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Chauvin Coffee

In the early 20th century, St. Louis was as much a coffee town as it was a beer town. Makes sense: Put away a few too many barley pops at night and you're bound to require a caffeine jolt in the morning. But while the A-B eagle spread its wings across the whole dang globe and microbreweries like Schlafly ascended to well-deserved prominence, coffee roasters didn't do nearly so well. St. Louis-based coffee companies dwindled from nearly 75 to just a handful — making Chauvin Coffee's success all the more impressive. Founded by the Charleville family in 1930, Chauvin is a generation-spanning St. Louis company with a strong reputation for quality and community-mindedness. The main roasting facility is now in south city, and the organic beans come from 23 different equatorial nations. Chauvin's coffees vary in body and complexity and are as fascinating on the tongue as wine. The company's espresso and four delicious organic coffees (Guatemalan, Costa Rican, Mexican and Peruvian) are available for purchase at Straub's and are served at in-the-know beaneries including Coffee Cartel, Park Avenue Coffee and MoKaBe's, and at chic eateries like Nadoz Euro.Bakery + Café. Kick up your feet and taste some history.

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