Food & Drink

The Best Craft Coffee Shops in Atlanta

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
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Revelator Coffee | Courtesy of Revelator Coffee

Great bars? Spectacular breweries? Sure, Atlanta has those on lockdown. But great coffee shops? Sorry, for that you’re gonna have to go to Seattle, Portland, or New York... psych! ATL has some seriously delicious cups of joe -- if you know where to look. Luckily we do, and have rounded up the best coffee shops in Atlanta just for you.

Taproom Coffee

Taproom Coffee & Beer

Kirkwood

The open, cheerful modern design is sleek and stunning without being pretentious, and the wares are just as special: the shop has a manual pour-over bar, where you can get 16oz servings of brewed-to-order coffee varieties. Even cooler, it recently unveiled its nitro Beerspresso, which is a nitro coffee-beer hybrid beverage that will blow your mind.

Cinnaholic

Edgewood

While this beloved national chain is renowned for its legendary gooey, sweet treats, Atlanta’s first Cinnaholic store is also gaining serious coffee cred, too. Using local Octane coffee beans helps, of course, but the deft baristas pull perfect espresso shots -- and excel at helping you pick the perfect drink to counteract the blissful sugar coma you’ll find yourself in. Oh, and the coffees and pastries are both available with vegan options, so you can comfortably take that vegan cutie here for a date.

Hodgepodge Coffee | Brook Bolen/Thrillist

Hodgepodge Coffee

East Atlanta

Turning a former auto garage into a coffee shop clearly wasn’t enough for the owners of Hodgepodge Coffee who, in addition to offering a great selection of fantastic Batdorf & Bronson coffee drinks and delicious eats, also have a wide variety of totally cool, unique stuff like legit local art (including prints and jewelry) and books for sale.

Land of a Thousand Hills

Land of a Thousand Hills

Atlantic Station

Until it opened shop in Atlantic Station, Land of a Thousand Hills was only known to ATL’s hardest coffee drinkers. These guys are local roasters who source their beans from Rwandan farmers to help alleviate poverty in the country. The industrial, light-filled space has multiple coffee options, as well as craft beers, wines, and small plates. The motto is “Drink Coffee, Do Good,” and this place makes it easy to follow these instructions.

Joe's

East Atlanta

This friendly neighborhood spot offers premium Intelligentsia coffee beans, which are used to fuel a slew of machines, including an impressive space-age espresso machine. If you need more proof this place rocks, peep the steady blend of millennials, business folks, and families consistently lining up for their caffeine fix. Oh, and there's iconic R. Land artwork decorating the place that's available for sale.

Spiller Park Coffee

Spiller Park

Old Fourth Ward

Atlanta has Empire State South chef and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson to thank for Ponce City Market’s only coffee shop. This kiosk cranks out coffees using local Intelligentsia beans with globally inspired flavors, the best of which is the coconut dipper, an exotic, deliciously unique drink reminiscent of Arabian rose candies. Be sure to check out the small-but-mighty menu, too -- the avocado toast is especially good.

Aurora Coffee

Little Five Points

The bagels? People claim they’re better than those in NYC. Indoor and outdoor seating? Also great. Brilliantly colorful and weird mural on the wall? Yep, great. The greatest thing though? The Brown Bear, an iced drink made with coffee from Atlanta’s Batdorf & Bronson roastery that's blended with silky chocolate milk.

Inman Perk

Inman Perk

Inman Park

On beautiful days, you’ll use this spot as a starting and ending point for a wonderful stroll along the Beltline. Inside, you’ll find ample seating, strong Intelligentsia coffee drinks, beer and wine, and great food in a warm and inviting environment that includes an intimate outdoor patio.

Press & Grind

Virginia-Highland

Taking up shop in the space formerly occupied by Aurora, Press & Grind is a coffee-lover’s haven. The novella-length menu brims with caffeinated options as well as eats for everyone -- paleo, vegan, pesca-pescatarian, carnivores, amoebas. While everything is delicious, you don’t want to miss the pecan latte. Made with fresh pecan milk (yes, pecan milk), this thick, rich brew is addictively good -- plus, it’ll give you the fuel you need to sail through the rest of your day, no matter how many meetings are on your calendar.

Octane Coffee

Octane Coffee

West Atlanta (& other locations)

The barista champs at Octane Coffee take an exacting approach to their coffee creations, sparing no gram when pulling espresso shots or brewing cold brew. The homemade caramel sauce and exquisite espresso in the caramel latte make it the drink to get -- unless you want something from the full bar, that is.

Chattahoochie Coffee Company

Chattanhoochee Coffee Company

Cumberland (& other locations)

This hidden gem is actually located inside a gated apartment complex, which makes getting there a bit tricky. Once inside this spacious shop, though, you’ll find an oasis that serves coffee drinks, teas, and desserts. Although the inside is relaxing and ambient, be sure to grab a seat on the deck and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the Chattahoochee River gurgling by.
 

Revelator Coffee Company

Home Park

Settled into the base of the Elan Westside apartments, this New Orleans-born chain is not only one of the most beautiful (and enormous!) coffee shops we’ve ever seen (it’s like an apothecary of coffee), it also has heavily caffeinated drinks to get you lit without the hangover. Standouts include the iced honey cinnamon latte and the standard Chemex drip -- both simple, solid, and slurpable -- especially when paired with a slice of tea cake or savory quiche.

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Brook Bolen drinks entirely too much coffee and generally only stops once she starts levitating. Find her: @brookbolen.

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1. Taproom Coffee & Beer 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE R106, Atlanta , GA 30317

Located in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood, this cafe/bar provides delicious brews of all kinds: coffee from partnering roaster Counter Culture Coffee and array of seasonal, craft beers from local breweries. Taproom also offers pastries from Ratio Bakeshop. Ample seating and plenty of outlets make it easy to get cozy in their spacious digs.

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2. Cinnaholic 1230 Caroline St NE Ste B110, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

Giving Cinnabon a run for its money with its award-winning, fresh baked cinnamon roll pastries and desserts, this West Coast mini-chain's first East Coast outpost in Edgewood doles out sinfully sweet confections and surprisingly strong coffee. Using Octane Coffee local beans, Cinnaholic's brews are seriously habit-forming; if the 30+ cinnamon roll topping bar's got you reeling, pair your pastry with cold brew for a savory contrast to your impending sugar coma.

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3. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse And Gallery 720 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Not only does Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery use locally-roasted, organic coffee beans from Batdorf & Bronson, but it also provides customers with a creative space to eat, drink, and be a hipster. Monthly, the cafe hosts an art show and performances by The Hodgepodge Hoi Polloi theatrical arts troupe. Live music and open-mic nights happen every other week. A full schedule can be found on their website.

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4. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee 232 19th St NW Ste 7100, Atlanta, GA 30363 (Home Park)

Sip gourmet single origin coffee and feed your conscious at this cozy, wood-accented Atlantic Station brew house. Land of A Thousand Hills sources their coffee exclusively from Rwandan farming communities, providing them with fare wages and the amenities needed to meet their basic needs, and you in turn with seriously delicious 100% Arabica bean brews. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, their Atlanta cafe space (they've also got outposts in Roswell, Cumming, and across Virginia) also serves craft beer and small plates.

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5. Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop 510 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

This roomy coffee shop in the heart of East Atlanta Village roasts up Intelligentsia coffee beans and attracts a pretty diverse crowd: young, old, hipster, and everything in between. Joe's friendly aesthetic has exposed brick walls and iconic R. Land artwork on the walls and ceiling, and an illustrated depiction of God probably judging you for getting a second slice of Oreo cheesecake. Totally worth it.

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6. Spiller Park Coffee Ponce City Market 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue Atlanta, Ga. 30308, Atlanta, GA (Old 4th Ward)

Batter up to this baseball themed coffee bar and counter service cafe located in the Ponce City Market. Greatest hits (ahem) include Chocolate and Coconut Sippers, Spiller Park's playful take on hot chocolate, and the potent Piccolo espresso latte brewed with a large caffeine to milk ratio sure to get you raring to go if you haven't yet made it to first base (sorry!). Donuts and sweet and savory toasts are also available.

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7. Aurora Coffee 468 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Aurora Coffee serves up piping hot cups of joe, made with beans from around the world: Central and South America (Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, etc) are all well represented here. If coffee isn't your thing, try a Bear: half iced coffee, half flavored milk. Make it a Grizzly with iced coffee concentrate (for those mornings when you "just can't").

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8. Inman Perk Coffee 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

The Inman Park coffee-torium offers a healthy dose of engaging artwork, decadent desserts, and quality cups of joe from Intelligentsia Coffee. The spacious set-up offers also ample seating and outlets aplenty, making it a solid study spot day or night (they're open until 11pm everyday). A limited but well-rounded beer and wine menu is also available.

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9. Press & Grind 992 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

This bustling Virginia Highland cafe and coffee emporium is a solid neighborhood one stop shop for your breakfast, lunch, and everything in between cravings. "Crack O'Dawn" options like fresh baked croissants from the bakery case, and heart breakfast sandwiches will keep you happy and satisfied till "Noon-ish" rolls around and Press & Grind's extensive selection of paninis and bistro salads come a'calling. Did we mention there's coffee? Go for a latte with house-made almond or cashew milk, or a maybe a pressed juice if coffee's not your thing.

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10. Octane Coffee 1009 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

This bespoke espresso bar and cocktail haunt's West Atlanta outpost (they've got locations across the ATL and Alabama, plus a forthcoming location in West Virginia) offers inventive takes on classics libations in a modern, brick-walled, loft-like space. Sharing a kitchen with Little Tart Bakery, they've also serve French inspired pastries and their assortment of bistro salads, small plates, and snacks.

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11. Chattahoochee Coffee Company 6640 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Somewhat off the beaten path (this cafe is nestled in an apartment building about 12 miles from Downtown Atlanta), Chattahoochee Coffee offers a welcome respite from its urban environs, pairing its wide variety of java with stunning riverfront views. The vibe of the cafe is warm and intimate with friendly service and spacious outdoor seating; kick back on the patio with one of their signature blended lattes (the Caramanilla vanilla and caramel mash-up is a choice option) for a relaxing afternoon indeed.

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12. Revelator Coffee Company 691 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

This Southern borne and bred bespoke roastery and coffee house offers hospitality and hot brews in an airy, loft-like locale in Home Park. Known for their pour-over drip coffees, brewed using their own eponymous brand of beans, and flavored drinks (pro tip: try the honey cinnamon latte), Revelator's also a chill spot to camp out for a few, thanks to their hip soundtrack, outdoor patio seating, and warm, friendly vibes.

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