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. 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.