Roosevelt Coffeehouse is now open downtown

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse officially opened its doors on Wednesday, April 1 at 300 E. Long St. The coffee shop is billed as serving coffee with a purpose, with a portion of profits and tips dedicated to supporting causes that fight human trafficking, poverty and lack of clean drinking water.

The large, open space is filled with tables and a coffee bar covered with reclaimed bowling-alley wood. The shop uses a Modbar system; a majority of the espresso machine built beneath the counter, leaving a couple espresso "taps" on top. Owner Kenny Sipes said this is deliberate, to encourage more barista-to-customer interaction.

The coffee house uses beans from Portland's Stumpton and from local One Line Coffee, with V60 pour-overs, Chemex and French press fronting the menu. Also available are espresso drinks, tea, Vietnamese coffee, cold brew and hot chocolate.

Snacks include Askinosie chocolates, plus Earnest Eats granola bars and oatmeal. Destination Donuts provides a sampling of their wares; owner Heather Morris crafted a special Roosevelt Donut just for the shop, topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar streusel and her dueling vanilla glaze.

The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.