This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

This week Experience Columbus launched the Columbus Coffee Trail encouraging you to explore our strong coffee scene by visiting coffee shops and roasters. Pick up a passport from participating shops, then follow the map to sample drinks at four or more stops to earn a Columbus Coffee T-shirt!

Coffee2One of the strongest aspects of Columbus’ coffee scene is the collaboration. Coffee roasters and baristas support one another, and local eateries love serving local roasts. In addition to the coffee trail, try tracking down local coffees at some of these area restaurants.

Cravings Carryout Café does a brisk business of cold brewed Thunderkiss Coffee. They’ll fill up a growler of the brew to go with your club sandwiches or (if you’re lucky) brioche donuts. The Crest Gastropub also brews up Thunderkiss with your orange blossom French toast at brunch, South of Lane in Upper Arlington pairs it with omelets and peanut butter chocolate waffles, and Katalina’s pancake balls are best served with a cold brew Thunderkiss toddy blended with chicory and maple syrup.

The Columbus Food League restaurants are ardent supporters of Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. If you’re brunching at any of the CFL restaurants, from Jury Room to Dirty Frank’s to Surly Girl Saloon, you can wash down your breakfast quesadilla or brunch burger with a mug of Stauf’s roasts.

AJ’s Café downtown favors Upper Cup Coffee with their Indian-themed wraps like the Zen Wrap or the Raja Wrap. Nearby Dempsey's goes with Impero to supplement their Irish steel cut oatmeal.

Coffee3Café Brioso coffee seems to be a favorite of local bakeries in every corner of the city. German Village’s Pistacia Vera serves it alongside their croissants, while Kolache Republic pours it with their signature fluffy Czech pastries. Sassafras Bakery in Worthingon pairs it with tarts, scones and quiche. You can sip a shot of espresso at Dan the Baker’s in Grandview, and The Angry Baker in Olde Towne East will pour you a mug to go with their French toast sandwich.

If you’ve sampled too many beers or beermosas during brunch at Wolf's Ridge Brewing, you can revive with a shot One Line Coffee’s espresso or a cappuccino. Wolf’s Ridge also serves a porter espresso cocktail at brunch. If you eat gluten free, you’re probably familiar with Bexley’s Cherbourg Bakery. They serve beautiful gluten free donuts, muffins, strata, and croissants, all with One Line Coffee on hand.

And this is just the beginning! What’s your favorite local spot to grab a local coffee?