Give STL Coffee This Christmas

For a few decades now, folks on the coasts have frequently referred (in a snarky manner) to the middle of the U.S. as “flyover country.” Following the recent election, many of those coastal dwellers (media types and others) have decided to pay closer attention to those of us in the Midwest. They would do well to take note of our area’s coffee roasters.

St. Louis’s Flyover Coffee offers subscriptions to monthly mailings of freshly roasted beans from some of the area’s top coffee companies. Memberships start at $19/month.

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Participating roasters include Blueprint, Stringbean, Kuva, La Cosecha, Art House, Kaldi’s, Shortwave, Parengo, Riley’s, Northwest, Oddly Correct and Community Coffee.

Got friends and family in New York, Boston, L.A., San Francisco or, yes, even Seattle, who love great coffee? You can send ’em one, two or three bags per month of St. Louis’s best via Flyover Coffee. (Of course, you can send Flyover Coffee to other locales, including elsewhere here in flyover land.)

Click HERE to get the full scoop and send some St. Louis love in the form of fresh coffee this Christmas.

 

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Coffee: The World In Your Cup and St. Louis In Your Cup

If coffee is a big part of your life, you will want to visit Missouri History Museum and check out their new coffee exhibit.

Coffee entry

St. Louis’s early settlers were of French descent and the French were among Europe’s biggest coffee consumers. Back in the 250-years-ago day, folks had to roast, grind and brew their own beans, meaning the product in one’s cup could be inconsistent.

(Way more inconsistent than my too-strong or too-weak morning coffee made via our Cuisinart Grind and Brew drip coffee maker.)

Old pots

Shown above are some vintage coffee pots featured in the exhibit.

As a media person, I enjoyed the mid-20th century vintage TV spots for Old Judge Coffee. It was “irradiated for a flavor boost.”

Old Judge magician

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Dana Brown and his Safari Coffee are featured.

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There are video presentations featuring newer local coffee roasters like Stringbean Coffee (Pete Cohen is pictured below) and Blueprint Coffee.

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I like the personal part of the exhibit where visitors are encouraged to write down their own coffee memories on a coffee filter. Here are three of them I snapped at random:

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coffee memory 3

The St. Louis skyline mural, made entirely of coffee beans, is impressive. It really needs to be seen up close and personal so you can fully appreciate it.

Coffee mural

There’s much more to Coffee: The World In Your Cup and St. Louis In Your Cup than I am able to share here.

The coffee exhibit with the long name at Missouri History Museum continues through January 3, 2016. Admission to the exhibit is free.

Missouri History Museum is located on the north side of Forest Park, just off Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Tuesdays when open until 8:00 p.m. Click HERE for more info on the coffee exhibit.