Caffeine Crawl Returns To St. Louis For A Weekend Buzzing With Local Coffee Culture

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Caffeine Crawl

Image courtesy of Caffeine Crawl

If you have trouble differentiating between your venti caramel macchiatos, cortados and cappuccinos then perhaps a weekend of coffee education is needed. On April 18-19, hop onto the third annual Caffeine Crawl—a national event that prompts coffee aficionados and novices alike to learn a little more about the quality and techniques used by the best spots in their city.

This year’s Caffeine Crawl includes 10 different stops on its two-day, muli-route tour. Here’s how it works: Participants purchase tickets for Friday evening or Saturday morning and then choose their desired mode of transportation. Caffeine crawlers are welcome to bike, drive or take a bus from stop to stop. At each location crawlers will enjoy a drink or sample of chocolate—yes, chocoholics get their fix too—while watching a brief presentation from a coffee expert. Stops include Blueprint Coffee, Chauvin Coffee Company, Chronicle Coffee, Coffee Cartel, Comet Coffee, Kakao Chocolate, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company, Kayak’s Coffee & Provisions, Rise Coffee House and Sump Coffee.

Friday’s festivities start at 5pm inside of Chauvin Coffee Company’s roasting facility located at 4160 Meramec St. The fourth generation, family-owned business has long been a source for area coffee shops to find everything from beans to barista stations, thus making it a great spot to pick up a few coffee pointers. During the Caffeine Crawl, guests will be welcome to try Chauvin’s different brews while on a guided tour of their facility to see the roasting process firsthand. From there (and depending upon the desired mode of transportation), crawlers will follow their routes to either Blueprint, Kakao, Kaldi’s in Demun, Sump, Comet or Chronicle with the last scheduled stop at 8:30pm.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company will host the kickoff for Saturday morning at 10am inside their roasting facility located at 700 St. Bernards Lane. This is the third year that Kaldi’s has participated in the event and also marks their 20th anniversary, which has been celebrated with a sleek rebranding of the roaster’s logo as well as an announcement to soon expand production in a larger 30,000-square-foot roasting facility. Frank McGinty, the director of sales and marketing at Kaldi’s, is excited to share insider tips during the Caffeine Crawl that will showcase the high quality of ingredients and attention to detail that go into each cup at Kaldi’s. After samples, crawlers will continue their caffeine buzz at five more stops that can include Blueprint, Chronicle, Coffee Cartel, Comet, Rise, Kayak’s or Sump depending upon the chosen mode of transportation.

Tickets range from $24 to $30. If you can’t catch the St. Louis Caffeine Crawl, be sure to check out the other upcoming events in cities across the country.

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