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The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

The Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

Where to Beat St. Louis Heat with Chilled Java – Top 10 Iced Coffee Spots in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – When I first tried iced coffee, I’ll admit that I was skeptical.  The dark, rich mug of black coffee I had been drinking since high school was perfect just they way it was.  It was reliably delicious and invigorating, fortifying me for the day ahead and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up—except when it’s really hot out, like July or August in St. Louis.  How would I get an afternoon caffeine hit that’s cold and effective?  Enter iced coffee.  Whether cold brewed with a splash of milk, double-strong hot brewed over ice, or a creamy, espresso-based frappe, a chilled cuppa joe is the perfect warm weather refresher.

This summer has been a warm one in St. Louis and many of us have reached for an iced coffee for relief.  This cold elixir has become so popular in recent years, it’s available in every coffee shop, many restaurants—including fast food joints, and even bottled on grocery store shelves.  So who makes the best iced coffee in St. Louis?  We turned to customer reviews to find out where to go for the best iced coffee in town.  Topping the list is Coma Coffee Roasters in Richmond Heights.  The cafe inside the University Club Tower opened just about a year ago (August 2016). In a relatively short time, this office-building coffee shop has drawn in caffeine-craving customers who rave about all of the coffee and espresso drinks, but most especially, their cold brews.  Coma Coffee is serious about cold brew and they’re out to prove it’s top tier.  They took second place in this year’s Cold Brew Competition at Coffee Fest Chicago.  This is seriously good iced coffee.

Everyplace on our Top 10 Iced Coffee list offers a selection tasty, frosty, delicious iced coffee drinks in a unique environment.  No wonder customers love them! Just in time to help you breeze through the dog days of summer, here are St. Louis’ Top 10 Iced Coffee Makers:

1. Coma Coffee Roasters (4.70 stars/56 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.
2. Comet Coffee & Microbakery (4.65 stars/259 reviews) Cheltenham, 5708 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-7770.
3. Kitchen House Coffee (4.63 stars/60 reviews) Compton Heights, 3149 Shenandoah Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 732-0009.
4. Gelato Di Riso (4.60 stars/153 reviews) The Hill, 5204 Wilson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 664-8488.
5. Washington Avenue Post (4.55 stars/65 reviews) Downtown, 1312 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 588-0545.
6. Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery (4.55 stars/174 reviews) McRee Town, 1629 Tower Grove Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 833-6111.
7. Park Avenue Coffee – The Hill (4.52 stars/130 reviews) Southwest Garden, 5105 Columbia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 717-1900.
8. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (4.52 stars/176 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3133 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-7142.
9. 2Schae Cafe (4.41 stars/193 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333.
10. RISE Coffee House (4.41 stars/149 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4180 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 405-8171.

Some of St. Louis’ newer establishments are quickly becoming favorites.  These spots each offer a unique environment in which to sip really excellent iced coffee.  Their high marks translate into enthusiastic recommendations from customers, but they don’t yet have enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10 list.  So, to these iced coffee purveyors, we offer Honorable mentions:

La Cosecha Coffee Roasters (4.57 stars/28 reviews) Maplewood, 7360 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 440-0337. One of Maplewood’s many synergistic businesses, La Cosecha shares space with Great Harvest Bread Co.  They offer their own roasted Fair Trade beans, and beverages made with them.  Their Flash Brewed iced coffee is rich, yet well balanced, making it the perfect summertime pick-me-up.
Cursed Bikes & Coffee (4.65 stars/17 reviews) University City, 7401 Pershing Ave, University City, MO 63130, (314) 601-3136.  This full-service bike and coffee shop opened in May.  The little coffee bar offers big flavor using locally roasted Dubuque Coffee beans.  Bike over for a caramel frappe or one of their exquisite cold brews.
Comet Croissanterie and Creamery (4.55 stars/22 reviews) Kirkwood, 640 West Woodbine Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 394-1033.  This is Comet Coffee’s morning-operated bakery, specializing in croissants and espresso-based drinks—all of which can be made iced.  A fresh croissant and iced cappuccino with a shot of their homemade Tahitian vanilla syrup is a great way to start a summer day.

The Best Coffee in St. Louis, a Top 10

The Best Coffee in St. Louis, a Top 10 - STLRestaurant.News

The Top 10 Coffee Shops Across St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/July 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News)(Best Coffee, St. Louis, Top 10) – When I think of great coffee, I think of a rich, robust, perfectly brewed cup of caffeinated heaven.  My preference is for a medium-dark roast, brewed moderately strong, and served black.  Of course, I also enjoy a well made cappuccino, with it’s lovely, rich foam.  And I won’t say no to a rich, sweet, creamy caramel latte, when offered.  In other words, I, like many St. Louisans, love coffee in all its wondrous varieties.  In a city with four full seasons (autumn, winter, spring, and oh-that’s-what-they-mean-by-humidity! summer), it’s refreshing to know our local coffee purveyors have specialty brews and blends for each.  In fall, the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte fills the bill.  In winter, peppermint mocha warms our bones.  In spring, cold-pressed and iced coffees have appeal.  And for summer, nothing beats the cooling chill of a frozen, blended cappuccino or macchiato.  So, when we went in search of the best coffee in St. Louis, we were looking for more than just my regular cup of joe.  We wanted to know where everyone could go for the best coffee offerings across the broader spectrum of coffee tastes.

What we found was an astonishing number of restaurants, shops, and cafes that offer great coffee.  We checked the customer reviews, to find the coffee sellers St. Louis diners like the best.  This top ten list includes coffee specialists across the metro area.  From Belleville to St. Charles, there’s a wealth of great coffee and espresso drinks to be found.  Topping the customer reviews is Alton’s only independent coffee shop, Maeva’s Coffee inside The Milton Schoolhouse.  Maeva’s Coffee is a unique endeavor, a 100% crowd-sourced and independently funded community project.  Maeva’s features fair-trade coffee and a signature espresso blend created for them by Goshen Coffee in Edwardsville.  They’re also well-loved for their internationally inspired quiche menu, and their seasonal beverage menu.  Right now, that includes refreshing choices like the Aztec (South American spice cacao in a blended beverage, with or without espresso) and the the non-caffeinated Cucumber Mint Spritzer (fresh cucumber mint puree carbonated with a dash of lightly sweetened tonic syrup).

North, south, east, or west, there’s a great place to find your favorite coffee drink near you.  Here are St. Louis’ favorites, the top 10 coffee shops in the metro area:

1. Maeva’s Coffee (4.74 stars/73 reviews) Alton, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 581-7510.
2. Coma Coffee Roasters (4.73 stars/50 reviews) Richmond Heights, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117, (314) 250-1042.
3. Comet Coffee & Microbakery (4.65 stars/255 reviews) Cheltenham, 5708 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-7770.
4. Kitchen House Coffee (4.64 stars/56 reviews) Compton Heights, 3149 Shenandoah Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 732-0009.
5. Piccione Pastry Cafe (4.62 stars/295 reviews) The Loop, 6197 Delmar Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 932-1355.
6. Cafe Nova (4.58 stars/125 reviews) Princeton Heights, 5611 South Kingshighway Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 351-7443.
7. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (4.51 stars/172 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3133 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 645-7142.
8. The Abbey Espresso Bar and Café (4.49 stars/75 reviews) Belleville, 5801 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62223, (618) 277-8373.
9. Teaspoons Cafe (4.43 stars/95 reviews) Edwardsville, 2125 South Rt 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 655-9595.
10. 2Schae Cafe (4.42 stars/181 reviews) DeBaliviere Place, 275 Union Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-5333.

There are thousands of places to get a cup of coffee in the St. Louis area, with dozens of great options in most neighborhoods.  So, it was no small feat to narrow our list to the 10 best coffee purveyors in the metro area.  We limited the results to establishments where coffee is a focus of the business—they might sell pastries, or sandwiches, but people also go there just for the coffee.  We then imposed our “minimum of 50 customer reviews” standard.  Still, there were a lot of terrific options.  With so many quality offerings, a lot of great places don’t make the top 10.  So, we wanted to highlight few unique coffee stops that are also worthy of attention.  We give Honorable Mentions to:

Lanai Coffee in Francis Park (4.59 stars/27 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5300 Donovan Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (808) 446-9200.  An outdoor coffee shop in the heart of a south city park.  This charming stone cottage offers specialty coffee drinks (hot and cold), snacks, a cute patio, and even sports equipment.  This weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) coffee shop also offers free movie nights and live music events on their lawn.

Gelateria Del Leone (4.79 stars/235 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3197 South Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-3500.  An Italian-inspired cafe serving house-made gelato, espresso drinks, and baked goods in warm, coffeehouse surroundings.  This is a community gathering place that also offers top tier food and drinks.

Sucrose Bakery (4.72 stars/46 reviews) St Charles, 700 South Fifth Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301, (314) 288-9176.  A hip, European-style pastry shop and cafe offering artisan espresso drinks, unique pastries, and custom cakes in chill surroundings.  The focus here is offering elevated fare using sustainable, locally sourced ingredients.  Even the coffee is from Blueprint and Coma.

Gelato Di Riso (4.61 stars/148 reviews) The Hill, 5204 Wilson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 664-8488.  Charming gelateria offering fresh coffee, authentic gelato, and cafe fare in the heart of The Hill. The Affogato (fresh gelato “drowned” with a shot of espresso) is one of the best marriages of coffee and creamy goodness in St. Louis.

TOP 10 COFFEE SHOPS IN ST LOUIS

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Where to Grab the Best Cuppa – Top 10 Coffee Shops

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – There is nothing quite like a great cup of coffee to get your morning started.  Whether you take yours black or with cream, brewed or espresso-based, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world.  Americans drink more than 450 million cups of coffee every day.  Most of us (54%) enjoy a cup of joe at least occasionally.  As the weather turns chilly, more and more St. Louisans will be seeking out a hot cuppa.

So where is the best place to get a cup of coffee in St. Louis?  According to customer reviews, the best coffee shop in St. Louis is the London Tea Room at 3128 Morganford Rd. in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.  This is ironic, since they don’t specialize in coffee.  You can order a cup of coffee at the London Tea Room.  It’s comes in a French press, which does make it feel rather special.

The London Tea Room, as the name suggests, is a great place to enjoy a pot of tea and a delicious English pastry or sausage roll.  Afternoon Tea is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their Hyde Park Room, but you’ll need a reservation.  Their cafe and shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  In their shop, they carry over 100 loose leaf tea varieties, along with a large selection of teapots and tea ware.

The rest of the top 10 coffee shops in St. Louis do specialize in coffee.  According to customer reviews, our top 10 coffee shops are:

1. London Tea Room: 3128 Morganford Rd, St. Louis (Tower Grove South), 314-241-6556
2. Soulard Coffee Garden Cafe: 910 Geyer Ave, St. Louis (Soulard), 314-241-1464
3. Park Avenue Coffee: 1919 Park Ave, St. Louis (Lafayette Square), 314-621-4020
4. Comet Coffee: 5708 Oakland Ave, St. Louis (Cheltenham), 314-932-7770
5. Starbucks in the Hyatt Regency lobby: 315 Chestnut St, St. Louis (Downtown), 314-259-3266
6. Blondie’s Coffee, Wine & Dessert Bar: 1301 Washington Ave, St Louis (Downtown West), 314-241-6100
7. Cyrano’s Coffee Cafe & Dessert: 603 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves (Old Orchard), 314-963-3232
8. Blueprint Coffee: 6225 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis (The Loop), 314-266-6808
9. Foundation Grounds Coffee House and Cafe: 7298 Manchester Rd, Maplewood (Downtown Maplewood), 314-833-6460
10. Kaldi’s Coffee House: 700 De Mun Ave, Clayton (Hi-Pointe-DeMun), 314-727-9991.

Note: Most of the shops on the list are independently owned.  Two are chains, Starbucks and Kaldi’s.  Although you may find similarly good coffee and service at their other locations, these specific locations are the ones customer reviews put in the top 10.