Celebrate National Coffee Day with these five specialty drinks in Columbia

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Some people ascribe to the philosophy that every day is National Coffee Day. Still, Wednesday’s holiday offers a chance to celebrate by trying something new.

There are as many different ways to take your coffee in Columbia as coffee drinkers. Among the possibilities at numerous coffeehouses, diners and restaurants, here are five venues and five unique methods of marrying caffeine and good taste.

Coffee Zone: Rocket fuel

If you’re in the mood for drip coffee but need it to carry a little extra charge, Coffee Zone’s “locally famous” Rocket Fuel is a robust and tasty blend that will have you moving with purpose — and might just have you seeing in technicolor and hearing in surround sound.

Fretboard Coffee: Maple Brown Sugar Latte

Just in time to meet your fall feelings, the North Village coffee shop announced its latest seasonal specialty drink. The latte possesses a “sweet and buttery breakfast vibe,” according to a Facebook post; and while it can be ordered iced or hot, Fretboard promises it is “richer when ordered hot.”

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The Grind: Adult chocolate milk

On the basis of its name alone, this offering from The Grind might sound like a different sort of adult beverage. Not quite (more on those in a moment). Instead, this drink classes up a childhood favorite, combining 42-hour cold brew with milk and two kinds of mocha. It should satisfy the inner kid while providing the kick grownups need.

Lakota: Coffee cocktails

At its south location on Green Meadows Way, the stalwart Columbia coffee shop offers a variety of drinks blending alcohol with coffee, cider or tea. Some of the more promising options currently on the menu include the Black and Gold Iced Coffee (iced coffee with chocolate, caramel, milk and Jack Daniel’s whiskey). If you crave something hotter as the weather changes, a traditional Irish coffee or a Rumchata and Hot Coffee (rumchata, rum and coffee finished with whipped cream and cinnamon) might hit the spot. 

Shortwave Coffee: Cortado or macchiato

This downtown spot knows when to go small and serves up these modest but mighty traditional drinks. The cortado joins approximately equal measures of espresso and milk, while a macchiato adds just a bit of milk — typically on the foamier end of the scale — to espresso. Each drink highlights the flavor of its base, treating the milk like an accent note. 

Celebrate with a shot of pop culture

You can also celebrate the day with coffee-themed pop culture. Watch FBI Agent Dale Cooper enjoy a “damn fine cup of coffee” by streaming “Twin Peaks” via Hulu or enjoy Jim Jarmusch’s cafe vignettes via the 2003 film “Coffee and Cigarettes,” with a cast that includes Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop and the White Stripes. 

Earlier this year, the coffee publication Sprudge released a playlist of coffee-inspired songs. Among our favorites: “Coffee and TV” by Blur and “Black Coffee in Bed” by Squeeze (with iconic backing vocals by Elvis Costello).

You can also get a free cup of coffee at Scooter’s using the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app at participating locations.

What well-kept secret or favorite drink are we missing? Tweet @columbiatribune and let us know. 

Aarik Danielsen is the features and culture editor for the Tribune. Contact him at [email protected] or by calling 573-815-1731.