I admit, this is the first time I am reviewing a coffee shop that I’ve never been to before. Chronicle Coffee, located just north of Grand Center, is a new St. Louis coffee shop that opened in the beginning of the year, and it’s a great addition to the neighborhood. I used to live in the area, and I wish this coffee shop was here when I used to live here. Anyway, it’s here now, and Chronicle Coffee is a quaint coffee shop for an up-and-coming part of town.
How’s the Drink?
The vanilla soy latte is fantastic, an excellent balance between the vanilla and the espresso. There’s something silky about it, and I’m not sure if it’s the soy milk or the vanilla syrup. The drink wasn’t scalding hot either, can be a problem when it’s made and served right away. I did have to wait a few minutes for the barista to serve other customers first, but it was worth the wait.
Chronicle also sources all their coffee from Northwest Coffee Roasting, a local roaster, doing a good job of helping the neighborhood while offering local coffee on its menu. Although Chronicle Coffee doesn’t have the most extensive menu, one item that’s unique is the carmocha, which is caramel, chocolate milk, and whipped cream. It’s the first time I’ve seen chocolate milk used in a drink at a coffee shop. Besides that, the drink menu consists of the normal espresso shots, lattes, mochas, and regular hot coffee.
It’s quiet afternoon on a weekday, so the shop is almost empty. It’s a great place to study and to get work done in the regard because it’s not dead quiet like a library. The few people here are conversing, and Bob Marley jams from the corner. However, seating and outlets are very limited, so there’s only room for about three or four people to camp out with a laptop. Another hindrance to that could the hours of operation, (M-Fri: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.), which aren’t too conducive for several hours of studying unless you arrive early enough. This could change if enough patrons come here to study and want the longer hours. These hours are also unfortunate because those visiting Grand Center for an event would often be unable to grab a cup of coffee before the show.
Otherwise, Chronicle Coffee is a nice spot that’s perfect for having some down time or a meeting with a friend or colleague. Black and white photos adorn the western wall, exhibiting pride in the neighborhood’s history while contributing to its future sustainability. It’s a perfect, friendly establishment that’s meant to be for this community and serves as a safe location to work, to talk, and to have something warm and delicious to drink. Highly recommend dropping by if you’re ever in the area.
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