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Kaldi’s co-owner Tyler Zimmer spills the beans on the biz

Article by George Mahe Photo by Kevin A. Roberts Kaldi’s co-owner Tyler Zimmer is a certified “Q Grader,” the closest thing to a coffee sommelier. As such, his palate is rarely questioned. Part of Zimmer’s job is to taste and evaluate (“cup,” in coffee parlance) 1,500 to 2,000 coffees per year, less than 10 percent of which ever see the inside of Kaldi’s 80-year-old roaster. St. Louis’ coffee cognoscenti wouldn’t have it any other way. Explain how Kaldi’s came about. Howard Lerner and Suzanne Langlois started Kaldi’s in October 1994, before there was even a Starbucks here. They were two journalists looking for a change, and the local coffee culture was beginning to develop, and they recognized that. They got...

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2016 Year In Review

With the holidays here and 2016 coming to a close, we have been reflecting again on what a wonderful year is has been. This year has been as busy as ever for us, and 2017 looks to be the same, if not more so. Thank you from all of us for sticking with us, coming to our shops, visiting us online, and just supporting us. We couldn’t do it without you. January began with one of the best gifts we could have imagined. After the “Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup” exhibit closed in January, the Missouri History Museum gifted us the incredible coffee mural that was the showstopper of the exhibit. It now...

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An update on the Gerhart and the Mid Campus Center locations

In April of this year, we announced a few new stores, two in St. Louis, and two in Atlanta. While the Atlanta stores opened on time, the St. Louis stores have been a bit slower to develop. As construction projects are wont to do, these projects have hit a number of delays, pushing us back months on Gerhart and weeks on MCC. That being said, construction is finally in progress at both locations. We are hard at work building out both locations, working closely with Space Architects on the Gerhart location and working with the team at Washington University St. Louis Medical School on the MCC project. We have blueprints laid out, cabinets drawn up, and equipment ordered. We anticipate...

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Holiday 2016 Hours

Below are all our stores' hours for the holiday season. Happy Holidays!   St. Louis: ThanksgivingKirkwood - 6am-11amDemun - 6am-11amAll other cafes - ClosedThe Roastery will be closed Thursday and Friday Christmas EveAll cafes will close at 3pm Christmas DayAll cafes will be closed New Years EveAll cafes will close at 3pm New Years DayAll cafes will be closed Kayak's  Kayak's will be closing at 9 o'clock in the evening December 22 - January 16th Kansas City: ThanksgivingMain St. - Closed47th St. - 4pm - 9pmJefferson St. - 8am -12pm, 4pm-9pmStateline - 7am - 1pm Christmas Eve Main St. - 8am -2pm 47th St. - 7am - 6pm Jefferson St. - 7am - 6pm Stateline - 7am - 5pm Christmas DayAll Cafes...

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Tis the Season

 One of our favorite seasonal blends, we have offered our ‘Tis the Season for the past four years. As in year’s past, this year we took two coffees, one from Ethiopia and one from Sumatra to create our version of a Mocha Java blend. This year’s Ethiopian component is a naturally processed coffee from the Chuchu cooperative, grown near the town of Dilla of the Sidama region. This complex coffee adds plenty of dark fruit notes to the blend, such as cherry and blueberry.   The Sumatran component comes from the famed Aceh region in northern Sumatra.  Here the coffees are picked at peak ripeness and then processed in the “wet hull” method that has made Sumatra famous for...

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