February 21, 2014
Columbus is a city that takes its coffee seriously. From classic brewing to the newest techniques and technology, the Short North offers some of the best coffee houses the city has to offer. Stay warm with a quick morning fix or midday pick-me-up by visiting the shops in this list.
Cup O’ Joe/Mojoe Lounge
As a Columbus staple, Cup O’ Joe is committed to delivering the freshest java possible. Each coffee they carry is carefully researched down to the plant cultivation to be able to offer the most distinctive flavors. They roast their beans locally and deliver them to shops as they’re ordered within 48 hours to ensure an expertly prepared cup every time. Choose from a wide variety that ranges from traditional Sumatra to seasonal favorites like chocolate and peanut butter-flavored Buckeye, or enjoy a candy bar in a cup with one of their speciality concoctions like Milky Way, Almond Joy, or Mounds Bar. The Mojoe Lounge in the Short North also offers a selection of bagels, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts that you can enjoy in their relaxed atmosphere of comfortable couches and cozy tables for two.
Impero Coffee treats every cup they serve as a piece of art. Their focus on the culinary minutiae of coffee begins with building ethical, fair, and sustainable relationships with their providers. In their desire to share their passion for coffee and add to Columbus’s coffee culture, the strive to offer a unique Short North experience. Impero Coffee also offers a locally sourced lunch menu of mediterranean fare such as their Greek salad, falafel sandwich, and shawarma entree, as well as Eleni-Christina blueberry and chocolate scones. They’re currently providing a way to pay it forward through in their Counterfeit Coffee initiative, in which a discounted cup of coffee or soup can be purchased for donation to someone in need.
Mission Coffee Co.
The seasoned experts at Mission Coffee Co. believe you never have to stop learning about coffee. With over ten years of experience, they’re committed to changing perceptions about coffee by making it approachable and familiar. Mission Coffee Co. welcomes questions about every step of the coffee-making process to foster a greater understanding and knowledge. The historic building they call home has been carefully maintained and filled with furniture crafted by local fine artists to preserve the character of the space and compliment the learning experience. Stop in for a pastry from The Angry Baker and explore a range of brewing methodologies showcased at their brew bar, including balanced espresso, traditional hand-poured drip, Chemex pour over, siphon, and press.
One Line Coffee
Innovation is the name of the game at One Line Coffee. The fair trade-certified shop has mastered the science of bean roasting, and they work hard to enhance the flavor profile of every coffee. They proudly offer four types of exclusively single-origin coffee daily, brewed by any method you please, from Hario to Clever dripped to Kalita wave to French Press. They also feature the La Marzocco Strada Ep, a rare espresso machine providing the best in pressure control. Watch their skilled baristas create espresso art in a cup on lattes and cappuccinos, or request some single-origin Askinosie chocolate to sweeten your drink. One Line Coffee hosts free weekend workshops and offers a variety of donuts and pastries, some of which are gluten-free. You can also test your own coffee making skills with a 5- or 12-pound bag of wholesale beans and their large selection of affordable home brewing equipment.
Short North Coffee House
Short North Coffee House, formerly Travonna, is like the caffeinated version of a diner. From creatively-flavored specialty drinks to weekly events, every aspect of this shop is focused on having fun. Enjoy a cafe au lait, apple pie a la mode cappuccino, turtle mocha, tiramisu latte at their Thursday night poetry reading, Friday night magic gathering, or Saturday board and card game night. Short North Coffee House is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and their coffee and breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are served all day.
– Michelle Gibson