Blueprint Coffee


Blueprint Coffee: 6225 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130 / phone: 314.266.6808

This past year I’ve explored probably every coffee shop in the city of St. Louis (okay, an exaggeration, but not much of a stretch). Blueprint is one I keep going back to because it’s located in the Loop (just around the corner from our house and Washington University). But it’s less about the convenience and much more about the coffee and food — so consistently good.


They make their own vanilla syrup, resulting in a smooth, sweet vanilla latte that I am convinced has me addicted… I often joke with the folks who run Blueprint (among the six founding partners I’ve met so far: Mark Marquard of Half & Half, roaster Andrew Timko, retail manager Kevin Reddy, and award-winning barista Nora Brady) that they’ve made me an addict. They are all approachable, friendly, and knowledgeable, and they make a mean product.

There are a few products you can purchase in-store, including some of their delicious jams  and spreads, coffee beans, electric kettles, and drip coffee brewers for at-home hand brew. But I show up for the coffee and either a delicious fluffy biscuit with honey herb butter or, if I’m really hungry, the egg and greens plate. The latter is a perfectly poached egg on crispy thin potato hash with zucchini and red peppers, topped with warm wilted spinach and a mustard cream sauce. It’s one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in quite a while, perfectly seasoned and just the right amount of food. Really, they just get good food.

Their breads and pastries are also really good. I like that there’s not an overwhelming amount from which to choose, but what they’ve chosen to feature is perfectly executed. DSC_0016 Egg and greens with a side of fruit


And though it’s usually pretty packed around the end of the week and on the weekends, it’s the perfect place to settle down with a good book (or your laptop — free Wifi) to get lost in a project or just relax. If you’re in the area, come check it out, then walk a couple blocks over to browse Subterranean Books for a select but great collection of books.

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  1. What a lovely place! And that breakfast looks so tasty. My family and I are moving from Michigan to Indianapolis this summer and I keep reminding myself that St. Louis is only 2 hours from Indy. A road trip is in our future and I will be coming back to your recommendations for sure!

  2. I keep meaning to get over there – I mean, I don’t work THAT far from the place, and come on. It seems like a place with a name like that should be frequented by architects. A co-worker said it really is great coffee, but it can’t be his regular coffee place because it’s sooooo expensive. Sounds like a great place for a treat though. I notice they keep winning awards, so I’m sure it’s worth every penny.

    I really love the coffee at Rise. My favorite coffee was at the (now shuttered) Rue Lafayette. Big sad face. It was close to my house, and delicious.

    I absolutely love coffee, but I honestly like a regular cup of it, black. I don’t often go for the fancier drinks, and I don’t like any sweetness in drinks which keeps me away from all syrups. I’m intrigued by your vanilla latte description. Maybe I need to branch out.

    The space looks killer.

  3. Carol – we visited stayed overnight in Indy a couple of years ago and had so much fun. Lots of great restaurants. Unfortunately it’s about 4 hours away, not 2, but don’t let that keep you away from STL!!

  4. Kristin, yes, it is on the pricey side. But I keep telling myself that I really appreciate that the people who work there are really serious about coffee and see it as their passion and their “craft.” It’s like an art, the way they do it! A treat place for sure!

  5. You summed up how I feel about ice cream! And hooray, Jeni’s is about to open just down the street. I drove down Euclid this morning and the doors were open and there were stainless steel refrigerator devices all over the sidewalk. I’m so excited.

  6. Kristin – thanks for setting me straight! 4 hours is more than a day trip, but still totally do-able. My enthusiasm for a trip to St Louis is still strong!

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