Coma Coffee to open in Brentwood


Brentwood will have a new place to get its java jolt come Aug. 1 when Coma Coffee opens at 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., in University Tower. Siblings Corbin and Macy Holtzman have tapped Kaldi’s veteran Chad Denney to head up the roasting program.


“There is demand for a coffee shop in the building,” said Macy Holtzman. “People in St. Louis are developing a taste for really good coffee thanks to other industries like the craft beer movement.”


Upon opening, Coma will serve mainly beans from Ethiopia, El Salvador and Colombia with plans to rotate its selection based on customer reaction and sourcing. Holtzman said the 50-seat shop will focus on speed, serving drip coffee and espresso drinks. Whisk will provide grab-and-go pastries at the shop.


Growth is the goal for the Holtzmans, who also own a roasting facility at 4013 Papin St., in The Grove and plan to eventually open a tasting room there that will offer pour-overs and other third-wave coffee brewing methods, as well as opportunities to learn about coffee production and roasting. “We hope to be one of the top quality roasters in St. Louis,” said Holtzman said. “We want people to know our brand and know that we’re doing everything at a high level.”