As the craft coffee industry has grown, cafe business models have gone high volume in heavily trafficked areas. Although we’re excited to see specialty coffee get larger and larger shares of venture capital, our favorite shops remain the ones that are a step ahead of the urban planners and real estate developers. These cafes pick a location not on retail potential but on community and character. It’s hard to find a better example than Sump Coffee in Saint Louis’s South City. …
Old World Style
Beaux-Arts architecture, marble floors, people sitting around drinking espresso: all bring to mind the old world coffee houses of Vienna, Prague, or, as it turns out, Kansas City. Although the City of Fountains is best known for barbecue, The Union Station location of Parisi Artisan Coffee features a European style coffee experience with all of the opulence of the gilded age….