Atlanta’s Coffee Scene Is Bustling. Here Are Four Shops You Shouldn’t Miss.
BY: Jewel Hazelton |Jul 31, 2014
Where can you find the perfect cup of coffee in Atlanta? Well, that all depends on how you define perfect. Octane, for example, is famous for its traditional french-pressed coffees, while Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Vinings makes a mean latte spiked with almond milk. Taking a look at these and other options, it’s clear that Atlanta’s coffee scene is bustling. Each location has something different to offer, but here are four shops you definitely shouldn’t miss. Octane Coffee | Multiple Locations Althought it was recently recognized as one of America’s coolest coffeehouses by Travel + Leisure, Octane has long been considered one of Atlanta’s premier artisan coffee shops. The coffee bar serves up traditional espresso drinks along with french-pressed, single-origin coffees flavored with housemade syrups. The best part? At night, the barista turns into a bartender, whipping up specialty cocktails instead of steamy drinks. The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar | Decatur and Midtown Looking for that neighborhood coffee shop that makes you feel right at home? Try Dancing Goats, located in Decatur and Midtown. The original location makes for a perfect stop along Decatur’s historic square, while the newer location in the soon-to-be-open Ponce City Market is positioned alongside the BeltLine Trail. Both spots specialize in locally roasted coffees from a nearby Atlanta roaster, Batdorf & Bronson. Chattahoochee Coffee Company | Vinings Located in Vinings, Chattahoochee Coffee Company ranks among Atlanta’s best-kept secrets. You might think you’re lost when you first walk up because the inconspicuous shop is tucked away inside an apartment complex. But don’t let that throw you off—the shop sits right on the Chattahoochee River, meaning every almond-milk latte or breakfast croissant comes with a scenic view of the river and its surroundings. Condesa Coffee | Old Fourth Ward A popular pit stop in the Old Fourth Ward, Condesa is one of Atlanta’s hippest espresso shops. The baristas here are passionate about making the best espressos and teas, and they’re always up to date on the latest trends in the coffee world. Their lattes and macchiatos mix steamed milk with Intelligentsia's Black Cat espresso, a blend of single-origin beans, and even classic cups of joe get special attention thanks to a manual pour-over method that reaps the best flavors possible. Still need a caffeine fix? Check out Groupon’s deals on coffee and treats in Atlanta.