Coma Coffee Roasters / by Caleb Savage

Coma Coffee Roasters promises to bring uncompromised quality, due respect to a coffee’s origin, and a platform for learning, expression, and experimentation to St. Louis, Missouri and the greater coffee community. We got to hear from Connor James who serves as Coma’s Coffee Programs & Account Manager to learn a little bit more about Coma, St. Louis, and of course, coffee.

Connor James roasting something tasty (Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee)

Connor James roasting something tasty (Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee)

WHO IS COMA COFFEE?

Founded by siblings Corbin and Macy Holtzman (COrbin + MAcy = COMA) in July 2016, Coma was founded with the idea to bring a quality coffee and a community space to the University Tower, located in central St. Louis. Along with Connor, this team of twenty-somethings are passionate and ready to make an impact in the world of coffee:

“We are fortunate enough to find ourselves amidst this industry at a very impressionable time. Coffee is in a transitional period of sorts, and we are quite literally reshaping how coffee is understood and experienced.”  

These high expectations are coupled with an emphasis on connecting consumers with the story and history of a coffee’s origin as well as offering a space for creativity, humility, and experimentation within the cafe experience.

Barista Cameron McCarty (Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee)

Barista Cameron McCarty (Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee)

Inside University Tower, you’ll find a beautiful Synesso MVP espresso machine paired with high-ceilings, giant windows, and marble countertops. There, you’ll be able to taste coffees roasted for “optimal sweetness without compromising acidity.” While this is the ideal, each coffee is roasted to it’s own, distinct profile to ensure that each coffee is presented as best as possible. Every cup of Coma coffee should be “sweet and acidic with a lingering, lasting session.” 

ST. LOUIS FOOD & DRINK GUIDE

If you find yourself in St. Louis, Connor has some great recommendations for what to do after you’ve found your Coma caffeine fix:

“For drinks, Blood & Sand, a speakeasy style restaurant and bar. There is literally nothing they don’t do extremely well. Check out Four Hands Brewing for their IPA’s, Urban Chestnut for their Old-World Style beers, Perennial for their sours and Earthbound brewery for something funky and experimental.  For food, I swear by everything local chef hero Gerard Craft does. He has numerous restaurants around the city with different ethos and styles; a few to name are Taste, Sardellas, and Pastaria.  For experience, check out Art Hill surrounded by St. Louis Forest Park. Our art museum sitting atop the hill, overlooks a gorgeous fountain and skyline view of the city in addition to showcasing some of the most splendid paintings, sculptures and cultural pieces.”

WHAT'S NEXT?

Big things are in store for Coma as they celebrate their 2nd place finish at Coffee Fest Chicago in America’s Best Cold Brew Competition.  

Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee

Photo courtesy of Coma Coffee

This victory comes just in time with their launch of large scale Cold Brew distribution in St. Louis.  Be on the lookout for their Cold Brew in restaurants on tap!  Also coming soon to the Coma Coffee family is work on creating a shared space for their roaster and a new cafe in STL.

We’re so excited to share Coma’s passion and energy for coffee and community with you in Oklahoma City.