Subject: Half and Half
Location: St. Louis, MO
Rating: 6+ [see key]
It is no secret that everyone loves brunch. There's just something magical about the wondrous combinations and concoctions that become available on weekend late mornings. Sadly, not every brunch place is worth your dollar, and for my money, if I am plopping down to enjoy a hearty meal with a close kinship to breakfast, I want a place with great coffee.
In St. Louis, one such well-known eatery renowned for good eats and great coffee is a place called Half and Half. Located in a brick one-story building outfitted with a fenced patio and large open windows, I found this joint well-packed on a sunny Saturday morning. Fortunately in this case, I was not starving and had mostly come to grab coffee, so I tunneled my way inside to the spacious dining room and left to the coffee bar.
Standing amidst other patrons not currently at a table, I found the coffee bar buzzing with activity. As for beans, they had Blueprint Coffee and Counter Culture to choose from, and in turn I went an espresso of Counter Culture's Idido and a Chemex of Blueprint's Brazil Ressaca. The espresso, pulled short with a tan crema, delivered blood orange, chocolate, mineral water, ginger, seaweed and a touch of dill; all in all, a pretty decent pull proving potent in its flavors. The Ressaca threw down toasted barley, figs, rye whiskey, a little peanut and dandelion greens in a medium body, making for a hearty, nutty and slightly vegetal brew.
After consuming my beverages, I turned to swim back through the masses and cheerily continued my day. If you happen to be in St. Louis and you seek a great coffee to go with (what looked, smelled and seems like) a delicious meal, check out Half and Half.