Aspiring heartland café Flatlands Coffee made national waves with a successful Kickstarter campaign. After a year and a half of wrangling permits and building out brew bars, Ben and Cassy Vollmar are finally ready to open their doors. …
Columbus, Ohio might be the most American of all American cities. It’s a place where college football is a religion and girls still wear Abercrombie & Fitch (well the company is headquartered there anyway). Case in point, when Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Horton’s decided to explore breaking into the American market, Columbus was their first destination. As Frank Sinatra once said, if you can make it in Columbus you can make it anywhere.
But beneath that All-American veneer, Columbus is home to a thriving independent counter-culture. With a food truck scene that rivals Portland and enough distilleries and breweries to send you to rehab, Columbus is a city bent on making itself a culinary destination. Coffee is no exception and the city boasts a number of roasters and cafés quietly putting out a quality product. One of those cafés is Mission Coffee Co. …
It’s iced coffee season. And even though cold brew is a breeze to make at home, there’s nothing quite like tapping into a keg. If only everyone was as lucky as residents of Columbus, Ohio, which is home to Mission Coffee Co.’s Cold Brew Bike. The popular Short North cafe recently launched their pedal-powered cold brew cart, which features two taps, wooden siding, and super classy old-timey lettering….
One of the reasons we started the Coffee Compass was to bring attention to the many quality-focused cafes that are currently flying under the radar. Granted, the coffee scene in New York or London doesn’t really need the press, but the American heartland is filled with a growing number of committed baristas at craft coffee shops that deserve to have their story told. Depending on how their Kickstarter campaign goes, Flatlands Coffee in Bowling Green, OH might be the next one….
A Gem of a Cafe in the Gem City
Dayton, Ohio’s nickname is the Gem City, but it is best known as the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers invented their famous flyer in Dayton, and even after their historic first flight they stayed in their hometown. Like a lot of Rust Belt cities, Dayton has had a rough couple of decades, but there’s never been a better time to get a cup of coffee in the Gem City, especially if you visit Press Coffee….
One Line Coffee on High Street
Over the past several years specialty coffee has moved from the back streets to the high street. In Columbus, OH this has happened quite literally. High Street is the Short North neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. Nested between downtown and OSU’s massive campus, the Short North is home to Columbus’s most modish bars, fashionable boutiques, and advant-garde galleries. With such cosmopolitan surroundings, One Line Coffee is a fitting showcase for specialty coffee.
A Gallery of Coffee
One Line Coffee is a Columbus-based roaster that was founded in 2009. Their mission statement shares a similar ethos with other craft coffee companies around the world:
Better coffee means a lot of different things to different people. To us it means flavor and quality, sustainability, and traceability. It means doing everything we can to ensure farmers and workers are treated well, and earn a livable wage.
Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and Edison light bulbs all lend One Line Coffee a gallery-like atmosphere, only here the coffee is on center stage. One of my favorite design details is the custom pour-over rack which lines the front counter. It’s made from …