Friday, May 10, 2013
Riverfront Times readers helped this Maplewood coffee shop rank among the best in St. Louis.
Foundation Grounds is listed among the St. Louis area's favorite spots for coffee drinks, Riverfront Times revealed in its Restaurants 2013 guide. The coffee shop ranked third for coffee and fourth for espresso. Kaldi’s, which has locations in Clayton and Kirkwood, edged out Foundation Grounds in both categories. Rankings were determined by reader votes, according to RFT. Do you think Foundation Grounds should have beat out Kaldi's in either category? Should Stone Spiral have made the list? Tell us in the comments. Catch up on the latest Brentwood and Maplewood business news:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Three Kaldi's baristas will make coffee for judges with a live and online audience.
Some St. Louis area baristas (professional coffee makers) will be on a big stage this weekend. The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) Big Central competition is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City, and three baristas from the Kaldi's Coffee House deMun location will make four espressos, four cappuccinos and four ‘signature’ beverages of their choosing for four judges in 15 minutes. The SCAA barista competition isn’t for the casual coffee slinger. They’ll be competing with baristas from seven states. They’re judged on their presentation as well as the drinks. “It’s a lot of work, a lot of dedication, a lot of late hours,” Jake Althaus, a Foundation Grounds barista said. He’ll be a judge at the event. He’s 27 and …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The coffee company reportedly plans to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.
The Associated Press is reporting Wednesday that the world’s largest coffee company plans to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. The report indicates that Starbucks would have more than 20,000 cafes by 2014, up from its current count of about 18,000. The AP is also reporting the Seattle-based company also plans to move from its current Tazo tea and begin serving Teavana, which it announced it would acquire last month. There are currently two Starbucks locations in Brentwood, on Brentwood Boulevard and in Target. Maplewood has none. What do you think? Do you welcome more Starbucks? Are you happy to see the company grow, or are there enough Starbucks already?
Friday, October 26, 2012
A coffee roaster and a big coffee seller, blocks apart, decide to work together.
The 65-year-old Maplewood establishment, Tiffany’s Original Diner , is sprucing up its reputation and improving its coffee. The diner now sells fresh roasted, free-market coffee. Barry Larson roasts and sells Art House Coffee as a fund-raiser for the Turner Center for the Arts, in Maplewood, a studio art space for children to adults, some of which have disabilities. Larson is the founder of Bridges, the parent organization of the art center. Larson said he called Greg Winchell, the diner’s owner, to ask if he’d be interested in selling his coffee. “They had been used to their coffee, but he confided in me, 'we need better coffee for our wonderful customers,'” Larson said. Winchell said he sells lots of coffee, and obviously lots of …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Brentwood's Saint Louis Bread Co. sells the most coffee of any of its cafes in the St. Louis area.
If the first words out of your mouth every morning are, “I’ll have a large coffee”—or if you can’t even speak until after you’ve had your java fix—there's a national holiday created especially for you America will put staunch tea drinkers to shame on National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, when coffee fiends can rejoice and celebrate their beloved coffee bean with free brew from national chains. Coffee was first brought to America in the mid-1600s in a shipment en route to “New Amsterdam,” now known as New York, according to the National Coffee Association. We have that shipment and the Boston Tea Party to thank for turning the nation into coffee drinkers. Locally, lots of you get your coffee at Brentwood's Saint Louis Bread Company, …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The blogger compares Foundation Grounds with Stone Spiral.
Kyle Lucks, A St. Louis artist/blogger writes about his visit to Foundation Grounds, in Maplewood. He said the Bona-Fide coffee fit its description, “a full bodied roast with low acidity and hints of chocolate.” He also had a GooBall and a macaroon which he enjoyed. From his review: "This cafe has been on my radar for a long time, though I passed on it earlier in the tour to visit Stone Spiral a few blocks away. I don’t know what made me skip it since my experience at Foundation was much more enjoyable." Have you been to Foundation Grounds? Write your own review on Patch! How about Stone Spiral? Do you agree with Lucks? Write a review! To review either of them, simply click on the coffe shop's name. You'll be directed toward their listing …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
For a quick caffeine refill or a quiet Friday night, head to Stone Spiral Coffeehouse and Curios for a great cup of joe, a good book and some relaxing music.
If you've ever been to Stone Spiral Coffeehouse and Curios, you know it thrives in a welcoming environment that encourages a moment of repose. And, since it's somewhat off the beaten Manchester Road path, which is filled with busy shoppers and business, it could be just what you are looking for this week for a Great Escape. Named 2010's Best Coffeehouse by the Riverfront Times, Stone Spiral is a mainstay in Maplewood's culture scene. With coffee, a huge community book library and frequent live music you can never go wrong. The coffeehouse keeps it nice and simple with a choice of espresso, Americanos, regular coffee and lattes to choose from on the drink menu, along with tea selections, Italian sodas and refreshing lemonade. Create your …
Monday, January 17, 2011
A group of poets and musicians performs each Wednesday night at the coffee shop.
On one night each week, Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios takes a break from its solid block of nightly band bookings to allow for poetry, amateur musicians and even stand-up comedians. Don't be fooled by the flier you see taped up on the wall; the Wednesday open mic sessions never begin at 7 p.m. or end at 9 p.m. The event, founded and organized by south St. Louis city resident John Bernardy, usually begins closer to 8 p.m. It's structured to allow each performer a few minutes of microphone time before passing it off to the next person. Then, after everyone on the sign-up sheet has performed, the emcee cycles back through the list again for round two. Bernardy started the weekly gathering in October 2008, only a few months after the coffee …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
A group of comic artists and writers meets in Maplewood each Thursday to critique work and collaborate on projects.
On a cold Thursday night, eight comic creators chatted, sketched and inked at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios to the warming tunes of a mellow jazz duo playing in the next room. The Urchin Collective—also known among its members simply as the "Thursday Group"—meets one night a week so members can develop comic projects and share work with peers. Chris Sagovac, an assistant professor of animation at Webster University, launched the group in 2008. His efforts to gain members began by distributing fliers in local comic shops, where Maplewood resident Jeanie Bryan found out about the group. Since then, she's served as the unofficial spokesperson. "We create and put out an anthology," Bryan said. "We're working on our third comic right now." …