First Look: Blueprint Coffee in the Loop

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       Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker. | Nancy Stiles

Blueprint Coffee (6225 Delmar Boulevard; 314-266-6808) finally opened on Labor Day after months of preparation. Partners Mike Marquard and Andrew Timko gave us a sneak peek last week, but we finally got a taste of what Blueprint's really about -- simple, tasty coffee.

See also: Blueprint Coffee Looks to Open Next Week in the Loop

       Andrew Timko brews up some Joe. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Andrew Timko brews up some Joe. | Nancy Stiles

The coffee itself is pretty personal: It's pour-over, right in front of you. Timko served ours on a metal tray with a coffee cup and beaker, which makes the whole thing feel crafted and scientific. There's also espresso and tea, as well as iced and decaf coffee.

Blueprint isn't stingy with the food, either. The slices of bread -- English muffin, New York rye, French peasant, six-grain wheat, raisin cinnamon walnut -- are generous, as are the cheeses from Heartland Creamery. Cream scones, sour cream muffins and croissants were also on hand from Comet Microbakery. Blueprint also has housemade lemon raspberry, plum and peach preserves and compote.

"There was a line out the door the first day," Timko says. "All of our personal friends and coffee friends and people from around here welcoming us to the neighborhood. We couldn't have asked for a better day." He says customers have been complimenting them on the feel of the space, which was really Blueprint's goal. "We just want to make people feel comfortable. It's neat to see everyone be welcoming."

Continue for more photos of Blueprint Coffee.

       Enjoying the natural light. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Enjoying the natural light. | Nancy Stiles
       Get the soft bread toasted with a house-made topping. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Get the soft bread toasted with a house-made topping. | Nancy Stiles
       One of the perks of working at Blueprint: plenty of caffeine! | Nancy Stiles
  •        One of the perks of working at Blueprint: plenty of caffeine! | Nancy Stiles
       Blueprint uses Square, founded by STL native (and Twitter co-founder) Jack Dorsey. | Nancy       &nbspStiles
  •        Blueprint uses Square, founded by STL native (and Twitter co-founder) Jack Dorsey. | Nancy        Stiles
       People watching on Delmar. | Nancy Stiles
  •        People watching on Delmar. | Nancy Stiles
       Toasted French peasant bread with Havarti cheese and Cesmach coffee. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Toasted French peasant bread with Havarti cheese and Cesmach coffee. | Nancy Stiles
       The helpful staff. | Nancy Stiles
  •        The helpful staff. | Nancy Stiles
       Hanging out. | Nancy Stiles
  •        Hanging out. | Nancy Stiles

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