Lakota Coffee Co. is brewing something special to celebrate its 26th birthday.

After over two decades, Columbia’s original coffee shop is expanding. Lakota will open a third café location off of Green Meadows Road this winter. The local roaster currently has locations downtown and in University Hospital.

Lakota set its sights on south Columbia because of the lack of local coffee in that area. Aside from The Grind, chain coffee shops are the only choices on the south side. Lakota wanted to add to that selection.

“Just being able to serve Columbia with the freshest coffee possible means a lot to us,” says Andrew DuCharme, Lakota general manager and part owner. “And now that we’ll have a drive-through, we’ll just be adding convenience to that.”

In addition to a drive-through for grab-and-go access, the new Lakota south location will feature ample patio seating, where guests can sip and dine on expanded menu offerings.

Although nothing about the new food menu is final, DuCharme says hearty breakfast options, like egg and cheese biscuits with either sausage or bacon, are on the horizon along with a bigger salad menu and Lakota’s usual sandwich selection.

In addition to its locally roasted coffee and fresh eats, the new Lakota south location will feature a selection of high-end wines and local Missouri beers. A small array of coffee cocktails will round out the offerings.

“There’s a lot of people that go out, and one person wants a coffee, another wants tea and someone wants a glass of wine,” DuCharme says. “We’re excited to provide an outlet that serves drinks of all types and dessert.”

Lakota Coffee opened in downtown Columbia in 1992. For the past 26 years, the local roaster has focused on bringing its coffee to the people, whether that’s selling coffee beans in local grocery stores or opening a café in University Hospital. Today, Lakota roasts around 2,500 pounds of coffee a week to fulfill its café, wholesale and retail needs.

DuCharme says Columbia’s support of Lakota doesn’t go unnoticed.

“They’re the ones who have kept us around for 26 years,” he says. “We’re excited for the next step and the next 26 years.”

Lakota Coffee Co., 3111 Green Meadows Way, Columbia, Missouri,

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