During my recent trip to St. Louis, I managed to visit a local coffee establishment, Northwest Coffee Roasting Company. They roast two times a week, creating their own blends and selling single-source coffee. I visited the location near the Catholic Basilica (not that you know where that is). Pictured left is the one-pound bag of Sumatra roasted on June 28th. Initially I was discouraged getting paper bag for my beans rather than a vacuum sealed one, but I realized there wasn't a particular need for one if being consumed in less than two weeks. If one isn't brewing the beans within that window, then why are you ordering it then?! The paper bag can be composted except for the tie string. I always had a small guilty feeling when buying coffee bags that couldn't be recycled. A plus for Northwest Coffee Co.
Their roasts are fresher than any store bought specialty coffee.While not pictured, the espresso made from the Sumatra had a considerable level of crema and bright flavors. I recommend anyone who is in the St. Louis area to visit and patronize a great business. Be sure to look at the bizarre, yet entertaining collection of coffee comics.
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Here are some pictures from the visit including the Anheuser-Busch distillery, Missouri Gallery of Art, and a view of St. Louis from the top of the Arch!