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Your guide to Columbia’s coffee shops

If you don’t have coffee already in hand, consider this your sign to grab some with our coffee guide, featuring 25+ local coffee shops.

Azalea Coffee Bar

Order a specialty drink next time you go to Azalea Coffee Bar. | Photo by @azaleacoffeebar

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For richer or pour over, Columbia’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.

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During a sales meeting, we decided to taste the iced carrot cake latte with oatmilk and highly recommend it. | Photo by COLAtoday team

Specialty drinks

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.

Indah Coffee, Cottontown | If you haven’t already, check out Indah’s spring drink menu and stay up to date on its seasonal coffee offerings.

Piecewise Coffee Co., Cayce + Devine District| Try Piecewise Coffee Co.’s spring sips. Try this: Carrot Cake Latte — made with walnuts, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, and carrot juice.

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You’ll love the coffee and bites available at Drip Coffee in Five Points. | Photo by Drip Coffee

Roasts to boast

Drip Coffee, Five Points District | Drip Coffee has been a staple of Columbia coffee for years and recently updated its wifi and was bought by Akera Sellers — the owner of Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

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.

Loveland Coffee

In a rush? Don’t forget about Loveland’s other location which serves as a drive-thru kiosk on St. Andrews Road. | Photo by Loveland Coffee

Loveland Coffee, Irmo | Established as a drive-thru kiosk in 2012, Loveland Coffee expanded to include a café and roastery in Irmo in 2020, serving fair trade organic coffee and providing a hub for community engagement.

Best bites

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.

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The inside of smallSUGAR | Photo by @smallsugarsc

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, dubbed 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.

On-the-go joe

7Brew, Forest Drive area | Offering over 20,000 unique drink combinations, this drive-thru coffee shop serves up coffee, energy drinks, smoothies, teas, and more.

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.

Nibl Dessert & Cafe, Main Street | Located in MOA Korean BBQ & Bar, Nibl offers ethically sourced specialty drinks (like a Shakerato — a double shot espresso with sugar, iced and shaken) and desserts, made fresh daily.

Scooter’s, Various locations | New to town, the 700-sqft Scooter’s drive-thru just opened in northeast Columbia. More locations are to follow.

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Tent Coffee recently opened in Lexington County next to the Mill Pond. | Photo by COLAtoday team

Plenty of outlets and internet connection

Knowledge Perk, BullStreet District | Knowledge Perk recently opened in the W.B. Smith Whaley House. Recap the project, and go to the large coffee shop and see it for yourself.

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.

The Tent Coffee Shop, Lexington County | We stopped by the recently-opened Tent Coffee Shop. It currently serves coffee, smoothies, and light-prepared food items with plans to expand its menu soon. Fun fact: it sources its beans from local Lake Murray Coffee Roasters.


The Hideout in WeCo + Palate are located across from Brookland on State St. | Photo by the COLAtoday team

Perfect for a date

Farmers Market Xchange, The Vista | Grab a cup of Joe and then browse breads, meats, cheeses, and more from Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pro tip: Hot lunches will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Friday. This is a good option to test the waters — you know, a reach for the bread at the same time moment.

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.

Oliver Gospel fall drinks

The Roastery will change its menu to feature seasonal sips. | Photo by @theroastery.olivergospel

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.

Bart’s Crazy Good Coffee, Chapin | Try This: Order your favorite coffee order as a milkshake. Shop its wholesale, decaf, and signature coffees.

Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co., West Columbia | Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee works closely with farmers to ensure freshness and you can browse through its blends and beans here.

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.

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