72 Coffee Company
72coffeeco.com. A mobile espresso bar — drop them a line when you’re in need of coffee for an event or meeting, or check them out at local markets.
Blue Flour Bakery
blueflour.com. Downtown: 1210 Main St., 803-764-3982. Tasty coffee, avocado toast (and other lunch items), sweet treats and plenty of space to chat or study.
Catitude Cat Café
catitudecatcafe.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 118 State St., 803-638-4669. The real draw here is, of course, the cats. But there’s coffee, too.
Cool Beans and College Grounds Cafe
coolbeanscoffeecompany.net. USC/South Main: 1217 College St., 803-779-4277. These two connected businesses — one’s a coffeehouse, one a deli — both serve fantastic, easy fare, with plenty of cozy places to sit with your laptop or a chess board.
Curiosity Coffee Bar
Downtown: 2327 Main St., 803-357-2889. This Elmwood Park coffee spot is a good place to grab a quick early-morning gulp or chill at the outdoor tables with your dog and/or friends. A cozy stage means frequent events.
dripcolumbia.com. Downtown: 1441 Main St., 803-799-0067. Five Points: 729 Saluda Ave., 803-661-9545. Specializing in the pourover — a method that’s said to produce the clearest-tasting, most perfect coffee around — this coffee shop also sells wine, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches that perfectly combine sweet and salty.
The Haven Coffee House
thehavencoffeehouse.com. Lexington: 121 E. Main St., 803-356-1402. Downtown Lexington has a hangout. Serves tasty breakfast and lunch, desserts.
immaculate-consumption.com. USC/South Main: 933 Main St., 803-799-9053. A cult favorite, this coffee shop is a cozy little haven near USC and the State House — and the food is great.
Indah Coffee Co.
indahcoffee.com. Downtown: 2238 Sumter St., 803-708-0275; and 1332 Main St. Cozy, airy Cottontown spot is a great place for a quick meeting, board game or quiet contemplation. Coffee roasted in house; tasty treats, too. Satellite location is inside Main Street’s Arcade Mall.
The Local Buzz
Shandon/Rosewood: 141 S. Shandon St., 803-602-5166. This Rosewood Drive joint is no place for coffee snobs — it serves the community, with a family-friendly vibe plus sandwiches, avocado toast, salads, tasty sweets, locally roasted Turtle Creek Coffee, and beer and wine.
lovelandcoffee.com. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 803-466-7168. Tasty local coffee, served up in a variety of ways, from lattes to drip coffee to the famous cold brewed coffee concentrate.