For richer or pour over, Soda City’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning. Let’s just say, we know our coffee like we know our sugary carbonated drinks.
The Capital City has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in Columbia.
Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.
Azalea Coffee Bar, Devine District | This coffee shop sources coffee and tea from female producers and you won’t want to miss its iced coffee flights that include four of its specialty drinks for $18.
Roasts to boast
Immaculate Consumption, Downtown Columbia | Enjoy the chill atmosphere and a cup of joe at a coffee shop that has been a part of the Cola community for over 20 years.
Madrigal Cafe & Restaurant, USC campus | Order one of Magrigal’s unfiltered Turkish teas alongside a dish from its large menu, inspired by the Renaissance period.
PJ’s Coffee, Elgin | At PJ’s you’ll find a diverse range of hot and iced beverages made with an original cold brew, brewed daily using a special cold-drip process.
smallSUGAR, The Vista | City editor Sam here. One of my favorite lattes in Columbia is the iced vanilla latte with oat milk from smallSUGAR. Pro tip: order the smallSUGAR breakfast for a filling, yet fresh, meal.
Where to write your novel
Cool Beans Coffee Co., USC Campus | Serving up coffee since 1997, Cool Beans is an independent, local coffee shop located next door to USC. We bet you’ll hear some stories that will inspire your next local novel.
Higher Grounds, Downtown Columbia | Higher Grounds books + beans was created in 2008 as an outreach of First Baptist Church and we recommend coming here if you need a quite place to work, think, or write.
Events and pop ups
Curiosity Coffee Bar, North Main | Curiosity, coined as a neighborhood hangout, seeks to connect people through good times and good vibes, showcasing a curated selection of ethically-sourced coffees from various roasters. Be on the lookout for upcoming events, as its also collabs with local musicians and artists.
Loveland Coffee, Irmo | Have a local event you’d like included on its calendar? Submit it here. Also, enjoy Loveland Coffee either from its brick and mortar location or from its drive-thru kiosk, located a hop and a skip down the road.
Clutch Coffee Bar, Forest Acres area | Originally based in North Carolina, Clutch Coffee Bar come to Cola about a year ago to offer Soda Citizens a quick, high quality, drive-thru experience.
Plenty of outlets and internet connection
Blūm Coffee, Devine District | Tables and small dividers line the back wall of Blum, creating one of the best conducive environments to work. Pro tip: order the iced chai tea latte.
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, Downtown Columbia | Open seven days a week, and located near USC’s campus, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea is a go-to spot for working. Try This: order the French Vietnamese Au Lait — a blend of Sweetwaters’ dark roasted French chicory coffee & sweetened condensed milk for a flavorful Asian finish to a French coffee.
Perfect for a date
The Hideout in WeCo, West Columbia | With seating on the main floor, upstairs, and on both front and back patios, this will be the perfect location for a quick coffee date + bite to eat. Pro tip: Park behind the coffee shop and walk through the alley if parking is full out front.
Tribal Coffee, Irmo | Tribal Coffee is all about community and encourages conversation. With tons of comfortable seating options, this would be a good place to sip and chat for a bit.
In-house roasted beans
American Patriot Coffee Company, Camden | American Patriot Coffee Company roasts its coffee multiple times a week to make sure it’s fresh and sources its beans from Balzac Brothers in Charleston. Click on each bag for more information about each roast.
Oliver Gospel Roastery, Main Street District | Opening in 2020 as a social enterprise of Oliver Gospel Mission, you directly support Oliver Gospel when you purchase its coffee. Explore its different blends.