Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hold The Coffee @ Columbus Coffee Trail

Rest in peace, Short North Cup O'Joe. None of my blog
readers will ever know just what superficial opinions
I had about you.
All I can say is I tried to feature a coffee shop on Columbus' Coffee Trail, but irony won the battle at the end of the day. Matt and I spent two nights, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus covering the city's coffee shop trail, with an end-goal of featuring at least one shop in my Hold The Coffee blog.

Little did we know the coffee shop Matt and I chose to visit for the blog, Cup O'Joe in the Short North neighborhood, was closing soon. In fact, five days after our visit, I learned it's last day of business was the Sunday we visited. I shared the unfortunate story with Mark Swanson, who is president of the company. He apologized and told me the company chose not renew the shop's lease partly because the coffee shop's sister brand and roaster, Stauf's, opened a location in the North Market, located a little ways across the street.

Yes, I wear a bike helmet every where I go. It gives the
impression that I bike more than I do.
Although the Cup O'Joe's we visited had some neat furniture and a very friendly barista behind the counter, there's no point talking about it here in the blog.

I did go to seven other coffee shops on the trail, but that was while I had my journalism cap on. I was busy taking notes then about how the coffee trail was formed, how sourcing, equipment and technique impacts the taste of coffee and how cold brew coffee and iced coffee are not the same thing. The shops' atmosphere and location blew me away, but I didn't really have a chance to walk in with a friend, sit down for some coffee and evaluate the experience at each shop like a costumer--which is the premise behind each post. I do intend to gradually visit and feature each shop in a blog post. Matt and I certainly don't mind visiting Columbus whenever we get the chance. 

(To read more about the trail and my experience, read my travel piece appearing in the Nov. 9 travel section, or online at News-Herald.com)

But in the meantime, I'll map out where Matt and I visited over the three-day trip. (Make sure to click on each icon for photo and additional inforation.)



Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via email--shusted@news-herald.com--or on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.

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  2. He apologized and told me the company chose not renew the shop's lease partly because the coffee shop's sister brand and roaster, Stauf's, opened a location in the North Market, located a little ways across the street. EllenMing

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