In the first part of Java Enabled's first Best of St. Louis Coffee
, I looked at some of the area's best cafés. This week, I take a look at my favorite Mound City spots for coffee. Again, this isn't an exhaustive list, but I think it covers the basics that serious coffee drinkers are seeking.
Read my recommendations -- and please comment on your own favorites! I'm always looking for that next great cup of coffee.
Best Single-Origin Coffee: Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company
Photo courtesy Tyler Zimmer, Kaldi's
A Costa Rican micro-mill Kaldi's visited on a sourcing trip.
When you consider the resources and energy Kaldi's puts into sourcing its coffee, developing direct relationships with farmers and educating its staff
, there's no other St. Louis roaster that comes close.
Kaldi's offers a seasonal menu of varietals from around the world. Come in one day to try the Guatemala Santa Isabel with its fruity lift and dark chocolate finish, the next to try the Burundi Kinyovu with its complex mix of bright flavors and hint of plum. These single-origin coffees range from all over the coffee-cultivating world: the Americas, Africa and Asia. But buy now: Your favorite single-origin coffee will last only as long as the lot does.