If you were to tell most people that greatness lies in a basement down a Missourian alley, you may be met with a skeptical eyebrow. However, Shortwave is greatness in coffee form.
By Bill Walsh
If you were to tell most people that greatness lies in a basement down a Missourian alley, you may be met with a skeptical eyebrow. But as true as the road is full of autumn construction, some alley basements sport some pretty spectacular haunts.
After finally setting foot in Columbia, I made my way to one specific alley basement to check out the local happenings of Shortwave Coffee. A small-batch roaster operating in the lively downtown, Shortwave aims to please in the quality of their beans and the cut of their barista’s jib. Walking down Alley A off 9th St, I found the entrance easily enough, with two large black double doors leading down into the cozy, slightly low-ceilinged space.
The interior boasts plenty of wood, from the exposed rafters to the wood-slatted wall to the numerous pieces of swanky furniture. Despite the ceiling, the space is huge, with a dining room table in the back as well as plenty of warm, bright light to accommodate the basement dweller.
As for the coffee, I went for an espresso of Ethiopia Burundi and a v60 of their Costa Rica. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, bursted forth with lemon, chocolate, ginger, romaine and a little milk, all in all conveying a bright yet sultry cup; citrusy and tasty. The v60 had a similarly excellent performance, with notes of honey, biscuits, nougat, oats, pear and corn, all amidst a sweet and mellow light body.
Though I took my time to bask within the shop, my time at Shortwave proved to short for my liking. If you’re in the area of Columbia, seek out Shortwave Coffee down a downtown alley; you shall not regret it.
Bill Walsh is a contributing writer at Honest Cooking and the fanatic behind the acclaimed Pure Coffee Blog. He gains his inspiration from God, family and coffee, and loves to take each of them on the road as frequently as possible for a solid adventure.