Coffee Trail brewing in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio – Columbus Coffee Trail introduces visitors and locals alike to the city’s hot coffee scene, which features more than two dozen local craft coffee roasters (most single-origin) and specialty coffee shops.  All of them share a passion for quality, but each has its own intriguing personal story about what launched their love affair with the bean. Coffee Columbus 172

A special Columbus Coffee Trail website, CbusCoffee.com, features rich content on the local coffee scene.  Visitors can get a Coffee Passport at any of the nearly two dozen stops, or at one of two Experience Columbus Visitors Centers (in the Arena District or at Easton Town Center).  After visiting just four of the 22 featured stops, coffee lovers receive a special Columbus Coffee T-shirt from Experience Columbus.

In addition to the city’s many artisan coffee shops and roasters, an annual Coffee Roaster’s Festival (held every March at Columbus’ North Market) and Columbus Food Adventures’ Coffee Tour highlight the city’s exploding micro-roaster culture.

Fueled by a number of enterprising entrepreneurs, just a few of the stops on the Columbus Coffee Trail include:

 Fox in the Snow rocks an excellent coffee set up, offering pour-over and the usual espresso drinks – all beautifully crafted from coffee roasted outside of Ohio in Maine by Tandem Coffee Roasters. Regulars come for the food and the coffee. House-made hand pies are stunning. And the egg sandwiches with caramelized bacon, swiss, arugula and Dijon whipped cream are revered as among the best in the country. From a humble biscuit to the wildly popular custard donut or elegant lemon galette, the quality of Fox in the Snow’s vast selection of house-made pastries makes picking one a very difficult proposition.

Café Brioso roasts a wide variety of coffees crafted by owner-roastmaster Jeff Davis. Brioso customers enjoy the process as much as the product, as expert baristas concoct the perfect cup.  The ever-changing, made-from-scratch soup and sandwich menu is designed to perfectly complement the brew.  www.cafebrioso.com.

Impero Coffee Roasters treats the act of coffee roasting as an art form.  This family-run shop is a hit in Columbus’ trendy Short North arts and entertainment district.  Entertaining baristas, quality coffee, perfect espresso and a locally sourced food menu draw crowds, even late into the evening.  www.imperocoffee.com.

Mission Coffee Co. is the new kid on the block, helping coffee aficionados interact with their java. Mission taps every imaginable brewing technique, from the most traditional to the most modern, including: pourover, Chemex, Clever, siphon, drip, woodneck, French press and espresso. www.missioncoffeecup.com.

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, the senior member of Columbus’ coffee club and big daddy to Cup o’ Joe and MoJoe Lounge coffee shops, opened in 1988.  This pioneering coffee roaster imports the highest quality Arabica beans from 20 countries, then hand fires them in a gas-powered roaster.  www.staufs.com.

Cup o’ Joe and has been pouring great brew for two decades, consistently being voted by locals as the city’s best coffee house.   Getting its fresh-roasted beans from big brother, Stauf’s, Cup o’ Joe is obsessed with the perfect cup of coffee, carefully ensuring it sells no bean past its prime.     http://www.cupojoe.com/

One Line Coffee’s superb roasts are a natural consequence of its father-son owner team’s dedication to  tracing each cup of coffee back to the farm where its beans were cultivated.  Mark and Dave Forman have been sourcing and roasting fine coffee for nearly a decade.  Their Columbus coffee house opened in 2012 and features a one-of-a-kind cupping lab where coffees are profiled, roasts perfected and each brew’s subtle notes experienced and charted. www.onelinecoffee.com

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, opening this fall, pours by the motto, “Good coffee, for good,” as it plans to  use profits from its coffee shop, cafe and concert venue to help provide clean water and fight hunger and human trafficking.  http://www.rooseveltcoffee.org/

Boston Stoker serves some of the world’s finest coffee and tea, including single-source coffee beans from African, American and Asian-Pacific roasters. A robust retail store and knowledgeable staff offer great education and coffee and tea accoutrements.  http://bostonstoker.com/.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit.  Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors.  Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: facebook.com/ExperienceColumbus and facebook.com/ColumbusFoodScene, Twitter: @ExpCols and Pinterest.

Art, music, dance and more come to downtown riverfront for Columbus Arts Festival, June 9-11

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus, OH – The Columbus Arts Festival celebrates the best in fine art and crafts in Columbus, June 9-11. Admission to this carefully curated, juried arts festival is free, with special Friends of the Festival VIP packages available. Produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, festival hours are Friday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of notable local, national and international artists representing 37 U.S. states, plus Belgium and Canada, will exhibit and sell their work at the 56th annual event.

The festival’s wildly creative vibe is amplified by Columbus’ recently completed downtown riverfront restoration, known as the Scioto Mile. Bicentennial Park and two architecturally beautiful bridges at Main and Rich streets rise above a green ribbon of lush, reclaimed parkland, which features 175 acres of green space filled with native plants, a winding promenade, sculptural water features, plazas, paths and bikeways.

New this year, the stunning sculptural creation of artists Cristobel and Samuel Wagner, Structural Circumstances E.G. 2, will bring a 24’ x 8’ mobile home replica crafted from brightly colored, transparent plexiglass to the east side of Bicentennial Park. The installation commission was the first for the Columbus Arts Festival. During the day, sunshine will project the vibrant, stained-glass-like image of the structure onto the viewer and the ground around him or her. Lit from within, the work will brilliantly glow at night. The Wagners hope the piece will encourage dialogue and foster deeper understanding between socioeconomic sectors.

Downtown Columbus’ Scioto Mile will rock, swing and sing during the 2017 festival.  This year’s Main Stage will feature live performances throughout the day by popular local and national acts, including Dave Buker & the Historians, the acoustic band Tennessee Traffic, Andy Shaw Band and many more incredible talents.  Headliners for the weekend are local bands on the rise nationally, focusing on alternative music, which continues to grow in popularity. The local alternative rock band Zoo Trippin’, takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday. Rising pop, country and R&B singer Charlie Millikin performs Saturday evening at 9 p.m. On Sunday morning, a performance by the Columbus Symphony will be a highlight of the festival.

The Columbus Arts Festival also features three additional performance stages, including the Grange Acoustic Stage with multi-disciplinary performances and a diverse mix of music, from acoustic and jazz to bluegrass and world music. A second stage features more than a dozen local dance troupes and companies. The Ohio Magazine Word is Art stage spotlights some of Columbus’ most talented spoken word poets and authors.

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Experience Columbus is the destination marketing organization for the Columbus region, dedicated to Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. In 2016, Columbus was ranked “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” by J.D. Power in the 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction StudySM.  Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: facebook.com/ExperienceColumbus and facebook.com/ColumbusFoodScene, Twitter: @ExpCols and Instagram.

Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.