The Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626), a small-batch coffee roaster, opens its doors in the former Black Cat Theatre today. Art House Coffees started roasting out of yes, an art studio, about four years ago, but this time the focus will be on the coffee.
"Everything was kind of working really progressively, and we realized we wanted to actually have a public house where we can have a little bit more community interaction," co-owner Chris Phillips told us in July. "We realized through farmers' markets that we really like talking with people and like people to get involved and be involved with us."
The Living Room has a general no-frills policy, meaning there aren't a bunch of syrups and whipped-cream toppings, though you can get milk and sugar if you ask. It does have Kakao syrup.
"The Living Room is going to be our community hub, and we're not doing any automated brewing with our coffee -- we like to carry on the story of how delicate and important the human interaction is with coffee," Phillips said. "The type of beans we source are all single-origin Arabic and need to be hand-picked, hand-brewed, so we like to carry on that philosophy. We believe that every cup should be brewed for the individual and done with great care."
The Living Room will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find out more about the coffee at its website.
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