Thursday, January 14, 2016

The 9 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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click to enlarge SUMP | COURTESY OF SUMP
  • Sump | courtesy of Sump
6. Sump Coffee
3700 S Jefferson Avenue, Cherokee District
Sump Coffee is focused on creating an elevated coffee-drinking experience for each customer, infusing each up with comfort, structure, complexity and clarity. All coffees are sourced and roasted from single-origin estates, often from new origins and new farms for new flavors to try on each visit. In addition, only in-season, current crop coffees are offered for a constantly changing menu. A customer favorite is a Yemen Haaraz coffee, a regular springtime feature.

click to enlarge THE MUD HOUSE | CASEY MILLER
  • The Mud House | Casey Miller
7. The Mud House
2101 Cherokee Street, Cherokee District
The Mud House satisfies the quick cup-on-the-go coffee drinker and also slows things down with hand brews for discerning drinkers with a little more time on their hands. A multi-roaster program offers a wide variety of coffees roasted both locally and nationally. The shop’s best selling coffee is Los Ortiz from El Salvador, a single varietal coffee roasted locally by Blueprint Coffee with nuances of toffee and milk chocolate and a Meyer lemon acidity.

  • Foundation Grounds | Eric Nemens
8. Foundation Grounds
7298 Manchester Road, Maplewood
Foundation Grounds offers local coffee with deep flavor profiles — 100 percent organic and fair trade “Love and Gratitude” Goshen Coffee blend and, just added, local Blueprint Coffee. From the farmer to the roaster to the baristas, each person in the supply chain is considered and valued. In fact, everything on the menu, including the tea, meats and dairy, bread, potato chips and cleaning supplies, is locally sourced for full circle sustainability.

  • Rise Coffee House | Mabel Suen
9. Rise Coffee House
4180 Manchester Avenue, the Grove
Rise Coffee House brews artisan Goshen coffee with tempered water and signature kalita wave drippers, as well as Chemex, V60 and kyoto. ReTrailer teas and sustainably-prepared Whisk Bakeshop pastries round out the coffee shop experience as a bustling daytime community hub filled with art and good vibes.

Editor's Note: This article was updated in 2017 to include updated details about a coffee shop and remove one that closed. 

See also: The 10 Best Sandwich Shops in St. Louis

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Editor's note: Due to an editing error, the initial version of this post gave the wrong city for Foundation Grounds. It is in Maplewood. We regret the error.

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