While I’m a huge fan (and loyal customer) of Starbucks, Caribou, and Dunkin' Donuts coffee, I’m also a big believer in the coffee shop experience. Of course there are days when we are in dire need of caffeine, are in a rush and take advantage of the drive-thru, or just want a little pick-me-up (maybe in the form of a frappucino), and heck, even some of us turn on the Keurig before we are fully conscious in the morning! But there is so much more to a cup of coffee than that! Even so, Atlanta is home to not only some great tasting coffee but also charming, cozy, and trendy coffee shops. So next time you’re tempted to make yourself a cup of coffee at home on a Saturday morning, grab your iPad (or a book if you’re old school like me), hop in the car, and enjoy some time and a cup of joe at one of these delightful cafes.
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar: Having locations in both Decatur and Ponce City Market, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters presents to you single origin coffee made with their manual brew bar. Their Dancing Goats Original Blend is a crowd favorite with its light hint of spice and should go on every coffee connoisseur's must list. I promise you will want this shipped to your house by the pound if you ever move out of town.
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House: Located in Historic Roswell (and coincidentally on top of a really steep little hill), if you’re not a coffee drinker, this local company’s story will make you one. Partnering with Rwandan farmers, founder Jonathan Golden aims to restore and reconcile their community post-genocide by providing a tangible way to help them earn a Living Wage. So yes, you can both enjoy a cup of coffee and play a small role in the lives of many Rwandans (what could be better?)
Octane: They’re not lying when they say, “We’re bringing neighborhoods together.” My friends and I will drive from Marietta and Johns Creek to sit down and catch up over a cup of coffee at their Westside, Grant Park, or Buckhead Location. Not only is this place aesthetically pleasing, but you’re most likely going to rebuild your wardrobe after experiencing the hipster hotspot. If you don’t have time for an experience, you can mobile order with their “Skip the Line” and you coffee will be ready as soon as you arrive.
West Egg Cafe: Although this popular Westside brunch spot is known for its Fried Green Tomato Wrap, Garlic Grits, and Banana Bread French Toast, the best part about the meal is on a tiny little espresso menu. And yes, you could buy an appetizer for the price of one of these specialty coffee’s, but just one sip is totally worth it. Their Salted Caramel Latte, Cappuccino, and Chai Tea Latte are very hard to beat.
Chattahoochee Coffee Company: If you're a morning coffee on the back porch drinker and you haven't experienced Chattahoochee Coffee Company, you are missing out! Sip a hot cup of coffee while reading, studying, talking, and enjoying Georgia's beautiful outdoors, all while supporting endangered communities around the world.
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