Monday, October 20, 2014

Sump Coffee

Subject: Sump Coffee
Location: St. Louis, MO
WiFi?: Yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

In this glorious day and age, there exist numerous coffee operations doing a fantastic job with their product, truly showing great dedication and extreme zeal for well-crafted coffee. Yet few shops wear their hardcore nature as well as St. Louis' Sump Coffee, known far and wide by their bearded skull logo sitting atop a portafilter/coffee branch cross bones (rendered into animation, said skull even chuckles with deep laughter amidst the guitar pluckings of heavy metal).

But the logo is only as good as the bean behind it, so in a recent stroll through St. Louis I made sure to take a stop at Sump Coffee. Arriving on a warm weekend, the shop resides in a corner brick building with black wood trim. Inside, the space harbors a clean monochromatic color style accented by lots of interesting art and reclaimed wood. As for seating, the shop spans two rooms, with the front making up the lions share (bar+most of the seating) and the back with additional, seemingly more private seating. The bar itself sports a beautiful Slayer espresso machine as well as a number of great pieces of equipment perfect for delivering coffee euphoria.

As for coffee that day, I ordered an espresso of their Ethiopia Adado and a pourover of Mexico Ixhuatlan. The espresso, pulled short with tannish-brown crema, boasted notes of sweet mango salsa, oranges, cherry, chocolate nibs and some corn chips, making for a bright, sweet pull. The pourover blasted notes of blackcherry, dark chocolate, pear, almonds, lettuce and a little oregano within a medium/heavy body, proving deliciously rich and full.

Finishing up my drinks, I found that in fact, not much in town trumps Sump. If you're looking for a great cup of coffee or a coffee mug with a bearded skull, head on over.

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!


Unknown said...

I never visited the Sump Coffee. Your information is useful for me. That place is new for me. I must visit it when I come back from hawaii island tours. I want to know its opening and closing time. Can you provide info about its times?

Priedai said...

It looks like different cafe as most of them are cosy, with sofas, blankets. I like this one interior design, cause it is more similar to a bar. I think when there is less things, you can experience the most hidden tastes of coffee.