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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
3919 West Pine Boulevard
Café 4 U, 16 North Central Avenue, 314-863-2552.
La Dolce Via, 4474 Arco Avenue; 314-534-1699.
Friday, May 19, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
McDonald's, 1420 Hampton Avenue,
Soda Fountain Square ain't a real diner, hon
Untied (Soulthink Productions)
The food at Café Ivanhoe is a treat, even if the concept is confusing
Starbucks, 521 Olive Street, 314-231-2150
Mirasol, 6144 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-6909; Arthur Clay's, 7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314-645-0300; Meshuggah, 6269 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-726-5662
Hartford Coffee Company, 3974 Hartford Street, 314-771-5282
Rhythm & Brews
City Coffeehouse & Creperie
It's the Big Show at the Commonspace
What are all the cool kids doing? That's right: playing dodgeball.
Backyard, south city, 8:30 a.m.
La Dolce Via
Philippe Habassi keeps St. Louis crêpe-lovers happy
Bar Italia, 13 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7010
St. Louis Bubble Tea
Shaw's Coffee Ltd.