Sauce Magazine – Pipers Tea & Coffee will open on South Kingshighway in St. Louis this summer
Pipers Tea & Coffee opens on South Kingshighway in St. Louis this summer
Pipers Tea & Coffee will open its first St. Louis location at 3701 S. Kingshighway Blvd. this summer. in the Northampton neighborhood of South City in a historic area nicknamed the Crown District in 2020, as reported by Feast.
“We love being part of historic buildings and revitalizing neighborhoods,” said Amber Barnett, who co-owns Pipers with husband Peter Barnett. “This has to do with why we are excited to be part of the Crown District.”
The couple lived in England until 2009 when they moved to the United States. “We both have quite an affinity for tea,” said Amber Barnett. “When we came to America we were looking for a really good cup of Earl Gray. I still drink this every morning. ”
Their tea journey really started in 2012 when they started sourcing their own tea ingredients and hand-mixing an Earl Gray, which they still drink to this day. The tea was first distributed to family and friends and eventually sold online and in pop-ups. The first Pipers store opened in 2015 in the historic Midtown neighborhood of Paducah, Kentucky, about two and a half hours from St. Louis. A second location in downtown Paducah opened at the end of 2020 and houses the roastery.
In addition to coffee and tea from all over the world, which are processed in Paducah, four to six rotating local beers on tap are offered at the St. Louis location. “With St. Louis so rich in beer history, we thought it would be a nice nod to the city and the community to add beer,” said Barnett. “Tea has such a rich, centuries-old history, as does coffee and beer. So if you bring all three historical drinks together in one place, the traditions will be honored and brought into a modern environment. “
Draft coffee and tea beverages are offered, including nitro variations, along with matcha sodas, soda, and tonics. Eventually, the business plans to offer kombucha on tap from a local brewer, though nothing is set in stone yet. There will be a few places to eat out too, and the couple plans to reach out to bakeries around town for breakfast items and other take-away goodies. “We want to celebrate the community around us,” said Barnett.
The Barnetts were put in touch with brothers Ivan and Berto Garcia, who are key players in revitalizing the Crown District, and the owners of the Golden Hoosier, a bar and restaurant next to Pipers. “Meeting her was such a breath of fresh air,” said Barnett. “We just wanted to be part of their vision for the entire neighborhood.”
Pipers Coffee & Tea has sheet metal ceilings and paneling on the walls as well as white, copper and leather tones that create a warm feeling and hint at the historic space. Long benches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a stage area for local musicians and other entertainers, plus an exposed cold brew system and rounded bar in the center of the room will also be part of the new space. “It’s going to be very light, airy, and comfortable with a modern feel and aesthetic, while keeping the lab feel,” said Barnett. “Our motto and our mission is to always adopt tradition and make it modern.”
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