Columbus' specialty coffee purveyors want you to be disloyal. In an attempt to show off the city's burgeoning coffee scene, eight establishments have developed a passport program to get you to go outside of your normal java spot. Besides the pleasure of expanding your local coffee horizons, if you get your card stamped at four participating locations, you also receive a swanky, Ohio-chic T-shirt courtesy of Experience Columbus.
Columbus’ specialty coffee purveyors want you to be disloyal. In an attempt to show off the city's burgeoning coffee scene, eight establishments have developed a passport program to get you to go outside of your normal java spot. Besides the pleasure of expanding your local coffee horizons, if you get your card stamped at four participating locations, you also receive a swanky, Ohio-chic T-shirt courtesy of Experience Columbus.
Check out the list below for a breakdown of what distinguishes each of these shops. They all come highly recommended, so your go-to coffee shop might become delightfully inconsistent after you complete your passport.
Boston Stoker isn't much to look at, largely because it's literally tucked into the side of a bank. Don't let that deter you; despite its size, it's the best coffee joint on Campus. A full espresso bar, plus at least three daily pour-over options makes this the place to kill time between classes or meet up with that professor pal.
Many Cbus coffee drinkers have a special place in their heart for Cafe Brioso. As one of Downtown's oldest coffee institutions, Brioso has made it worth the wait and the potential parking hassle since 2001. Go for something espresso-based — Brioso makes the best cappuccino in town.
Cup O Joe
Cup O Joe is no stranger to solid coffee. By far the city's most ubiquitous local coffee retailer, any of its locations are the perfect setting if you might actually want chocolate syrup or whipped cream in your drink (no shame).
So begins our dive into Short North coffee offerings. Impero, celebrating five years of operation this December, has become a landmark in the ever-developing area. A more-than-suitable spot for a coffee concoction to accompany hanging back and perusing the internet or for doing a boutique hop down the street.
Mission Coffee Co.
While many of the other shops on this list roast their own, Mission stands alone. They're not roasting yet, but regardless, they rock mind-bogglingly delicious brews from Ohio and across the nation — served in pretty much any method you please. Most often you'll have something from Cincinnati's Deeper Roots, from which Mission serves its signature draft-style cold brew.
One Line Coffee
While every shop can happily guide you through its flavor notes and menu items, One Line takes the coffee experience a step further. The staff is always available to assist you in finding the flavor you desire for your pour-over or espresso, and looks forward to telling the stories behind the coffee it sources.
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
Roosevelt has been operating sporadically as a pop-up stand because its brick-and-mortar shop is still under construction. But its location on E. Long St. will be convenient for downtown commuters. However, Roosevelt has a grander ethos than just brewing solid coffee — a purchase at Roosevelt means a contribution to the important causes of fighting human trafficking, thwarting hunger and providing clean water.
With its new North Market and German Village locations, one of Columbus' longest-running roasters has become revitalized as a real specialty coffee force. Cup O Joe's more upscale cousin offers much of the same menu while providing a cup from a more nuanced brewing method.