Spring is officially here, but temperatures are still hovering in that post-winter, just-above-freezing range. We've already gathered on sunny patios, but haven't planted the garden quite yet. This means it's last call on some hot coffee drinks before we all transition to iced coffee (although it's not like these hot drinks drop off the menu or anything). Here are five steamy coffees to cup while there's still a chill in the air.

Spring is officially here, but temperatures are still hovering in that post-winter, just-above-freezing range. We've already gathered on sunny patios, but haven't planted the garden quite yet. This means it's last call on some hot coffee drinks before we all transition to iced coffee (although it's not like these hot drinks drop off the menu or anything). Here are five steamy coffees to cup while there's still a chill in the air.

Cafe Brioso/Brioso Roastery

Ohio Maple Latte

Both Brioso spots - the original cafe at High and Gay streets, and the new Roastery on East Long Street - offer up the signature Ohio Maple Latte, which is built on its house Espresso Milano and made with real maple syrup. The smoky sweetness imparted by the maple syrup is the appropriate counterpoint to overly sugared concoctions offered by national chains.

Hemingway's Coffee Nook

Hand-Pulled Espresso

A solid shot of espresso is a surefire bet for starting any day - or even catching an afternoon pick-me-up. Along with Upper Cup in Olde Towne East, Hemingway's is one of the only spots in town offering hand-pulled espresso, where the barista - not a machine - applies the pressure to extract coffee from the beans. Enjoy an espresso in the aptly named Nook, a tiny spot inside the 175 On The Park building Downtown.

One Line Coffee

Honey Latte

Like Brioso's Maple Latte, the Honey Latte at One Line offers a balance of foamy milk, dark espresso and a light saccharine touch from a natural sweetener. Find the drink at its Short North shop, as well as the smaller stand inside the Huntington Center on Capitol Square.

Bexley Coffee Shop

Cappuccino

Bexley Coffee Shop is a little getaway on Cassady Avenue located close to the train tracks and just down the road from where Sammy makes his New York bagels. The shop offers Thunderkiss coffee, including custom roasts, and the espresso blend is an ideal base for a light and frothy cappuccino. Pair it with one of the store's coffee bombs: tiny, espresso-laced coffee cakes.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Cortado

The cortado is a great intro to espresso for people who don't like espresso, and the Roosevelt Coffeehouse really nails the drink. The name comes from the Spanish root for "cut," so a cortado is a shot of espresso cut with milk. Roosevelt's baristas deftly balance out the dark bitterness of espresso with the creaminess of milk.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus at breakfastwithnick.com. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures.