Columbus is a coffee-loving city, and our roasters and baristas compete – literally and figuratively – with the coffee pros on the world stage. While not every expert coffee purveyor has a brick and mortar location, you can find great Columbus coffees at farmer’s markets, grocery stores, online, and served hot and cold at coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries. Here are 11 Columbus coffee roasters and brewers without permanent locations. They’re well worth tracking down!
1. Thunderkiss Coffee
Jason Valentine of Thunderkiss roasts coffee in small batches at North High Brewing’s facility. He supplies beans and kegged cold brew to a wide range of restaurants and bakeries. He cycles through different roasts, but often features coffees like a dry process Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, a Papua New Guinea Peaberry, or a Costa Rican Yellow Honey.
Where to find them: kegged coffee at Seventh Son Brewing, Standard Hall, Growl!, Press Pub on Fifth; hot and cold brew at Baba’s, South of Lane, Katalina’s, Cravings Cafe, Dough Mama, Bexley Coffee Shop, Global Gallery. Beans at almost all of the above + North Market Spices, Pocket Produce.
2. Florin Coffee
Florin sells their beautifully branded bags online. It’s owned by Hans and Joelle Hochstedler; Hans was most recently one of the roasters from Mission Coffee. They curate and roast a selection of coffees that they ship directly to you. You can even sign up for coffee subscriptions!
Where to find them: florincofee.com
3. Roaming Goat Coffee
Roaming Goat is a small batch roaster dealing with single origin coffees, blends, and flavored coffees. Their name picks up on the legend that an Ethiopian goatherder’s charges wandered off and started acting jumping around after chewing the berries of the coffee plant.
Where to find them: Hills Market, Weiland’s Market, Lucky’s Market, Fresh Market, Meijer
4. Bacca Coffee
Bacca roasts their own beans and creates bagged cold brew. Yes, bagged. Much like boxed wine, the bagged cold brew stays sealed and fresh for weeks, so you can leave a bag in the fridge and easily fill your mug in the morning.
Where to find them: bacca.coffee (for beans) or @baccacoffee on IG (cold brew)
5. Owl’s Knot Roastery
My family is a fan of anything owl-themed, so Owl’s Knot quickly popped up on our radar. They roast and sell single origin beans and coffee brewing gear through their site, and make regular appearances at area farmer’s markets.
Where to find them: regular stints at the Clintonville Farmer’s Market, Gypsy Soul Antiques in Westgate, owlsknotcoffee.com
6. Backroom Coffee Roasters
Like Thunderkiss, Backroom is one of the more prolific roasters-without-a-storefront in Columbus. The name comes from their origins in the back room of a bicycle shop (which also explains the cycling theme). They offer a range of single origin roasts and blends, all of which are available through their site or at most local and/or natural foods markets.
Where to find them: Lucky’s, Weiland’s, Whole Foods, Hills Market, Global Gallery, Oats & Barley, and many more
7. Ardor Coffee
Ardor is the brainchild of Adam Lehman from The Wonder Jam. He roasts in super small batches, so his coffees sell out quickly. Sign up through his site to be notified by e-mail when coffee is available, or follow him on Instagram.
Where to find them: ardorcoffee.com
8. Silver Bridge Coffee
Although Silver Bridge is based in Gallipolis, Ohio, they have a strong presence at Columbus stores and markets. Their name comes from the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River at Gallipolis. They wholesale their single origin and blended coffees and sell them retail in nearly every grocery store around the region; you’ll see Silver Bridge regularly at farmer’s markets, too.
Where to find them: Celebrate Local, Weiland’s, Lucky’s, Hills Market, Giant Eagle Kroger
9. Ramble Coffee
Ramble Coffee roasts in Worthington, focusing on single origin and fair trade, certified-organic beans. Not only do they roast, but they serve coffee from their wooden-paneled, tear drop camper at farmers markets and events around the city.
Where to find them: the Worthington Farmer’s Market, Watershed Bar & Kitchen, Global Gallery, Celebrate Local
10. Off the Beaten Path Coffee
Off the Beaten Path produces cold brew coffees infused with nitrogen to give them a smooth, creamy texture.
Where to find them: on the shelf at Lucky’s, Hills Downtown, Weiland’s, Arena Wine and Spirits, and on tap at The Angry Baker, Polaris Grill, The Guild House, Lemongrass, The Medallion Country Club Westerville.
11. Cold Brewers Coffee
Cold Brewers roasts beans blended for the ideal cold brew. They sell beans and home cold brewing equipment, and will soon be selling bottled cold brew as well.
Where to find them: coldbrewerscoffee.com