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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rise Coffee Offers Fair Trade Beans, Sustainable Baked Goods and Community to the Grove

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

       An early look inside Rise Coffee from this summer. | Rise Coffee
  •        An early look inside Rise Coffee from this summer. | Rise Coffee

Rise Coffee (4180 Manchester Avenue; 314-769-9535) opened quietly in the Grove on Saturday, September 28. Co-owner Jessie Mueller tell Gut Check she hopes her bohemian coffeehouse will turn the neighborhood into a daytime destination to complement its already vivacious bar scene.

"I consider us a specialty coffeehouse with a community vibe," she says. "Really pro-community-building while also putting a strong focus on handcrafting our coffees."

See also: Rise Coffee to Open in The Grove

Mueller, who co-owns Rise with her husband Ron, was previously a social worker -- hence her passion for community building.

"For me, coffee has always been a place that helps you create that community. People sit and they contemplate and they talk and they share ideas, and that usually happens around coffee and tea," Mueller told us when we first reported on the concept back in July.

Goshen Coffee made a special roasting profile just for Rise. The Muellers are using Kalita Wave drippers as their signature hand-brew method which they say no one else in St. Louis is doing.

Drew Davidson also came on as Rise's general manager and "head brewmaster" from Foundation Grounds in Maplewood. Rise serves items from Whisk Bakeshop on Cherokee and Retrailer teas, a local (mobile) tea shop.

"There's just nowhere to really meet and have coffee in this neighborhood. I was a social worker in the neighborhood, and I just kept struggling to find a place to build community. That's kind of the idea," says Mueller.

Rise Coffee will be at Grove Fest this weekend if you want to try it out; otherwise, its current hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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