Kaldi’s Coffee in Kirkwood, MO | Double Espresso
Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co.
120 S. Kirkwood Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Wait a sec, why does this review say from Kirkwood, MO? Well, it is because I now live back in my hometown of St. Louis, MO to take my taste buds on a new venture and further my knowledge of coffee in other cities. The first stop that I knew I had to make was to Kaldi’s Coffee, which there are several locations stretching across the St. Louis surrounding area. Not only is Kaldi’s Coffee a staple in the coffee community here, they have made a name for themselves nationwide as one of the top coffee houses and micro roasters in the entire country. Their reputation as fine roasters and connoisseurs of specialty coffee does not stray them away from offering a great and relaxing environment of your everyday coffee shop. They offer tons of outdoor patio seating and a variety of choices on their menu. And hold your breath third wave experts, they have the word “grande” listed in their size choices. Too many fine coffee shops are straying away from the popularity of the customer who still wants a regular drip coffee or their mocha frappe, and could care less about what country, brewing process or other pretentious expertise that you are offering. I am not saying that these are the best traits to have as a coffee drinker, but there is no reason to single out the simplicity of just wanting some coffee. Nonetheless, it was nice to see a place with such a high reputation offering selections for all types of drinkers. The double espresso was everything I could have asked for. It was served along with a glass of sparkling water for the palette and some chocolate covered espresso beans to finish your shot off with a sweet finish. Lately, I’ve strayed away from enjoying an espresso that tries to be too sweet, and this shot had the perfect blend of a bite and a smooth “nutty” flavor that served well for this afternoon pick-me-up. I am going to enjoy diving head first into the coffee community that they have here and I hope to continue to learn more and share my experiences about the independently owned shops here in the St. Louis area.