In honor of International Coffee Day on September 29, we’re sharing our top 5 favorite coffee shops in Atlanta. From fair trade coffee beans to knowledgable baristas, there are several reasons to stop at many of Atlanta’s unique coffee shops. If you’re a coffee connoisseur planning a trip to Atlanta soon, or if you’re a local interested in checking out new shops, read on for our list of the 5 best coffee shops in and around Atlanta.
What’s better than good coffee? Good coffee that supports a good cause of course! Land of a Thousand Hills brews some the best coffee in Atlanta with fair trade, sustainably-sourced coffee speciality beans. Their unique Collaborative Trade model places an emphasis better-than-fair-trade prices in order to support the advancement of small farmers and coffee-growing communities around the world.
COURTESY OF LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS
Would you rather support businesses that benefit small family farmers or those that support large corporations on Wall Street? Land of a Thousand Hills is committed to using profits to support underprivileged communities throughout the world by providing living wages, healthcare, education, clean water, and other resources to farmers with whom they’ve cultivated personal relationships.
Specialty coffee only accounts for around 10 percent of the entire industry, and Land of a Thousand Hills is considered by coffee enthusiasts to be in the top 5 percent of speciality coffee brewers.
Want delicious speciality coffee delivered straight to your door each month? Land of a Thousand Hills offers subscription services starting at just $15 per month, so you can do good in the world and enjoy delicious daily brews from the comfort of your home.
We recommend the beautiful Atlantic Station location in the heart of one of the most stunning neighborhoods in Atlanta. The shop is located at the Purple 3 stairwell of the Atlantic Station parking garage. Parking is free for the first 2 hours in the garage and hourly meters are available on street level. Check out the wine and local craft beer menu while you’re there.
Whether you’re in the mood for a cafe latte or a cocktail, Octane is the place to go. With multiple locations throughout Atlanta, you’re never more than a few minutes away from one of the most unique coffee shops in the country. From local craft beers to unique concoctions created with unique elixirs, there’s always something delicious on the menu.
Octane’s entire menu is crafted using only sustainably-sourced coffee beans and ingredients that include the flavors you want without the added chemicals and junk you don’t. Plus, their cafes are all stocked with dairy purchased from nearby dairy farms.
Revelator is much more than a local cafe. The brand, which is headquartered in Atlanta, also operates coffee roasting locations that distribute speciality coffee throughout the world. With a menu that’s updated seasonally, you never have to worry about running out of menu items to try. The simple yet intentional menu is comprised of selections such as Petunias, a brew which features notes of fresh red cherry, toasted mixed nuts, and sweet cocoa, and Misfit, a full-bodied brew which features notes of butterscotch, praline, and toasted pecan.
Revelator has multiple locations in and around Atlanta, but we recommend the Grant Park location.
Revelator also offers a subscription service for coffee lovers who prefer to get their fix of speciality coffee delivered right to their door. Starting at just $20 per month, you can have the chance to try a variety of blends, including Wildcat, Petunia, and more. Corporate subscriptions and wholesale opportunities are also available.
In addition to all of the classics, Condesa Coffee’s menu features unique offerings you won’t see anywhere else, including the Rishi Masala Chai Latte, homemade granola, a Beet and Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and more.
Condesa is so popular with locals that it was awarded the coveted Atlanta Magazine Award for Best Coffee Shop in town.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery offers all the espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and cold brews your heart desires. Favorite options from the bakery include the paleo and flourless brownies, chocolate chip banana bread, Hodgepodge popovers, and biscuits and scones made in-house with seasonal flavors. If you’re looking for recommendations, we suggest the Bless Your Heart French vanilla latte made with Ghirardelli caramel or the Slap Yo Pappy cold brew concentrate made with Ghirardelli chocolate.
Hodgepodge is known for their unique in-house creations, such as the homemade lavender and blueberry syrups used in their Blueberry Lemonade and other delicious concoctions.
In addition to serving some of the best coffee in Atlanta, Hodgepodge is also known for its unique collection of handmade local items available for sale. From hand-poured candles to hand-knit scarves, you’ll find unique gifts and trinkets not available anywhere else in town. You’ll also find artwork created by local artists throughout the shop.