I find it quite amusing that National Coffee Day comes right after National Drink Beer Day, like maybe those holiday creators needed a little hangover help? Talking to my photographer yesterday, we both laughed because these two holidays are really celebrated every day in our book. I mean hello, we live in St. Louis where we have a crazy number of fantastic breweries and coffee shops. I always say my favorite problem is that I can't pick a favorite coffee shop.
But I do have a list of favorites! They all do amazing coffee, have a great vibe and are all staffed by the friendliest people. With as much coffee as I drink I tend to become very familiar with my favorite baristas. Its the best way to know what to order. I constantly switch up my order. If it's anywhere above 75 degrees, cold brew is my jam (hello Living Room's Bitt's Cold Press). Since it finally feels like fall this week I've been diving back into hot coffee. Depending on the spot, I love a perfectly made cappuccino (Comet Coffee I'm looking at you) or a can't go wrong pour-over (Sump or Rise are perfection).
The thing I love about St. Louis is that no matter what neighborhood you live in, you can find good coffee. Here is my list of favorites (in no particular order).
COMA Coffee: The newcomer on the block. Started by a dear friend of mine. I would go there to support her even if it was just meh, but thankfully that's not the case. They're roasting their own beans and everything I've had is incredible. Plus their donuts are delicious. Located in Richmond Heights.
Living Room: I love this little spot. Their Bitts Cold Press is my addiction. I wish I could buy it by the gallon. Located in Maplewood.
Rise: My original favorite. When I used to live in Tennessee, this was always one of my first stops when I came home. Its by far my favorite spot to spend a Saturday morning reading the paper and enjoying the company. One of my guilty pleasures is their chile spiced mocha in the winter. It's everything. Located in the Grove.
Park Avenue Coffee: With multiple locations around the city this is one of my go-to spots to grab coffee during work. Especially the downtown location. Their nitro cold-brew is a must try. Think of a Guinness but coffee. And gooey butter cake, because who can resist? Located Downtown and Lafayette Square.
Blue Print: Fantastic staff at Blue Print, they're great if you have any questions about roasting or brewing. Delicious cappuccino. Located in the Loop.
Sump: Many will say this is the best of the best in St. Louis and I wouldn't dare argue. Everything they put in a cup is magic. It can be slightly intimidating for those not super serious about coffee but if I am anywhere near Cherokee Street, I'm making my way over to Sump. Plus the vibe of the place is awesome. Located near Cherokee Street.
Hartford Coffee: Sometimes we joke that Hartford is the second KMOV newsroom. Most nights you can find one of us there picking up coffee. It's incredibly well priced, from the coffee to the food. Located in Tower Grove South,
Comet Coffee: I go to yoga right next door to Comet and its both a blessing and a curse. Depending on if I am treating myself or not, will depend on my order. Their cold brew is delicious but their mocha is hands down the most indulgent thing ever. Made with their homemade chocolate syrup it will make you never settle for an average mocha ever again. Plus their croissants and baked goods are the best. Located in Dogtown.
Coffee Cartel: While the coffee is fairly average in my opinion, Coffee Cartel will always hold a special spot. Its open 24 hours so for us night owls that's key. Plus there's nothing better than sitting with a cup of coffee outside and being in the heart of the Central West End.
There are so many other good coffee shops in this city. Even some I still haven't tried! I'd love to know where your go-to coffee shop is!
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