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Monday, July 29, 2013

The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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       Hartford Coffee | Madelaine Azar
  •        Hartford Coffee | Madelaine Azar

Hartford Coffee Company (3974 Hartford Street; 314-771-5282)

This is the definition of a neighborhood coffee shop -- it's actually an old south-city duplex on Hartford Street. The coffee is topnotch and fair trade, boasting organic blends from Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, New Guinea, Brazil, Peru and Ethiopia. They even use a process called fluid bed air roasting...we're not exactly sure what that means, but we like the results. But Hartford Coffee Company is more than a place to grab a cup of joe -- sit down, have a conversation, read a book. There's a whole section filled with children's books and games, and there are electrical outlets at each table so you can plug in and get some work done. On Friday evenings you can walk in for an open-mic night, while Saturdays bring stellar local acts.

See also: - Soccer Bars and Farmers' Markets: An Updated Guide to Tower Grove

Foundation Grounds (7298 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-601-3588)

Right smack in the middle of the bustling Maplewood scene, Foundation Grounds features a wide selection of food options, emphasizing organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free or vegan diets. While the food is great, we're here for the coffee, the selection and quality of which is as carefully watched over as the quality-conscious food. Drinks at Foundation Grounds are easily made dairy-free and vegan-friendly, with soy and almond milks available. In addition to its diverse menu, the cafe plays host to live music and hosts events and specials during the week, and offers a cozy outdoor patio for soaking up sun during warmer months. See also: - Maplewood: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on Manchester - The Veggielante Visits Foundation Grounds

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