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Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Look: Blueprint Coffee in the Loop

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

       Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker. | Nancy Stiles

Blueprint Coffee (6225 Delmar Boulevard; 314-266-6808) finally opened on Labor Day after months of preparation. Partners Mike Marquard and Andrew Timko gave us a sneak peek last week, but we finally got a taste of what Blueprint's really about -- simple, tasty coffee.

See also: Blueprint Coffee Looks to Open Next Week in the Loop

       Andrew Timko brews up some Joe. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Andrew Timko brews up some Joe. | Nancy Stiles

The coffee itself is pretty personal: It's pour-over, right in front of you. Timko served ours on a metal tray with a coffee cup and beaker, which makes the whole thing feel crafted and scientific. There's also espresso and tea, as well as iced and decaf coffee.

Blueprint isn't stingy with the food, either. The slices of bread -- English muffin, New York rye, French peasant, six-grain wheat, raisin cinnamon walnut -- are generous, as are the cheeses from Heartland Creamery. Cream scones, sour cream muffins and croissants were also on hand from Comet Microbakery. Blueprint also has housemade lemon raspberry, plum and peach preserves and compote.

"There was a line out the door the first day," Timko says. "All of our personal friends and coffee friends and people from around here welcoming us to the neighborhood. We couldn't have asked for a better day." He says customers have been complimenting them on the feel of the space, which was really Blueprint's goal. "We just want to make people feel comfortable. It's neat to see everyone be welcoming."

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