It’s 2015! Woohoo! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I absolutely LOVE food blogging, and I’m so grateful to be back home in St. Louis to blog about all of the amazing restaurants this city has to offer. I’m so excited to kick off another year of yummy food adventures!
First review of 2015? One of my favorite coffee shops in the world:
I’ve visited Sump a handful of times, but this time around, I wanted to — no, needed to – blog about it.
I was joined by my dad, who also adores this place.
Hi Dad! He’s pretty awesome. 🙂
One of the things I really like about Sump is their small menu:
I know that seems counterintuitive – you would think customers would want more to choose from, not less – but I like that they only offer a few selections.
Sump has a rotating coffee selection; the menu has been a little different every time I’ve visited. This time? They had three selections: Kenya Gatuyaini (with hints of grapefruit, stonefruit, and molasses flavors), Costa Rica El Pilon (plum, starburst, tobacco), and Kenya Kiongoi (juicy, grapefruit, peach).
The way the menu was set up reminded me of wine tastings. I like that the flavors to expect were right there on the menu.
The barista was super helpful, in that he gave even more detail about each coffee, and what to expect, flavor-wise. We wanted something a little heavier, so we ended up going with the Kenya Gatuyaini.
We had a seat and chatted. Sump uses various brewing methods that are different from your run of the mill coffee shop (like Starbucks, for example), so the coffee takes a little bit longer to make, but the wait is definitely worth it.
Yum! I usually don’t drink black coffee, but this was so good, it didn’t need cream or sugar. I definitely tasted the hints of grapefruit – it was nice and it added a little acidity to the coffee. The molasses rounded it out with a hint of sweetness, ensuring that it wasn’t too bitter. This coffee had a smooth mouthfeel that’s really hard to describe! We both loved it and ended up ordering a second round.
If you’re a fan of coffee, Sump absolutely needs to be on your list of places to visit. Trust me on this one, guys. 🙂
See ya next week!
3700 S. Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118