Subject: Blueprint Coffee
Location: St. Louis, MO
Rating: 6+ [see key]
One of my cousins went to Washington University in St. Louis about the same time I went to school in NJ. Not knowing much at the time about St. Louis, he would often tell of random antics around the campus and surrounding area. One thing he mentioned consistently was how nice the surrounding neighborhood was, though no matter how many times I pressed him, he could never tell me of a great coffeehouse.
Years later, I'm happy to report that good coffee does exist close to the Danforth campus. In a recent visit to St. Louis, I was fortunate to find a respite at local roastery and shop Blueprint Coffee. Located on Delmar Blvd, Blueprint resides in a beautiful brick building with large front windows. Inside, the place is well-lit and spacious, with gorgeous blue glass tables, a white tiled counter and plenty of gorgeous wood.
Having never had their coffee prior, I settled upon an espresso of their Penrose and a pourover of a Costa Rican. The espresso, pulled short/medium with tannish crema, exuded vanilla waffle, blackberry, cola and mineral water, consisting of poignant flavors and a nice balance. The pourover trumpeted out honey, deep cream, cracked wheat, fuji apple and slight pecan, making for a smooth and sweet infusion.
In summation, I greatly favored my visit. I would offer the tip to anyone heading out to Washington University or the surrounding area to make a stop at Blueprint Coffee for a great cup of coffee in a beautiful space.