The Columbus coffee scene is one of our many stand-out features, just like breakfast, beer, arts, fashion, and so on. We’ve got a strong scene already, with spots like Stauf’s, Cafe Brioso, One Line, Crimson Cup, Luck Bros, Mission, and many more leading the way. Experience Columbus even launched the Coffee Trail, where you use a small passport to visit coffee shops and collect stamps. Collect four and you get a T-shirt!
In the past months, however, we’ve seen a new wave of coffee shops opening or expanding or moving. So let’s take a quick look at what’s new!
One Line Coffee opened a second location inside the Huntington Center downtown. They took the place of an old Peet’s Coffee (which closed all its Ohio stores) and have replicated their full shop, even selling beans and brewing equipment. Read more!
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse also opened downtown on E. Long Street. They serve coffee with a mission: profits support clean water projects, and initiatives to fight human trafficking and poverty. They serve coffee from One Line and Portland’s Stumptown, plus Destination Donuts and a whole load of snacks. Read more!
Red Velvet Cafe, which has been serving international coffee styles in Pickerington, opened a second location downtown Columbus. They’re the spot for cupcakes, gourmet toast, and just about any style of coffee imaginable, from traditional espresso to Cuban to Vietnamese and beyond. Read more!
The Bexley Coffee Shop changed ownership over the new year, and new owners Nikki and Maria have brightened the place up, begun serving Thunderkiss Coffee, and baking some killer scones, quiche, and coffee bombs. Seriously, though: the coffee bombs. They’re like little coffee cakes made with espresso and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Read more!
Boston Stoker Coffee Shop moved further south down Neil Avenue, from their crammed-in-a-bank location near campus to a bigger and better spot in the Thurber Village shopping center. They’ve also added toast from Dan the Baker. Read more!
Hemingway’s Coffee Nook took the place of Java Jan’s downtown. The cozy little coffee shop proclaims itself a “1920’s style Parisian cafe.” It’s tucked into the ground floor of the 175 on the Park building, and offers a quiet spot (plus a patio) for meetings or a downtown getaway. Read more!
Raccoon Coffee is taking coffee mobile this season. I met Jake and Ami at a FoodFort showcase earlier this year, and can attest to their great coffee and especially great homemade chai. Track them on Facebook to see where they’ll be rolling up in their trailer.
There’s lots more I haven’t even gotten to yet or are slated for openings later this year! Case in point:
- Pilgrim Coffee is also taking their brew to the streets.
- Solar Cafe opened up a shop in Hilliard.
- Lokal Cold Brew will soon be bottling and selling their cold brew with exclusively Indonesian coffees.
- Cafe Brioso is opening a larger roasting facility + a small coffee shop on East Long St. downtown later this year.
- Crimson Cup announced a second location in Upper Arlington (they also moved their roasting facility a few months back).
- Mission Coffee built a roasting facility in Italian Village.
- ROST Coffee closed their Easton kiosk, but they still sell beans online, and have indicated they’ll be back with a bigger location sometime soon.
- Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op will offer coffee and co-working space eventually to Franklinton. ColumbusUnderground has a nice piece on it.
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