee as is consumed at Gut Check International Hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Presses for Better Coffee

    Ah, coffee. I love the comfort of the morning coffee ritual: the first sip, the way a warm mug feels in my hand, the permeating aroma as I get my day going. But woe was the Novice Foodie this past summer when my doctor said I had to cut out caffeine for a while to ensure I wouldn't drop dead at a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Yirgacheffe a Coffee or a Brand?

    Like Champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe coffee takes its name from the region where it's grown. Sweet, fruity and well-balanced Yirgacheffe has become a household name among coffee aficionados. Now, due to changes in how Ethiopia regulates its coffee market, Yirgacheff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Java Enabled: This One's Just Right

    Cups are a superstitious part of any coffee drinker's routine. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a regular coffee drinker that didn't have a preferred vessel for enjoying their dark drink. There's always that one cup or mug -- for some inexplicable reason, it just makes the coffee taste better. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Java Enabled: On the Road, Coffee-Style

    There was a time when Alex McCracken was the most quoted man on coffee in St. Louis. When he was Kaldi's trainer, McCracken was regularly interviewed by St. Louis publications whenever they had a caffeine-related question. But you can only field questions about someone else's café so long before y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Java Enabled: Blue Mountain Blues

    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.It came in a small b ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 26, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Spanish Coffee

    Café Ventana
    3919 West Pine Boulevard
    314-531-7500

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Joe Biden Surprises Missouri Bookstore Employees

    Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden paid a surprise visit to By the Book bookstore in Liberty, MO, near Kansas City yesterday. "We knew he was coming to town from rumors that travel around the bookstore, but we didn’t know he was coming here until some photographers came in and told us to get r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Kaldi's Shot at the Big Time

    blog.kaldiscoffee.com Congrats to Alex McCracken and Mike Marquard of Kaldi's. They were two of the five finalists at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Midwest Regional Barista Competition, which took place this past weekend at the Third Degree Glass Factory. What's more, McCracken finis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Barista Battle

    www.cafeatray.com I totally should have posted this yesterday: The event has been underway since this morning. Sigh. Anyway... The Specialty Coffee Association of America's Midwest Regional Barista Competition is taking place today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Third Degree Glass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    How Sweet Are You?

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Marcia Sindel at La Dolce Via Sunday, a shade after noon. I wake up groggily. After one too many beers the night before - I attended my colleague Randy Roberts' going-away party, after all - my foggy brain can only focus on consuming two things: La Dolce Via's bot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    How Sweet Are You?

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Marcia Sindel at La Dolce Via From the files of Gut Check, the RFT food blog: Sunday, a shade after noon. I wake up groggily. After one too many beers the night before – I attended my colleague Randy Roberts’ going-away party, after all – my foggy brain can ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2007

    Segafredo Zanetti Espresso

    Café 4 U, 16 North Central Avenue, 314-863-2552.

  • Dining

    November 22, 2006

    Chaiser Soze

    La Dolce Via, 4474 Arco Avenue; 314-534-1699.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006

    Small Plates, Thursday, 10/5

    This week St. Louis says hello to two new dinner options -- and goodbye (for now) to an old favorite. The Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen opens for dinner today at 4:30 p.m. It's located at 34 South Old Orchard Avenue in Webster Groves, the space that once housed Ellie Forcella's. The menu offers ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2006

    Glen Phillips

    Friday, May 19, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

  • Dining

    April 5, 2006

    McDonald's "Richer, Bolder Coffee"

    McDonald's, 1420 Hampton Avenue,
    314-781-8032

  • Dining

    January 11, 2006

    86 the Banana Split

    Soda Fountain Square ain't a real diner, hon

  • Music

    September 14, 2005

    Fundamental Elements

    Untied (Soulthink Productions)

  • Dining

    July 6, 2005

    Bewitched, Bewildered

    The food at Café Ivanhoe is a treat, even if the concept is confusing

  • Dining

    February 2, 2005

    Chantico

    Starbucks, 521 Olive Street, 314-231-2150

  • Dining

    November 3, 2004

    Farmers' All Natural Creamery Non-Homogenized Grade A Organic 2% Milk

    Hartford Coffee Company, 3974 Hartford Street, 314-771-5282

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Crêpes

    City Coffeehouse & Creperie

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2004

    Live, from Canada

    It's the Big Show at the Commonspace

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2004

    If You Can Dodge a Wrench...

    What are all the cool kids doing? That's right: playing dodgeball.

  • Dining

    June 30, 2004

    Cappuccino

    Backyard, south city, 8:30 a.m.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Bakery

    La Dolce Via

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Dining

    February 12, 2003

    Flat-Out Delicious

    Philippe Habassi keeps St. Louis crêpe-lovers happy

  • Dining

    October 23, 2002

    Espresso Martini

    Bar Italia, 13 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7010

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Weird Beverage

    St. Louis Bubble Tea

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Coffee

    Starbucks

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Coffeehouse

    Shaw's Coffee Ltd.

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