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3 months ago
Proving Ground Cafe is a wonderful coffee shop! My experience occurred on a Saturday morning trying to buy for three different people. The waitress was very friendly and helpful giving suggestions on flavors. I bought a honey lavender drink, cappuccino, and regular coffee. Mine was the coffee-fresh, hot, and delicious. The two others I bought for said the same. I didn't order food but saw the meals others ordered. They looked appetizing with large portions. I will be back for a meal. Proving Ground Cafe is a great asset to Columbia. This is my new go to for a high quality cup of coffee!
- David H
2 months ago
The food and the drinks were amazing. $5 Bloody Mary with a slice of bacon! The nitro cold brew was very tasty. Would have liked a larger amount for the price. The food was very delicious and the potatoes were mixed with sweet potatoes.
- Tobias D
2 months ago
Proving Ground has a nice chilled out atmosphere. They have a nice selection of of different types of drinks, sweets, and food. The food is really good. The coffee's and teas are great. They have in house seasonal flavors that they make for coffee. They also try to source from locally owned businesses. The staff is very knowledgeable and kind. Overall I had a really good experience.
- Nathan R

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180 Columbia Center
Columbia, IL 62236

Business Hours

Mon:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wed:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thu:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fri:6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sat:7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sun:7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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