by Nancy Stiles
There is now such a thing as Yelp coffee. Park Avenue Coffee (417 North Tenth Street; 314-231-5282) has partnered with the customer review site for a promotion called "Missouri Made" and is offering a special, small batch brew in all three of its cafes for the month of June.
"It is an Italian roast -- a mix of Indonesian and South American coffees. It's a blend we worked on with Erin, the community manager for Yelp St. Louis," Park Avenue owner Dale Schotte tells us. "We wanted to come up with a blend we felt would be suitable for the event: a nice dark roast, small batch, air-roasted coffee."
Park Avenue held the Missouri Made kickoff party on June 13 and is selling one-pound bags of the Yelp blend all month. Schotte says he has partnered with Yelp several times over the last few years.
"They're just great folks, and they're a lot of fun to work with and real big on promoting things local in St. Louis, and obviously we're big on that, too," he says.
Missouri Made runs for two weeks, and Yelp is partnering with several local restaurants. Learn chai tea mixology and mix your own at Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop (2201 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5166) on June 19. Take a chocolate tour and tasting at Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310) on June 23, or a distillery tour and tasting at Still 630 (1000 South Fourth Street) on June 24. The last event is a beer and spirits school at Square One Brewery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537) on June 26.
All of the events are free, you just have to be over 21 and RSVP on Yelp's website. Check out the full list of events here.