Don't want your caffeine reliance to hurt the ecosystem? If you prefer to get your cup of joe in a chill local shop that's environmentally friendly, consider checking out Crazy Goat Coffee.
The shop opened about two months ago in Gahanna's picturesque Creekside Plaza, complete with fountains, outdoor patios and brick sidewalks. Conveniently, the plaza's parking garage is free.
Inside, Crazy Goat's decor has an almost rustic feel, with burnt orange and grayish-brown walls. In the center of the shop is a fireplace, which should add some much-appreciated warmth and coziness during the winter.
Customers can sit at tables or lounge in armchairs. With soft music playing in the background, Crazy Goat is a comfy place to read, study or hang out.
The shop's colorful menu showcases its drinks, made with ingredients from companies that promote environmental sustainability. Along with direct-trade Intelligentsia coffee, Crazy Goat serves locally grown teas and offers all-natural, vegan syrups. To limit waste, there's a discount for customers who bring their own mug.
Beat the summer heat with a frozen blend or iced drink. The thick and creamy iced vanilla latte ($3.55) maintains a refreshing coffee flavor underneath the vanilla's sweetness.
Coffee drinkers looking for their old standby can try the house blend ($1.50) or an espresso ($1.55). Add flavor shots to kick drinks up a notch. Non-coffee-drinkers can try tea ($2) or a hot chocolate ($2). Or for a fruity alternative, choose from four different flavors of smoothies ($3.75).
Don't forget to sample a pastry or dessert. The banana nut bread ($1.50) is moist and cake-like, with a great banana flavor. There's also an array of cookies ($1), cupcakes (75 cents) and other treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
And if you fall in love with Crazy Goat but can't visit often, you can purchase their teas and coffees to brew at home.