Indah Coffee, which opened the doors to its first retail location a year ago in Columbia’s historic Cottontown neighborhood, has been named the best coffee in South Carolina.
The honor came in March from Food & Wine, when the popular magazine published an online article, “The Best Coffee in Every State – Plus at Least One Runner Up for Every Choice.” Indah took the title over runner-up shops in Greenville and Charleston. Indah “is doing great work for the local coffee cred,” the magazine said.
Among the criteria for the selection, Food & Wine looked for a roaster at or near the top of their craft, community engagement, innovation and customer experience. The magazine was seeking “a destination-worthy café, or an on-premises tasting lab, a business bringing something to the local conversation, beyond latte art skills and optimized-for-Instagram aesthetics. These shops ought to be places of welcome, places of warmth … In the end, it was mostly about the user
“We are honored to be chosen for this and humbled to be named with the other coffee talent our state has to offer,” said Stefanie Hauser, who founded the company with her husband Nick Hauser. Hauser, a Specialty Coffee Association of America certified roaster, is the lead roaster for the business and has been roasting for close to eight years. Indah’s concept from the beginning has been to create a beautiful experience for the customer, to communicate love for the craft of great coffee, and to offer high quality coffee products and beverages. The concept also aims to reflect warm, hospitality and to be an authentic community gathering place.