July 11, 2012
I’m living in Mansfield, Ohio for the summer—I grew up here and it’s really been nice to be back home for a short time before we ship off to Italy. While I was gone, Mansfield upgraded significantly when its first specialty coffee shop was opened downtown near the historic Carousel District. I’ve frequented the shop this summer, and they’re doing some great things in the community—truly leading an arts and culture revolution in this town.
I’ve written about Relax, It’s Just Coffee in the past, but lately, I’ve gotten to know some of the baristas. Relax boasts talented baristas Cody Nicolas and Jon Critcher. Cody is a musician who studied at Berklee College of Music and worked at a shop in Boston while in school. His band, the La De Les, recently got off tour and are in the beginning stages of writing a new album. Their recent album “Carlo” is well-worth a listen. Jon, who recently returned for the summer on a break from school, is good friends with Colin Moody—both work at Intelligentsia’s Millenium Park location. Jon does video projects in his spare time and collects incredible vintage lighters. Any shop would be lucky to have these guys on staff.
Combined with an awesome crew and a historic set-up, Relax is a shop full of talent and innovation in a town that needed a good dose of it. It has become a central place for creatives, artists, thinkers, and groups to gather together to share their work and enjoy great coffee.
Stauf’s carries Columbus, OH coffee roaster “Stauf’s,” and has recently had Intelligentsia on as a guest roaster. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing even more roasters cycle through. We’ll see!
Many thanks to everyone at Relax—keep up the awesome work, and thanks for proving that sex sells.
Proof That Sex Sells from Jonathan Critcher on Vimeo.
January 11, 2012
Stauf’s Moka Java in a V60 Pourover. Quite tasty… not as flavorful after having an Aeropress of Kuma’s Panama Elida, but still a good cup of coffee.
December 22, 2011
Columbus, Ohio is a great city for people of all types. With a thriving art scene, a healthy arena district that pulls in top-notch shows, and suburbs full of their own unique personalities, it can compete with the best of small-market cities.
One of the things that really helps make Columbus “pop” is its coffee scene. There are some great local shops and roasters in town with plenty of diversity to satiate any coffee-related craving you could have.
For me, one of them stands above the rest: Stauf’s.
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in Grandview Heights is my first love. It’s where every bit of love and appreciation I have for coffee started. They do a little bit of everything here: single cup brewing, specialty drinks, teas, sandwiches, desserts, and it doesn’t hurt that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is right next door. They roast their own coffee, and have been doing so for over 20 years – before coffee shops became as trendy as they are now. So, as far as quality and technique go, its hard to top Stauf’s.
Stauf’s is comprised of a two-sided shop: the left side houses the bar where you can order food and spcialty drinks, while the right side holds most of their beans and equipment. There are barrels and barrels of fresh roasted beans and the walls are lined with top notch brewing equipment, filters, mugs, and plenty of other accessories. If you really love coffee, make sure you get a cup of coffee (pick from any barrel) made in the Clover brewer.
The clover takes everything we love about full-immersion and vacuum brewing (french press, vacuum pot) and combines them. The final result is an amazing cup of coffee that you won’t soon forget. Some have called the Clover the best coffee invention since the Espresso machine. Starbucks caught wind of the machine a few years ago and snatched up all the rights to the machine and absorbed the company who produced the machine. Not many shops are lucky enough to have a Clover machine because of this.
All in all, Stauf’s is a quality shop that sources good coffee and roasts to perfection. Now that they’ve grown a bit and have started doing wholesale for other shops, they do most of their roasting across town – but if you can get yourself there on a Saturday morning, you might get lucky and catch Stauf’s founder roasting in the old gas-fired drum roaster.
Even though Stauf’s is a little out of the way from the typical Columbus hot spots, it’s worth the trip.
Be sure to follow Stauf’s on twitter (@staufs).