There is a buzzing coffee culture in Columbus — and because of our deep entrepreneurial spirit, it’s no surprise we’re home to a plethora of incredible, independent coffee shops and roasters.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to get caffeinated in our capital city. Skip the Starbucks this morning and stop by one of these locally owned coffee shops!
745 North High Street | 41 South High Street
Photo courtesy of One Line Coffee
At One Line, you can enjoy espresso pulled from one of the rarest machines in the world, the La Marzocco Strada EP, and watch their knowledgeable baristas use it to create beautiful latte art. They also offer cold drip coffee made from Kyoto Drip Towers that you can watch, mesmerized from the behind the coffee bar. No matter what you get at One Line, you can rest assured knowing it was made from the best coffee available in the best way possible.
4541 North High Street | 2468 Northwest Boulevard
Since their founding in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee has been a leading coffee roaster in Columbus. They offer handcrafted coffee drinks, espresso, tea and frozen beverages made fresh with their award-winning coffee that they sell all over the country. Stop in for a cup of joe and enjoy the free WIFI. And if you’re looking for a more hands-on coffee experience, you can check out a course at their coffee innovation lab!
3041 Indianola Avenue
Photo courtesy of Kathy Watson via Eat, Purr, Love
If you’re a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic “cat cafe”, not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption.
1101 West 1st Avenue
Luck Bros’ Coffee has been proudly serving Columbus since 2006 and offers a whole range of coffee drinks, tea and baked goods. They roast their coffee in-house and there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy it! Our favorite way to experience Luck Bros’ coffee is with their espresso flight, which allows you to taste test their espresso with several different variations.
300 East Long Street
Photo courtesy of The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
Located downtown, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is serving great coffee and helping to save lives. When you visit this coffee shop, you are supporting not only a local business but also organizations that are dedicated to providing clean water, fighting hunger and ending human trafficking.
329 East Long Street | 14 East Gay Street
A downtown Columbus staple since 2001, Brioso Coffee has created a culture and community around their coffee. They use carefully selected coffee roasted by experienced roasters to provide their customers with coffee that’s more than just a way to wake you up in the morning — but a special coffee experience.
1031 North 4th Street | 210 Thurman Avenue
Photo courtesy of Fox in the Snow
This coffee shop and bakery offers rustic-styled baked goods along with carefully crafted hand-poured drinks. Their stunningly decorated shops provide the perfect environment for studying, catching up with friends or just relaxing with a great cup of coffee.
Columbus’ first micro-roaster, Stauf’s Coffee believes that “The Proof is in the Cup”, which is why they only sell the finest quality specialty coffee they can. They do this by acquiring the best Arabica beans available and roasting exclusively on gas-fired drum roasters. You can enjoy a cup of this freshly roasted coffee at one of their locations all around Columbus.
79 Parsons Avenue
Owner Micael Habte grew up in Eritrea, Africa. Throughout his life there, he watched his mother roast coffee beans as part of a traditional coffee ceremony. He decided to bring his love of coffee to Columbus as a wholesale operation in 2010 and then opened an adorable retail location in 2011. Today, you can visit their shop and experience Habte’s passion for coffee first hand in the historic Olde Town East neighborhood.
11 Price Avenue
For over ten years, Mission Coffee has worked to provide the Columbus area with great coffee. They only use coffee roasted by the finest coffee roasters in the country and have committed themselves to creating an environment that isn’t for the pretentious, but rather the curious.
1069 West Broad Street
Photo courtesy of Bottoms Up Coffee
Bottoms Up was created with the purpose to achieve positive social change through great coffee and community engagement. To accomplish this goal, they provide diapers to parents in need to try to lower the infant mortality rate in the community. You can visit their stunning location in Franklinton and enjoy some of their fantastic coffee and baked goods all while supporting a great cause.
3535 North High Street
Global Gallery is a Fair Trade coffee shop, gift shop and art gallery with a mission. They sell handcrafted products from around the world along with fresh coffee and delicious bakery items. At Global Gallery, you can relax, study for a final, or spend time with family in friends in an Instagram-worthy environment.
What local shops do you love?
Let us know which Columbus coffee shop is your favorite in the comments or on Instagram at #CutlerExplores!