On the Grind

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I was given the daunting task of drinking coffee and writing about it. With much bravery, I scoured the city in search of the perfect coffee. However, with so many caffeine kings in the metro area, it’s impossible to find “the one.” But after due diligence, I am happy to have narrowed down three study spots near Webster with the best beans.

Webster Groves Garden Cafe

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There’s a quaint little place nearby and they have everything to satisfy your caffeinated needs. It has an irresistible charm that pulls you in. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a country farm house: white-painted brick walls and antique-looking tables and chairs. They also offer bakery items — what better way to start your morning

than a hot coffee and warm chocolate chip muffin?

This is an ideal place to work. It’s close enough to Webster that you can get away from campus chaos for an hour and get things done before class. It’s eclectic and simply fun to be in. They have outdoor seating that is just as cute as the inside. If nothing else, come by for a chai and sit by the street to check out the world.

MoKaBe’s CoffeehouseWi-Fi Password: coffeehouse

This place is number one in my book. It’s about 15 minutes from Webster and the ideal study spot because it’s open until midnight. They have great food, awesome coffee and comfortable seating. Not just for studying, it’s also a great place to catch up with friends. They have a full kitchen and also homemade bakery items. My favorite drink is the Mudslide (coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg) and it’ll probably be yours too.

MoKaBe’s is very spacious, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a cozy corner to tuck into. The staff is awesome and knowledgeable, which makes for a great experience. Their outdoor seating is perfect for reading and people watching. It’s affordable, delightful and my favorite place in the world.  

Shaw’s Coffee

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Fifteen minutes from Webster sits the cutest, quietest coffee shop you ever did see. Shaw’s Coffee is prominent stop on The Hill. Not only do they have really good coffee, they also have the best French and Italian sodas outside of France and Italy. They serve bakery items and even little quiches. It’s a bit expensive, but treat yo’ self and splurge on a large drink and scone.

If you’re into atmosphere, this place certainly has it. Years ago the building was a bank, and the old vault is now a lovely sitting space with two big chairs. The outdoor seating is cozy enough to hang out with your dog and enjoy the old-time scenery that The Hill offers. Shaw’s is only open until 6 p.m., but it’s a good daytime stop to relax and get some work done.

Story by Livie Hall

Photo by Wil Driscoll

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