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Trip Idea: Not Your Average Cup of Joe

Coffee is booming in Columbus. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new roaster, a classic cafe with exacting standards or a barista who makes incredible latte art. You can get a taste for the whole scene this Saturday at the North Market Coffee Roast, or if you come another day, you can follow this itinerary to create the perfect coffee-centric day near downtown. What’s best, you can do taste it all on foot!

Coffee Map

Start your trip at the Short North’s new One Line Coffee, where you can sample a finely curated selection of coffees and espressos from around the tropics, brewed using a Hario v60, Clever Drippier, Kalita Wave, French press or chemex. This is a coffee nerd’s nirvana. Next, walk north down High Street, browsing the boutiques and galleries of the Short North to Impero Coffee.  This small shop features coffees roasted in 10-pound batches in nearby in Grove City – if you order a latte, pay an extra 50 cents to upgrade to Snowville or Hartzler Dairy milk – you will absolutely notice the difference.
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Next, check out some more shops – Grandview Mercantile is great for browsing antiques, and get a bite to eat for lunch – Northstar Cafe is a great choice, and the patio is nice. Tucked just 1/2 block off High on Price Ave., Mission Coffee Co. offers another highly technical and highly delicious take of coffee – it’s even home to what might be the most expensive cup in the city – a cup hand-brewed using the bean-and labor-intensive siphon method, clocking in at $8. With your extra jolt of caffeine, take a 1.5 mile walk through downtown and just across the border of Olde Towne East to Upper Cup Coffee. Stop in at the Columbus Museum of Art or sip your to-go cup at Topiary Park. Run by a transplant from Eritrea, a coffee-growing nation in East Africa, roasting is done on site, and it’s a great spot to split a French press of whatever they recommend. The tasty ful, a fava bean dip, is a nice accompaniment.
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Then, head back to the south end of the Short North for a stop at Cup o Joe and MoJoe Lounge, one of the original pioneers of the Columbus coffee scene. Switch things up a little, and order for the MoJoe bar menu – an espresso cocktail might be nice! Finally, walk back down High Street to the corner of Gay Street, and order a cubano at Cafe Brioso, one of the creative instigators of the coffee scene here.

That might sound like a lot of coffee for one day – so feel free to modify this trip by adding days, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, by clicking the Customize This Itinerary button!