3 Coffee Shops to Try in West Columbia


If you feel like you are your family’s unpaid Uber driver, I can empathize. Being the parent with a more flexible work schedule, I’m often on the road transporting my loved ones from morning to night. It can be exhausting. But one thing I look forward to throughout my day are my coffee breaks. I’ve been trekking through West Columbia lately so let me share some of my favorite spots.

1. Koffee Koala

I just recently discovered Koffee Koala and am so happy I did. This is now my go-to morning coffee spot! Koffee Koala is a newer drive-thru only coffee place, but they also offer a variety of breakfast options. Every drink I’ve had from them is delicious. Koffee Koala is conveniently located by I-26 and I-77, so it’s easy to get to. 

Address: Koffee Koala is located at 3022 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia

My favorite drink: Hot chocolate caramel mocha with whipped cream

Bonus: You can also order ahead of time online if you are running short on time. 

2. The Human Bean

In the afternoon, for an afternoon pick-me-up, I swing by The Human Bean in South Congaree. This is another drive-thru only coffee spot. The staff is always friendly and love to give drink recommendations.

Address: The Human Bean is located at 669 Main St, South Congaree

My favorite drink: Hot Irish Cream Breve

Bonus: Every drink comes with a yummy chocolate covered espresso bean on top for an extra bit-sized caffeine boost!

3. Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

Of course, being a mom, my day doesn’t end at 5 p.m. After dropping my daughter off at her evening activities, I like to swing by Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co. They are carryout and dine-in, which gives me a chance to just slow down and enjoy my drink. And that’s perfect because every drink is a blissful combination of premium quality ingredients, and various barista techniques from around the world!

Address: Brickhouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co. is located at 725 Meeting St, West Columbia

My favorite drink: Iced white chocolate raspberry latte 

Bonus: If too much caffeine in the evening is an issue, try their Iced Matcha Lavender Latte.

What’s your favorite coffee spot in West Columbia?

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Caitlyn is a Columbia native and a graduate of Richland County School District One. After high school she built a career as a nationally certified optician and contact lens technician. Caitlyn studied Mandarin Chinese as a part of a Christian Outreach Program which gave her the opportunity to complete missionary trips to San Francisco, New York, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belize. The birth of her daughter in the Spring of 2020 inspired her to pursue her dream career of becoming a published author. Her daily struggles as a new mother with a chronic illness in the midst of a pandemic lead to the creation of her children’s book Some Days at the beginning of 2021. She then launched her own publishing company Artist Madrid Books with the goal to help other local aspiring authors accomplish their publishing goals. She loves spending time in nature with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. When not busy navigating motherhood, being a small business owner, entrepreneur, and student, she enjoys exploring her creative talents.


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