During my 2 weeks back home in Tennessee this winter break, I decided to take a one day trip to Atlanta and try out their top coffee shops listed online. Even though I strongly discourage anyone from having more than 3 shots of espresso in one setting, I did go to all the following 5 coffee shops that one morning… (*Sorry I forgot to make notes of the type of coffee beans I tried, but those are the exact notes I wrote down as I was trying them)
Location: Kirkwood Area. 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE R106, Atlanta, GA 30317
Casual, comfy, great for morning grabs, hangout with friends or studying/working alone .
Espresso: Counter Culture beans. Full body, fruity. Bitterness is slightly too strong to my taste but it has a strong, colorful and fairly balanced taste over all.
Pour Over: Couter Culture beans + Kalita Wave. (they do pour over Scales which is awesome). Good acidity, tender aroma, nice texture and great floral taste note. Also, super cute presentation.
2. Condesa Coffee:
Location: Old Fourth Ward Area. 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE #100, Atlanta, GA 30312
Modern, simple, bar+coffee. Great for morning grabs, small brunch, small group hangouts, studying/working alone.
Espresso: Counter Culture beans. Very good cup. Full body, very fruity. Nice crema. balanced, flavorful taste.
Pour Over: Counter Culture beans+Kalita Wave. High clarity. Pretty(?), floral aroma. Lemon grass taste note. Low acidity. Tea like. Overall a light, balanced cup.
3. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar:
Location: Ponce City Market Area. 650 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Super cool atmosphere. Open Space, small inside waterfall, Cute outside sitting. Great for hangouts or chill.
Aeropress, Chemex, V60, Kalita wave. They have it all. Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters provides their famous Dancing Goats Blend.
Espresso: Dancing Goats Blend. full body, great fruitiness. However, it’s served alone, without sparkling water.
4. Octane Coffee Company:
Location: West side. 437 Memorial Drive A5, Atlanta, GA 30312
Bar+coffee. Great for take outs. group projects. Slightly crowded.
Drip coffee or espresso drinks.
Espresso: strong and flavorful. But slightly unbalanced.
5. Corso Coffee:
Location: Buckhead Area. 3065 Peachtree Rd NE #210, Atlanta, GA 30305
Old diner style coffee shop.
Less specialty coffee trend but great for brunch or simple lunch. Outside sitting available.
Near big malls and buckhead theater.
Many Atlanta coffee shops uses the combination of Counter Culture Beans + Kalita Wave. Counter Culture coffees are usually widely favored and very well roasted and Kalita wave is my favorite pour over method. It has a flat bottom and 3 dripping holes which helps with even extraction while brewing. If brewed right, it gives a balanced cup with medium light body and clarity. So it’s not surprising these coffee shops have such great success in making pour overs with this great combination:)
Counter Culture Coffee Website: https://counterculturecoffee.com/