Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company: High-Quality, Sustainably Sourced Coffee for 25 Years
Twenty-five years ago, this sustainable coffee roaster opened its first location at this DeMun corner. Now its coffees are widely sold throughout the St. Louis region, and its cafés can be found in other Missouri cities (Columbia and Kansas City), as well as Atlanta. On the wholesale side, its expertise extends from selling coffees and teas to consulting on equipment and floor plans. It also ships coffee to customers across the country.
The enthusiastic clientele may just be over-caffeinated, but more likely they’re drawn to Kaldi’s values and philosophy. Fair trade, sustainable farming practices and ongoing, harmonious relationships are all central to its business model—and of course it doesn’t sell anything that doesn’t taste great.
On the café side, all of this means that whether you’re drinking a traditional cup, an espresso, a nitro cold brew or any other permutation of coffee, your beverage’s flavor will be top-notch. The all-vegetarian food menu is packed with plant proteins, fresh vegetables and fruit, while the bakery display case can melt even the strongest willpower. The DeMun café’s park-side location gives it a laid-back feel that makes it hard to imagine this is the origin of a growing coffee empire.
700 DeMun Ave.
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Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.