You might find yourself tired of the same old coffee chains, and if you’re looking for a truly great cup of joe, you will want a locally roasted product. Check out the spots we have listed below that offer a mix of cafes and pure roasters. You may find yourself so hooked that you’ll be preparing your own pour-over drinks at home on the weekends.
437 Memorial Drive, Suite A5
Atlanta, GA 30312
Octane Coffee has three locations around town and regularly tops all of the best of lists in Atlanta for coffee shop ambiance. It roasts its own coffee on site and offer pour-overs and other specialties for true coffee fanatics. It’s also a great place for people watching as it attracts a young and fun crowd. Check its website for events like latte art competitions which are frequently held on site. The competitions are free to enter or to watch, and they are a great excuse to get your friends together for an evening out.
4058 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
Another great spot for locally roasted coffee is Sugar Shack, located in the trendy Brookhaven neighborhood. The area is convenient for shopping, restaurants, movies and theater at nearby Oglethorpe University. Of course, its off-diet yummy desserts are the real star of the show, but locals also praise the coffee. It’s a great quick pick-me-up.
Atlanta Coffee Roasters
2205-F Lavista Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Atlanta Coffee Roasters is in an unimpressive strip mall, but it is worth the trip for the locally roasted coffee. This spot focuses on importing high-quality green coffee and then handles the roasting in order to maintain control of the quality of the end product. The atmosphere is not as cool or hip as Octane, but the coffee is incredibly tasty. Get some to go and have your own treat at home, too.
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Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
650 N. Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Batdorf & Bronson is not a coffee house, it is an actual roastery located in Atlanta. This spot offer tours of the facility and educational classes where you can learn about the beans you’re about to take home. Batdorf & Bronson may even give you a cappuccino on the house if you’re lucky. Contact the roasters for details on tour times. You can also purchase this coffee at the Dancing Goats Cafe.
579 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Beanealogy is billed as Atlanta’s locally owned, sustainable micro-roaster. It has its own coffee farm in Nicaragua and sources its coffee from all over the world. Check out the website to learn about the variety of products available. Beanealogy calls its coffee “Dirty Nekkid Coffee” because it leaves in the natural sugar for a bigger, bolder taste.
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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “