Top 13 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis for 2022

Looking for the best coffee shops in St. Louis for 2022?

Perfect because I’m on a mission to try, rank, and review every single one.

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Best St. Louis Coffee Shops (We Actually Tried Them)

  1. Sump Coffee
  2. Coma Coffee
  3. Blueprint Coffee
  4. Fiddlehead Fern Cafe
  5. Comet Coffee
  6. The Mud House
  7. Living Room
  8. Winslow’s Home
  9. The Wolf
  10. Foundation Grounds
  11. Park Avenue Coffee
  12. C. Oliver Coffee
  13. The Clover and the Bee

Here are the 13 best coffee shops in St. Louis (keep in mind: this list will shuffle as we try other places):

1. Sump Coffee (5/5)

Address: 3700 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

In this coffee shop review, I’ll be sharing my experience of trying Sump Coffee in St. Louis.

I visited the shop with my wife and sister-in-law. Their main motivation was to get some beautiful bouquets from Rudy’s Flower Truck because it was parked in front.

But they also wanted to try the coffee.

Let’s jump into the experience.

Sump Coffee Review: Is It Worth Visiting?

As you may or may not know, the goal of The Darkest Roast is to find you the best coffee on the planet. That’s why I always start my coffee shop reviews about the COFFEE.

Don’t worry… I’ll also share my thoughts on the location, vibe, crowd, etc..

But let’s talk about the coffee.

Sump Coffee offers 8 different blends to choose from for their brewed coffee.

I couldn’t try every blend in one visit, so I had to figure out what was their darkest roast.

I found out that A) they roast their coffee in-house (which is awesome) and B) that the darkest roast they had is an off-the-menu Noir blend  (“Noir” is french for “black”). I ordered this blend because I prefer dark roast and who doesn’t want something “off the menu”?!

I will say the other blends looked very interesting, and I can assume they’re delicious.

That said, my coffee was $5, and here’s how it looked:

Sump Drip Coffee Review

The coffee was at the perfect temperature, and I believe the coffee was brewed using a fresh drip.

This is a big deal because most places just have coffee on tap in a thermos. The problem with coffee in a thermos is that it gets overheated and overbrewed. As a result, it kills the flavor and quality.

The coffee had a great aroma, and I started my taste test by drinking it straight black. My initial thought was that it was a little acidic, which is surprising because dark roast coffee is usually the least acidic.

I wouldn’t classify this roast as a true dark roast. It was more like a medium roast.

I also want to clarify that “acidity” isn’t necessarily bad. I just prefer less acidic coffee.

That said, I thought the flavor was outstanding. I tasted chocolate and some fruity flavor notes.

Overall, the black coffee was a 5/5. It just isn’t my preferred flavor.

I then added some cream and raw sugar, which took the coffee to another level. That brought out the fruitiness flavor.

Overall, great coffee! I’m excited to try their other 8 blends in the future.

Sump Latte Review

My wife ordered a caramel latte with oat milk, and my sister-in-law ordered a latte with simple syrup and oat milk.

They were both incredible.

My wife recently ordered some delicious lattes from Coma Coffee and Fiddlehead Fern, so I have high standards. Sump Coffee’s latte exceeded my expectations. Like my drip coffee, the latte was a perfect temperature, wasn’t overly sweet, and had the perfect ratio of espresso, steamed milk, and froth.

I care about flavor when it comes to coffee, but I should mention that the latte art was a little off.

My wife’s latte art lost its shape, but my sister-in-law’s turned out well.

Not a big deal because the flavor is what matters.

Either way, the coffee shop itself is IG-worthy.

It had a dark, edgy decor and was unique. Everything in the shop was “Sump” branded, which was super cool.

There was also a good amount of seating. Plus, the vibe was super relaxed, quiet, and casual.

Sump Coffee St. Louis Verdict

Overall, Sump Coffee in St. Louis deserves a solid 5 out of 5 stars because of the coffee quality and super unique vibe. Carve out some time to visit if you’re a St. Louis native or a traveler. It’s worth it!


2. Coma Coffee (5/5)

Address: 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Coma Coffee in St. Louis is perfect for a business meeting and is a great working environment. The decor is modern and minimalist. It also happens to have some of the best coffee in STL.

I ordered a drip coffee, and my wife ordered her classic vanilla latte with oak milk. The coffee is brought to you at your table. The first thing that stood out to me was the presentation.

My coffee cup was heated, and the coffee itself had a sweet aroma. I took my first sip, and it was a medium roast, but it had a strong fruity flavor. I also loved that it wasn’t acidic at all, and it had a wonderful aftertaste. It was also the perfect temperature and was brewed to perfection. I could tell right away that Coma takes great pride in its coffee.

My wife’s vanilla latte with oat milk was even better. Check out this incredible latte art:

I didn’t think there was any way it could taste as good as it looks, but I was wrong.

The latte was creamy and had a perfect balance of coffee and milk. It also wasn’t overly sweet. Plus, the temperature was perfect. I couldn’t stop “trying” my wife’s latte because it was incredible.

Truly impressed by the quality of coffee and attention to detail that Coma Coffee has to offer. They get a solid 5 out of 5.

My only critique is that it’s in a random location that can be tough to find. Even with a GPS. It’s also not much of an “IG-worthy” location. But if you’re someone who cares about quality coffee instead of silly vanity (like me), then Coma is a must-visit.


3. Blueprint Coffee (5/5)

Address: 6225 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

My wife and I recently tried Blueprint Coffee, located at the Delmar loop, and were blown away!

If you’ve never been to “The Loop” (as St. Louis natives say), it’s like Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. It has tightly packed small stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Definitely, a cool place to check out if you’re visiting St. Louis. That said, we visited The Loop to try Blueprint Coffee.

I ordered their Tekton blend and my wife ordered a vanilla latte with 2% milk. They had a small menu, but there were several different drip coffee blends to choose from. The barista said that most of their blends are light roast (except for Tekton, which is a light-to-medium).

They used a pour-over method to brew my coffee, which I was excited to see. My coffee came to our table on a small metal tray with a cup and the coffee in a Pyrex. I loved this little touch because it kept the coffee at a proper temperature.

The coffee had a fruity aroma and was pleasant. It had a very strong flavor and tasted very like the aroma. It was fruity, and it actually had some tangy flavor notes. It was pretty acidic, but I’ve come to expect that with lighter roasts. Overall, it was a flavor-rich coffee that was perfect for light roast drinkers.

My wife’s latte was exceptional. Not only was the latte art on-point, but the flavor was unbelievable. It was also served at the perfect temperature, and it wasn’t super sweet. I was still able to taste the flavors of the espresso well.

I didn’t think it was possible for any coffee shops to compete with Coma and Sump, but Blueprint Coffee is outstanding.


4. Fiddlehead Fern Cafe (5/5)

Address: 4066 Russell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Fiddlehead Fern isn’t a well-known coffee shop in St. Louis, but it’s worth visiting. It has a cool vibe with a younger crowd. It also has rustic decor along with live music on Saturday’s. The line was long, but we were dedicated to trying their coffee.

I ordered their Colombia blend. They had many different blends to choose from, but most were light to medium roast. That was kind of a bummer, but I understand. Light roast coffee typically has a better flavor profile.

I was pleased to see that they used a pour-over to brew the coffee. I thought the coffee was too acidic for my taste (light roast is usually more acidic, so that’s expected), and I didn’t love the aftertaste. I did taste some quality coca notes, though.

Overall, I didn’t love the black coffee flavor. However, I did enjoy it with cream and sugar. It was good coffee, but just not my personal preference.

My wife ordered her classic vanilla latte with oat milk (see above). It was definitely sweeter than Coma Coffee and Sump Coffee, but it was still delicious.

Overall, Fiddlehead Fern’s coffee is worth trying. I should mention that their food was absolutely delicious. We ordered the smashed chickpea-loaded toast and a garden veggie scramble.

I’m not a food critic, but I would easily give both a 5/5. Some other things to consider when visiting Fiddlehead Fern is that A) you need to travel through some dicey areas with lots of abandoned buildings and B) it’s close to the Botanical Garden, which might be a fun detour.

Fiddlehead Fern is worth trying for both St. Louis natives and travelers.


5. Comet Coffee (5/5)

Address: 5708 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Comet Coffee is a hidden gem of a coffee shop in St. Louis. It’s right off the highway and is a little tricky to get to.

That said, this coffee bar is worth a visit!

I first noticed the incredible aroma you’ll experience when you walk in. It also has a chill vibe, which is perfect for focused work or studying.

The menu was deep, with many different coffee blends.

The barista said that most of them are light roast. This seems to be a common trend in the coffee shops we’ve visited in STL.

I ended up ordering the Colombia, La Palmera blend. My wife ordered a vanilla latte.

The barista ground fresh coffee beans for my cup and used a pour-over for brewing. This is always a good sign. It shows that they care about the quality and freshness of their coffee.

The coffee was delivered with a simple presentation:

I didn’t get a strong aroma, but the flavor profile was deep. It had cherry undertones and was delicious black (without cream or sugar). I added some cream and raw sugar. It took it up another notch. Overall, it was a delicious cup of coffee, and I would love to try their other blends.

My wife’s vanilla latte was equally as perfect.

It wasn’t overly sweet, had great coffee flavor, and was super smooth. The only issue I had was that it was lukewarm (which can happen with lattes).

Overall, super impressed with Comet Coffee. It’s worth trying if you’re a St. Louis native or looking for a great cup of coffee when visiting the city.


6. The Mud House (5/5)

Address: 2101 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118

If you’re looking for a great coffee-drinking experience, an awesome breakfast sandwich, and a cool vibe, then visit The Mud House. They have a ton of different coffee and breakfast options. I ordered a traditional breakfast and bottomless coffee.

The coffee had an outstanding aroma and a strong fruity flavor. In fact, it was so flavorful that you didn’t even need sugar. It was a medium roast, and it was super smooth. The only small criticism I have is that it was very hot (which is often an indication of over-brewing). My wife and sister-in-law ordered vanilla lattes.

The vanilla latte was excellent. It had the perfect amount of vanilla, the temperature was on-point, and the flavor was excellent. Overall, The Mud House has great coffee, but the downside is that the restaurant has extremely limited seating, and you have to drive through some rough areas to get to it.


7. Winslow’s Home (4/5)

Address: 7213 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

Winslow’s Home is another coffee shop that is worth visiting if you are local to St. Louis or just visiting. It has a cool layout and design that certainly impresses me. One of the standout features is the community tables. This is great if you’re looking to make some new friends and meet people while enjoying a cup of coffee. Be aware that this is a loud location, and it’s full of energy. If you want a quiet space to work, this one won’t be for you. However, you can sit outside too, which is lovely on warm sunny days.

The food here is also excellent, with grits and the quiche being two particular standouts. The quiche is loaded with veg, so you can definitely find a healthy treat here and a rather fantastic burger. It’s quite a varied menu regardless of when you go.

It does have a great design with rustic decor and industrial vibes. The only real issue is that this place might be a little too popular! You’ll regularly find a line going right out the door.

The coffee is great, and there’s quite a good selection. Flavors are rich; the only real issue was the long wait time.


8. Living Room Coffee Shop (3/5)

Address: 2808 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143

We visited Living Room right after C. Oliver because they’re across the street from each other.

I was happy to see that Living Room offered both a traditional drip coffee (in a thermos) and a pour-over option. I ordered the Honduras blend pour over. It was cool to see that they roast their own coffee in-house.

I asked the barista, and she said that their blends are all light roast. Overall, the coffee had a nice sweet flavor profile, and it wasn’t super acidic. It was also at the perfect temperature, which is the product of a proper pour-over.

My wife ordered a vanilla latte.

It wasn’t my favorite, but it was decent. I thought it was a little too sweet. Overall, it was good (not amazing).


9. The Wolf (3/5)

Address: 15480 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011

The Wolf Cafe is perfect for grabbing breakfast or heading inside for a coffee. There are both self-serving options and coffees that are specially brewed for you.

You’ll find everything here, from wine to fresh local food and craft beer. There’s definitely a lot of variety, but this one isn’t for work. Instead, it’s ideal for relaxing, meeting new people, and enjoying some great live music.

The Wolf has an open stage. This means that anyone is able to get up and play some tunes. This ensures a wide showing of talent here, and it’s one of the main reasons this shop is popular with tourists and locals alike.

The specialty drinks are also great. While some of the coffees, like the Vanilla latte, weren’t to my tastes, others, like the Ethiopian Blend, really hit the mark. I think this is a particularly cool choice for a breakfast treat. Basically, if you’re looking for a fun place to hang out in a space that certainly attracts the crowds, this is definitely one to try.


10. Foundation Grounds (3/5)

Address: 7298 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143

While it does fall nearer the bottom of this list, I have to say I did like the Foundation Grounds. It’s just nothing special; as you can see, there’s quite a lot of competition here. An example of this would be the work environment. While Foundation Grounds is suitable as a working space, Coma Coffee does this much better. It surpasses this shop in terms of style and facilities. You can’t have a proper working area in a coffee shop without great Wifi, and the availability here is just too temperamental.

This definitely isn’t an Instagram-worthy location which is one of the reasons why, if you’re not in the area, I can’t recommend that you go out of your way to visit it.

One thinks I will see is that the food is absolutely heavenly. I definitely recommend the hot potato burrito. This might be a simple option from the menu, but I promise you it will go down as an absolute treat.

Overall the coffee is excellent. There are some lovely choices, including the regular coffee available in a thermos. One of the things that people love is the cocoa flavor that’s present in the coffee, and it does add something for sure. It’s just not quite enough to recommend traveling out of your way to experience it.


11. Park Avenue Coffee (3/5)

Address: 4240 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Park Avenue Coffee has a few different locations throughout St. Louis. We had an opportunity to try their coffee at the Cortex location. Unfortunately, it was very underwhelming. My wife, sister-in-law, and I agreed that it felt like a chain. It didn’t feel like a unique coffee shop like some of the other amazing ones on the list.

That said, I ordered their “Park Blend” which is a dark roast. The first red flag was that the coffee was in a thermos. This tends to over-brew the coffee and makes it scalding hot. That’s why the top St. Louis coffee shops use manual pour-overs for brewing. This process brings the flavor profile out more. That said, the coffee wasn’t bad. It had a spicy aroma, but it didn’t have a great flavor profile. It felt like I was drinking Starbucks (except with a weaker flavor profile).

My wife ordered a Park Avenue mocha and it was super sweet. I would compare the flavor to a marshmallow. Unfortunately, my wife couldn’t get through it because of the overwhelming sweetness.

My sister-in-law ordered a vanilla latte. It was solid.

Overall, Park Avenue Coffee is a fine place if you want a quick coffee. But if you’re looking for a complete coffee experience, cool vibe, and amazing coffee, go to the top shops on this list.


12. C. Oliver Coffee (2/5)

Address: 7401 Hazel Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143

C. Oliver is a new coffee shop in Maplewood, and we decided to give it a shot. It had beautiful decor, and it’s definitely IG-worthy.

I knew going in that they serve Sump Coffee (instead of roasting their own in-house). I ordered a coffee.

There was only one option, as you can see below:

That’s okay since they’re a new coffee shop. The coffee had some sweet cherry notes. It was fine coffee, but the coffee-to-water ratio was off. As a result, it was quite watery.

It was also super acidic, but that’s typical for a light roast. The last issue is that the coffee was in a thermos (you know I’m not a fan of this). For this reason, the coffee was way too hot and over-brewed.

My wife ordered an oat milk latte. She normally orders a vanilla latte, but they didn’t have vanilla.

Understandable because it’s a new shop. Unfortunately, there were a few issues.

First, it was super bitter and had no sweetness whatsoever. The lack of sweetness is because they didn’t have liquid sugar available. The other issue is that they served the latte in a cup without a handle.

The latte and cup were scalding hot, and neither of us could pick it up.

I won’t be too harsh because this is a new coffee shop. We just can’t have the same expectations as some of the other established shops in St. Louis.

That said, this is the place to go if you’re looking for an IG-worthy spot.


13. The Clover and the Bee (2/5)

Address: 100 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

The Clover and the Bee is an Instagram-worthy breakfast spot, but its coffee is lacking. I ordered bottomless coffee, and there were a few issues. First, it was extremely hot and over-brewed. This is the product of coffee sitting in a thermos for hours. The coffee was very acidic and sour.

I did get some sweet cherry flavor notes, though. It seems like drip coffee isn’t a priority at this restaurant.

My wife ordered a caramel latte, and my sister-in-law ordered a vanilla latte. The caramel latte was extremely acidic, like my drip coffee. I can only assume this is because of the blend of coffee their using. Some people love acidity, but I’m not one of those. The other issue with the caramel latte was the presentation. I care more about flavor, but it’s lacking when comparing it to the other coffee shops in STL (see below).

My sister-in-law’s vanilla latte was much better, but it didn’t have much vanilla flavor. This is a cool place to grab breakfast or get IG pics.

However, I would prioritize Sump, Coma, and Fiddlehead if you’re looking for great coffee in St. Louis.

Now to You

We’re going to visit every coffee shop in St. Louis because my goal is to find you the best coffee. I’ll keep updating this list as we try new ones.

Have you tried any of these STL coffee shops?

Leave your thoughts below.

35 thoughts on “Top 13 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis for 2022”

  1. Your site was an awesome and extremely helpful find while I am in St. Louis! I love good coffee (cold brew, single origin espresso, pour overs, and cortado’s) and I really appreciate your in-depth reviews!

  2. GREAT listing. I personally love Coma and Comet, but I need to go try the rest of these now.

  3. My coffee group is looking for a place with outside seating and a little heat, like a patio heater. N W Coffee on Laclede near Boyle has wood fires but some of us can’t tolerate the smoke.
    Can you help? Thanks.

  4. I do like Comet, although it has been over a year since I’ve stopped in.
    I love Bonaventure Coffee. It is a very cute drive-up only coffee shop. The owners (and the other staff members) are friendly, helpful, get to know their customers, have amazing suggestions, and serve some of the best coffee around. The coffee is from the Pacific NW.
    Another great place is Peace, Love, Coffee. They are a vegan coffee shop and their drinks are better than the majority of non-vegan shops. I believe they use Blueprint Coffee. The service is also top-notch. As an added bonus they paired with chef Chris Burtke for a vegan deli. The food is AMAZING.

  5. I need to get out to more coffee shops, but all of these seem far to go for just a morning coffee. Have you checked out any in North County? (North of 70 and north of 270 in between 170 and the Chain of Rocks Bridge) I know I’ve heard about some in Hazelwood, Florissant, Ferguson… just haven’t been to any except Latte Lounge, you should try them!

  6. I was surprised Kaldis isn’t on this list since they’re the most prolific local place that comes to mind. Are they actually a national chain and I didn’t realize it?

    • They have some locations outside of Missouri, so we excluded them. Tried to keep it as local as possible

  7. Nathan, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t include Kaldi’s simply because they have a location in Atlanta and Columbia, MO? Huh?

    The premise is St. Louis coffee. Kaldi’s was founded in STL and they have several locations. And yes, it’s good. They are IN St. Louis and inner-ring suburbs here.

    Punishing them because they are in ATL doesn’t make sense.

    In my opinion, and I’ve had many cups of coffee, they are at or right at the top here in St. Louis for coffee and ambiance.

    Please reconsider. They ARE St. Louis.

  8. As I was planning an extended weekend in STL and looking for a coffee shop or two when I came across your work. Lucky me!! I’ll add that we lived in STL for seven years and now reside in LA. My LA project has me hitting the 29 Best Coffee Roasters and the 24 Black-owned coffee shops. Midway thru both, and I second your Top 6 LA List, but I still need to hit Endorffeine and PCP with Carrera add for good measure. Now, my all-time favorite is Conservatory in Culver City—family owned & operated with award winning roaster (AJ) plus the locals and hipsters hanging there—where everyone knows your name-just no WiFi and closed on Sunday. I’ll give you my take on the STL scene next week.

  9. I think you need to try Hartford Coffee Shop on the corner of Hartford St. and Roger. The address is 3974 Hartford St. St. Louis, Mo. 63116. They have a huge variety of fresh coffee beans, including flavored beans. My favorite is called Rain Forest Crunch, it’s hazelnut, almond, macadamia nut, and vanilla flavored beans and not only does it smell amazing, it tastes amazing as well. The also have a huge variety of food, and baked goods. Most everything is home made including things like hummus, falafels, tomato soup, chicken curry salad, potato salad, etc. Also a variety of muffins, scones, muffones, cookies, etc. Great atmosphere, extremely friendly staff, free WiFi, outdoor seating as well out front and out back. They also have a building in the back that has a small banquet room for private events. I highly recommend that you try this place. I promise you won’t regret it. They serve a huge variety of sandwiches, also breakfast sandwiches all day long, on your choice of Wheat, Rye, or toasted sourdough bread, flour tortillas for burritos, pita bread, Asiago, “Everything” bagels and I believe the 3rd one is a plain bagel with a variety of toppings as well. The jalepeno bacon is amazing. I have not one single complaint about this place, again I highly recommend that you give it a shot. You won’t be sorry. Enjoy!!

  10. Great flipping though things. I have made it to most of these. Try a trip to coffee stamp (micro roast by 2 brothers from Latin America with a family coffee farm in the home country and excellent empanadas). Northwest coffee cwe is also a micro roastery. Cool out door fire pits

  11. Why don’t you include any coffee shops in north City of St Louis? We do have coffee shops on the north side. It’s always very sad to me that white people in St Louis basically just ignore the north side, and they miss out on some of what could be the best in town. I am an old white lady, BTW. It’s also good for us to support black owned businesses, and from what I see, none of those are included either.

    • We’re open to trying any coffee shops! Please share a list of those that you think we should try in North City, thanks

  12. Nathan, great reviews. The main reason why better coffee shops don’t offer the roast as dark as you like it, and why this is less popular with good beans, is that roasting it that long burns it. It is thought to alter the quality of the bean negatively.

    So a lot of people got used to these darker roasts and they were there way into coffee mainly because they are popular with the mainstream.

    They seem stronger but they aren’t, they have less caffeine than lighter roasts because they are roasted longer. The strength in flavor comes from the length of time that they are roasted. This also reduces acidity. However, there are beans that without long roasting lack the acidity you don’t like, you just have to ask specifically for that.

    But typically, when people become connoisseurs of coffee in the trendy scene Portland and Seattle born US scene they move away from dark roasts so that they can taste the bean without being overwhelmed by the charcoal flavor from it’s roasting. It reveals much more subtle and complex notes that people are interested in experiencing.

    In short, darker roasts like your into really aren’t cool in that scene anymore, but can always be had at places like Starbucks, that popularized these dark roasts.

    Thank you for your reviews. I am going to try out Sump. My regular spot is the Blueprint on Watson when I’m not getting my Irish Creme cold brew at Starbucks.

  13. Thanks for this amazing list 🙂 Although I have been some of these places, it is nice to see them on the list. Have u ever tried Gelateria Coffeeshop on S Grand Blvd? I have tried so many good coffee while traveling but I missed a lot Gelateria’s coffee. Especially their ice latte w oat milk is something that everyone should try! 🙂

  14. Why not Picassos? Its worth the drive imo. I know this is a STL list, but you have a Ballwin coffee shop listed. Picassos on Streets of St. Charles has been consistently phenomenal for years! Also want to co-sign Gather in McKinley Heights and add Black Forest Kaffe in Tower Grove East near Fox Park.

  15. Loved reading your post about some of the coffee shops in St. Louis! I’m not an avid coffee drinker myself but I’m always looking for cafes that have amazing tea along with their coffee. I personally use a chai latte as my basis for coffee shops. I’d be really interested to hear your opinion about Teleo Coffee in Kirkwood. Great work!

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