What’s better than a good cup of coffee? In our opinion, not much. That’s why we travelled around Columbus in search of the best roasters and shops. We figured you might be looking for some great coffee, too. The good news is Columbus has plenty of noteworthy cafes - but the bad news is we only have so much space to tell you about them. We trimmed our list down to six of our favorites and want to hear from you, too. Which do you frequent the most? What’s your go-to drink order? Share them with us @lifestylecommunities on Facebook and Instagram.
329 E Long Street
This coffee house, located in the heart of Downtown Columbus, was one of the first shops in the city to explore Third Wave coffee, and they’ve only gotten better over the years. For more than 16 years, Brioso has roasted coffee in-house, along with serving daily baked goods, scratch soups and sandwiches. One visit to the bustling corner cafe and you’ll understand how they’ve maintained success for nearly two decades. We highly recommend the Ohio Maple Latte and Cubano, but don’t forget the freshly roasted whole beans. That’s what first put them on the map.
Fox in the Snow
1031 N Fourth Street
Where do we begin with this next one. Since opening in early 2015, Fox in the Snow quickly emerged as one of the city’s best coffee shops. This gem operates out of a renovated mason garage in the Italian Village and the space is filled with fresh plants and natural light. And while this post is meant to cast a light on premier coffee, which they serve, Fox in the Snow offers baked goods that are tough to beat (re: egg sandwich and cinnamon rolls). Check out their About page for an inspirational story on how Fox in the Snow came to be. It’s good stuff.
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
Founded in 1988, Stauf’s is Columbus’ first micro roaster. A true specialty coffee powerhouse, they offer coffees roasted by hand every single day. They also have incredible space, perfect for people wanting to sit and relax or work amongst other people in a friendly environment. Long known as one of the best coffee shops in Columbus, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters make some pretty unforgettable pastries, too. Plus, they have locations throughout the city (Grandview, German Village, North Market and Franklinton), so you’re never too far away.
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
300 E Long Street
The Roosevelt has a truly amazing story thanks to founder Kenny Sipes. A pastor and human rights activist, Kenny opened The Roosevelt to combat human trafficking, hunger, and unclean water. In addition to the great work they’re doing, The Roosevelt is serious about the quality coffee they serve, too. Since opening, they’ve partnered with Oregon’s own Stumptown Coffee Roasters and local favorite, One Line Coffee (see below for more on them). Whichever way you cut it, The Roosevelt is worthy of a visit.
One Line Coffee
745 N High Street
Conveniently located in the Short North district, One Line Coffee is probably the most known name on the list. That’s likely thanks to their motto, “think global, buy local.” Co-founder Dave Forman spends a quarter of the year traveling to multiple countries, fostering relationships with farmers who grow award-winning coffee. By doing so, they’re able to stand behind a commitment to flavor and quality, sustainability and traceability. It’s likely why so many others want to partner with them, and it’s a big reason why they stand out from the crowd. Check them out and see what all the hype is about.
Hemingway’s Coffee Nook
175 S 3rd Street
Tucked away in a corporate office building just off the Columbus Commons, Hemingway’s is one of our favorite places to grab coffee and a muffin. The 1920’s Parisian-style decor allows guests to truly unplug and relax in a comfortable setting, and you’ll find it filled with people most every day. Owner Theresa Federer has been in the coffee business for more than 15 years and her experience shows. Ask her for the Ode to Paris and you’ll see what we mean. It can be a little tricky to find, but look for the 175 On The Park building and you’re more than halfway there. Enjoy it!