by Cheryl Baehr
Thank goodness former patent attorney Scott Carey had the courage to follow a dream. Since opening Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) in 2011, this soft-spoken craftsman has elevated the St, Louis coffee scene to new heights, serving house-roasted seasonal selections from his south Jefferson storefront. Don't think of ordering a double skinny mochaccino at Sump. In fact, don't even bother asking for cream and sugar. It's just not that kind of place. See Also: MOFU Tofu Collaborates With Sump Coffee to Create Ramen Pop-Up Restaurant
Sump has a brief menu with a few in-season selections, a cold brew offering and a cappuccino so expertly executed it belongs in a showroom. Carey changes the coffee base depending on what is currently in season; on the day of my visit it was an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe that was so delicate and perfumey it tasted like Jasmine tea. Over the coffee, Carey slowly pours the rich and frothy Ozark Mountain Creamery milk to create a luscious cup of heaven. There are no bells and whistles necessary. Coffee. Milk. Perfection.
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