America's Best Coffee Bars
It’s been more than two decades since Starbucks started serving designer lattes in Seattle, and America’s obsession with coffee continues to grow as a new wave of independent, boutique cafés opens across the country. The mark of a great café isn’t just about a well-poured cup. Coffee snobs might not adore the chicory-spiced coffee at Café du Monde in New Orleans, but the atmosphere and location of the open-air café overlooking Jackson Square—and the powdered-sugar-covered beignets—are incredible.
Opened long-before fair-trade coffee was common, Kaldi’s has been dedicated to responsible sourcing for their signature blends since the early 1990s. There are six locations throughout St. Louis, but the flagship café in the suburb of Clayton still maintains its original Bohemian charm, with bright red walls and mismatched picture frames showcasing the coffee selections of the day. Kaldi’s beans are also stocked by most of St. Louis’s serious coffee shops. kaldiscoffee.com