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Caffeine to-do list: Warm up this fall with Columbus Coffee Trail

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It’s not quite glove season but if your hands get a little chilly, warm up with a nice, creative cup of joe from of one the many stops on the Columbus Coffee Trail.

For yet another year, the trail has expanded to include even more superb coffee brewers.

Your caffeine to-do list is up to 23.

On the trail, travelers can experience everything from hand whipped vanilla bean cream to a charcoal honey lavender infused espresso drink. Consider passing on your regular drip and spring for something a little more adventurous so local baristas can really flex their java muscles.

Participating shops:

  • Boston Stoker
  • Brioso Roastery and Coffee Bar
  • Cafe Brioso
  • Crimson Cup Clintonville
  • Crimson Cup Upper Arlington
  • Cup O’ Joe Downtown
  • Bexley Coffee Shop
  • Cup O’ Joe Clintonville
  • Fox in the Snow Cafe
  • One Line Coffee Downtown
  • Kittie’s Cakes Cafe
  • Mmelo Boutique Confections

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  • The Roosevelt Coffee House
  • One Line Coffee Short North
  • Red Velvet Cafe
  • Roaming Goat Coffee
  • Stauf’s Grandview
  • Stauf’s North Market
  • Stauf’s German Village
  • Stauf’s Columbus Idea Foundry
  • Winans Fine Coffe and Chocolates
  • Pistacia Vera
  • Winans Fine Coffee and Chocolates
  • Third Way Cafe
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Want to get rewarded for your local caffeine intake? Grab a Columbus Coffee Trail card at any of the participating locations, collect stamps from all the shops where you make purchases, and after four stamps, claim your FREE Columbus Coffee t-shirt!

After all 23 stops, you earn a free travel mug, presented by AT&T.

Watch a tutorial on how to navigate the trail here.

To redeem, visit an Experience Columbus Visitor Center, located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd or inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Already have too many cards to keep track of? No problem, track your stops digitally at coffee.taivara.com!

Learn more about the Columbus Coffee Trail here.

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Kick off the weekend with Barroluco’s block party

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Need Friday lunch plans? How about a latin-inspired block party?

Now that warm weather is upon us, downtown Argentinian concept Barroluco is celebrating its grand opening with a block party this weekend.

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Known for South American favorites such as empanadas and paella, Barroluco’s first brick and mortar location opened back in December at the former location of El Arepazo Latin Grill at 47 N. Pearl St. Barroluco’s original food truck also remains in operation.

Photo by Emma Kate Low

The alley behind Pearl St. will be closed off for a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (Friday) at 11:00AM, with a block party to follow. Specials and giveaways will be available through Saturday, April 27 in honor of the opening festivities.

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North Star Short North getting a whole lot bigger, boozier

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The Northstar is growing! No, not the sky’s biggest star, but rather, Short North’s organic New American kitchen.

This year marks the restaurant’s 15 anniversary, and owners Kevin Malhame, Katy Malhame, and Darren Malhame have decided that it’s high time to update. Conveniently, the Malhame’s have held a lease at 945 N High St.—right next door to Northstar at 951 N High St.—for some time now and are ready to put it to use, reports Columbus Business First.

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The space will allow for an additional 1,000 square feet of dining room and, more excitingly, a full bar with wine, spirits, and dozens of Ohio beers on tap.

Work is slated to begin this summer. The restaurant will remain open during the expansion.

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Beer for Breakfast: Start the day at 4 Columbus breweries

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Is there such a thing as “too early” for a beer? We would humbly submit that no, there isn’t.

While everyone else is waiting until noon, raise a toast to the sunrise with these breakfast-themed creations from some of Columbus’ top breweries.

Note: always drink responsibly. We don’t want any angry calls from your boss saying you showed up to work completely tossed. Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Wolf’s Ridge |215 N 4th St

The brewmaster at Wolf’s Ridge is clearly a strong believer in popping off in the AM. “Cinnamon Toast Brunch” – a cinnamon-infused twist on the brewery’s staple cream ale, is delicious at any time of the day. Need something with a little more kick to get you moving? Wolf’s Ridge cellar reserve bottle offering, “’17 All The Breakfast,” is an imperial breakfast-style ale that clocks in at 10.8% ABV.

Homestead Beer Co. | 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath

Columbus Beer Week is a celebration of the many, many great beers available throughout central Ohio. If you stand any chance of sampling them all, breakfast brewskis are a must. Luckily, Homestead Beer Co. has you covered with a Beer Week concoction that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and rainbow-colored milk. Prepare yourself for Homestead’s Cocoa Pebbles porter, “Yabba Dabba Brew.”

Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N 4th St

Like their neighbors Wolf’s Ridge up the street, Hoof Hearted offers a sudsy take on cinnamon toast crunch. At 10.5% ABV, “Miracle Toast” will either start your day off on a strong note, or send you back to bed until noon.

Though not explicitly marketed as a breakfast beer, Hoof Hearted’s “Fitness Freak,” an imperial stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup added, has all of the morning-time flavors you crave. At a whopping 14%, it’s also a surefire way to transition from brunch to nap time.

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Platform | 408 N 6th St

If you don’t think a peanut butter cream puff from Schmidt’s qualifies as a breakfast item, what are you doing with your life? Cleveland-based Platform pays homage to a Columbus institution with the release of their “Schmidt’s Peanut Butter Fudge Puff” brew. This maibock style beer boasts a respectable 7.1% ABV – just enough for some AM fun without derailing your whole day.

What’s your go-to morning brew? Let us know in the comments!

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