As a coffee lover, I know that there are many excellent places in Columbus to find great coffee. Fortunately for us, there are also many other fantastic roasters outside of Cbus who are making their way inside the city limits to find further success, and to share their craft with us.
Boston Stoker is a Dayton-based roaster who has taken their place respectively alongside some of the best roasters in the city. They emerged on to the Columbus coffee scene about three years ago, operating from a small counter inside the lobby of a bank near OSU’s campus. Just a couple of months ago, however, they moved their operation to a roomier space further down Neil Ave. They’re now in the Thurber Village shopping plaza in Victorian Village, nestled among other shops between a CVS and a Giant Eagle. I visited them once while they operated out of their old location, and really enjoyed the coffee, so when I found out last year that they were relocating, I was excited to see them branching out in an effort to broaden their customer base.
The new space is much roomier and is easily accessible. Columbus’ Boston Stoker shop now has a much more traditional coffeehouse feel that was sort of lacking a bit at their old spot.
The store is bright and cheery, and looks like a place where you’d want to settle in with a book or your laptop. On the morning I visited, I found several folks doing just that, while enjoying their freshly roasted brew. The shop features several small tables, a counter with stools that stretches across the front window, and a comfy lounge area with a sofa, coffee table, and a few chairs.
I especially loved this vintage Boston Stoker sign that came from one of their original stores from the early 1970’s. In those days, they sold pipe and tobacco products along with their coffees and teas. In fact, I’ve heard that they still offer quite the cigar assortment at some of their Dayton stores!! Really great stuff!!
I got to talk a bit with the store’s manager, Erik Fenstermacher, on my recent visit, and he’s pretty excited about the new space, and the potential it brings. Erik told me that he’s seen a steady number of his campus-area regulars continuing to make the short trek to the new spot, but business has also increased among newer patrons as well. He attributes it to the much better parking situation at the new store, the addition of some incredible baked goods from local bakeries that are now available at the shop, and their constant effort to provide the highest quality, direct trade coffee available.
The coffee at Boston Stoker is pretty straight forward. They serve the standard espresso, lattes, cappuccino, and mochas, as well as French Press and pour-overs at the brew bar.
On my visit, I opted for a Kenyan Jungle Estate pour-over ($3.00) at the recommendation of the barista. It was certainly an excellent coffee, with bright, clean flavors and a pleasant aroma.
Boston Stoker’s presentation was memorable as well. My drink was displayed on a wooden plank tray, with a stirring spoon, a branded mug, and a small carafe so that I could pour myself a second cup.
As I mentioned before, Boston Stoker has really extended their selection of baked goods since relocating. They’ve partnered with several local bakeries in order to offer a wider range of snack and light meal options. They now offer croissants, scones and pastries from The Angry Baker, cookies and muffins from Pattycake Bakery, fresh-baked bagels from Sammy’s Bagels, and toast from Dan the Baker. Some of this stuff looked so delicious, but I promised my wife I wouldn’t cheat on my diet while I was here, so I stuck with coffee. Next time!! 🙂
Luckily for you, Boston Stoker also sells their deliciously-roasted beans by the pound to take home. They also offer a section in their store that is stocked with home brewing supplies, t-shirts, mugs, snacks, and more. Being the slightly-obsessive collector of coffee mugs that I am, the Boston Stoker mug is on my “to buy” list, along with a bag or two of fresh beans, upon my next visit.
If you haven’t visited Boston Stoker yet, please consider trying them upon your next craving for caffeine. As I said at the beginning of this post, I understand that there are many, many options for coffee in Central Ohio, and I, for one, am thankful for that. I look forward to continuing my exploration and engagement of the incredible coffee scene in our city as I frequent my favorite shops, and I’ll be adding Boston Stoker into my regular rotation.
So should you.
Boston Stoker Coffee is located at 771 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Thursday, 7:00am – 9:00pm, Friday 7:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 10:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm. You can find more info on their website, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.