Trip Idea: Not Your Average Cup of Joe
March 20, 2013
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!
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.
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.
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.
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