Between dropping the kids off and running errands, sometimes the only time you have to escape the hustle and bustle is a five-minute break. In the midst of the chaos, use those five minutes to refuel, and take a java dive. Caffeinated drive-through locales are popping up everywhere, but here are the top choices to keep you wired.
: Cliché? Perhaps. But Starbucks has always been a top choice for moms on the go. Want an extra sugar rush to push the caffeine kick over the edge? Try a grande vanilla caramel latte with an extra shot of espresso. 14900 Manchester Rd., Ballwin.
: The St. Louis rival to Starbucks, Kaldi’s brews its coffee strong. Extra strong. So strong, in fact, that you don’t need to upgrade to an espresso-based drink. Kaldi’s Highlander Grogg is one of the best brews in town. But if you find yourself wanting espresso-entranced energy, opt for a Mayan Mocha. The Mayan mixes a kick of spice with the sweetness of chocolate. 17211 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield.
: Coffee with conscience. More Than Coffee’s current location was actually featured on the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The coffee shop promotes Christian values, and the owner donates a portion of all his profits to local charities. Try the black and white mocha for a sweet treat. 14240 Manchester Rd., Manchester.