Free Press Coffee House
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Free Press Coffee House opened its doors in Springfield in February and already there are plans to launch a second location in the city. We spoke with Kate Waterman, 29, Free Press Coffee House lead educating barista about the business’ rapid expansion. 

Free Press Coffee House, was first established in June 2014, in Pittsfield, by Jane Ann and Jonas Petty to improve the guest experience at the William Watson Hotel – owned and operated by the couple since 2008. Free Press Coffee House expanded to Mt. Sterling in 2016 and Springfield this year.

“The move to Springfield seemed like a natural one,” said Kate. “Born and raised in Springfield, Jane Ann still resides here, so this was very much a homecoming for her and provided a larger market for Free Press Coffee House to grow and expand.”

Free Press Coffee House aims to be a community-minded coffee house providing unparalleled hospitality said, Kate. “Our goal is to be America’s front porch; to give our guests a taste of small town and neighborly hospitality that you don’t expect anymore,” said Kate. “It’s rooted in our deep desire to show kindness and service to everyone who steps through our doors.”

Customers can select from a full menu of espresso-based drinks, pour overs, direct trade sourced teas, single origin direct trade coffees, smoothies, and food. All baked goods are made fresh, in-house, daily. All coffees and teas are sourced from Custom Cup (Springfield, IL), Blueprint Coffee (STL), and coffees and teas from Kaldi’s Coffee Roastery (STL). Other Free Press Coffee House services include quick grab and go food, a stay a while dining room with comfortable furnishings to meet your friends, a bundled menu and rental space for events - staffing you with a barista to craft your drinks. Merchandise is available for purchase with items by Serious Lip Balms, David Hines’ artwork, Chartruse, and Me Time Essentials. 

The SPRO in action.

The SPRO in action.

Free Press Coffee House has a mobile unit called the SPRO (short for espresso) Cart for weddings, private events, and employee appreciation days, which is stocked with customized menu items.

One long-standing Free Press Coffee House favorite is the honey vanilla latte; however, the chocolate milk cold brew has also proved popular this summer. Once fall arrives, Free Press Coffee House customers will have an opportunity to try a pumpkin spice latte with a twist. “We will also begin offering baked oatmeal and an individual frittata,” said Kate.

Free Press Coffee House’s second location on MacArthur and S Grand is still in the works. But Kate said, through its success the team at Free Press Coffee House never wants to lose sight of what’s really important. “It is our mission to provide great customer service, be knowledgeable about our product, be involved, give back to the community, and maintain a positive environment that offers a distinct experience.”

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