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Best cup of joe

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1) Dunkin Donuts

You say,  “I sound like such a sell out… But seriously,  I love Dunkin Donuts, they are the best. Their regular blend … It’s like utopia in a cup.”

2) Starbucks

3) Dancing Goats

4) Aurora Coffee

5) Octane Coffee Bar

aa club octane 1OUR PICKS

1) Octane Coffee Bar

We say, “With a new location just opened in Emory Village, the east side of Atlanta will get a taste of the beautifully brewed cups and rare, sustainably-sourced  beans that have made this spot a Westside favorite.”

2) Aurora Coffee

3) Dancing Goats

4) Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House

5) Caribou Coffee

445 comments Add your comment

Katie J

October 21st, 2009
5:51 pm

Batdorf and Bronson has the best coffee around. You can get it at a variety of places including their coffee shop in Decatur, Dancing Goat, Ria’s Bluebird and Start Provisions.


October 21st, 2009
6:19 pm

Southern Aroma Coffee Roasters have some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. I had there coffee at the Aluvian Hotel’s Reataurant and I’ve been hooked ever since. I was surprised to find out on their website that they started in Atl before locating to MS. They are usually found in high end places (like The Aluvian) but I wish they would open a local retail coffee shop. This stuff is special!!


October 21st, 2009
6:22 pm

Java Jive-on Ponce


October 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

Dancing Goats is good…but for a really good cup, try Hip Hop Hogs…if a darker blend is more to your liking, then try Tango Lemur……for a latte….it has to be Cha Cha Donkey.


October 21st, 2009
6:45 pm

Henri’s has awesome coffee! also West Egg Cafe! Dancing goats is horrible!


October 21st, 2009
7:32 pm

Solstice Cafe


October 21st, 2009
8:01 pm

#1 Dunkin Donuts #2 Original Pancake House


October 21st, 2009
8:21 pm

Living in Decatur, I have to say Dancing Goats, even though I’ve only been once (great parking, too, although you can’t drink the concrete). Duck’s Donuts are a nice extra. Urban Griounds in Avondale Estates would be second. I’ve done my share of Starbuck’s and QT because I’m a java junkie and they’re just too convienent. Gotta give SF Coffee a big thumbs down–went for a mocha (ok, not exactly espresso) and was told that all sizes have the same number of shots–one. Huh? Too bad because there’s one next to one of my favorite pet stoes–Highland Pet Supply. I really think DeKalb Farmer’s has the best beans.


October 21st, 2009
8:35 pm

Atlanta Coffee Roasters – Toco Hills – Hands down the Best!


October 21st, 2009
8:45 pm

Jittery Joe’s is the best, by far.

McDonald’s does have good coffee for a fast-food chain.

Starbucks is disgusting. How did it even get popular to begin with?


October 21st, 2009
9:35 pm

Octane Coffee (Westside & Emory) hands down! For so many reasons! Their brewed coffee (french press and chemex) and espresso tastes and looks amazing! Not only do they use a great roaster–Counter Culture–they also understand each coffee they brew and are consistent and super passionate about what they do. They also make their own caramel, chocolate, and vanilla sauce in house. Yum and no artificial flavors! They are also great at building community and providing a relaxed atmosphere, which to me, is just as important to the enjoyment of my morning cup.


October 21st, 2009
10:33 pm

Sounds low brow but I agree…Burger King has some great coffee


October 21st, 2009
11:22 pm

Missing my someone special and his Einstein’s..


October 22nd, 2009
12:43 am

Aurora – get their house blend it is excellent.


October 22nd, 2009
4:00 am

Sostice Cafe has yummy coffee


October 22nd, 2009
4:01 am

solstice cafe has yummy coffee

ATL emigrant to DC

October 22nd, 2009
11:56 am

Miss the coffeehouses in ATL (believe it or not, DC is just catching up in terms of non-Starbucks cafes). My votes go for:

Inman Perk (miss the old location with an actual patio, though)
Land of a Thousand Hills (even without the direct-trade angle some of the best coffee available)
Dr. Bombay’s in Candler Park (cool place even if the staff drama can be a bit…volatile)

But honestly, for pure great coffee, please do yourselves a favor and go to Athens. 1000 Faces Roasters has officially slapped to the floor Batdorf, Counter Culture and Jittery Joe’s. Go to 2 Cups (nevermind the clientele) and order a French press immediately.

Also, if you said Starbucks or QT, I invite you to promptly become An Hero. (look it up.) You are like people who troll beer discussions and post “LOL WUT I LIEK CORONA” because it’s never occurred to you that beer should be palatable without putting fruit in it.


October 23rd, 2009
10:07 am

Gathering Grounds in Kirkwood has the best lattes EVER!

Craven Moorehead

October 23rd, 2009
10:11 am

That’s funny…I only see one mention of Starbucks and yet I find a Starbucks on every corner???

Fed up

October 23rd, 2009
10:12 am

If you’re traveling outside Atlanta there is a beautiful quaint Coffee Shop in Greenville Ga. which is between Newnan and Warm Springs. The name is Foxxden Coffee Cafe and is right on the downtown square.


October 23rd, 2009
10:14 am

Dunkin Donuts. Had Starbucks one time… it literally brought tears to my eyes because it was so bad and I paid so much for it. Miss the Original Pancake House in Brookhaven.


October 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

I’ve had good coffee at some restaurants. Good, solid tasting, smooth and strong coffee with no bitterness. Most recent was at Atlanta Fish Market. Wonder where restaurants get their beans and how they brew it. I could have sat there and had cup after cup.


October 23rd, 2009
10:28 am

Nuthin betta than several free cups of (un-washed filter) break room coffee!


October 23rd, 2009
10:32 am

For the price, QuikTrip !

( Yes, really. )


October 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

Atlanta Coffee Roasters, Toco Hills Shopping Center, N. Druid and LaVista Rds. Roasted on the premises by owner. I prefer Sumatra, but whatever you choose, you can’t buy it any fresher than here.


October 23rd, 2009
10:47 am


Buck Blalock

October 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

The Library in Brookhaven.


October 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Guess its not fashionable these days to admit you’re a Starbuck’s fan – but I am. I also think Caribou brews a great cup of java.


October 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

Chick-fil-a coffee is always pretty good.


October 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

octane by far has the best espresso in town. i fly in from california on business and one of my stops is always octane.

Boneyard Randy

October 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Octane westside.

Susan Miller

October 23rd, 2009
12:05 pm

Get Coffee—THE best kept secret in old town Chamblee. Best coffee anywhere AND the friendliest staff :)


October 23rd, 2009
12:20 pm

Mighty Joe in Tucker, locally owned and operated) in shopping center on Hugh Howell! Nothing to compare in the area, certainly not StarBurps (which, typical of its apparently predatory biz practices, moved in the neighborhood AFTER the litttle guy took the risk and demonstrated viability.) Great, fresh coffee and neighborly, family-friendly environment and always cheerful hostess/manager to boot! As a Boston-bred guy, I understand the Dunkin Donuts votes but c’mon, it’s pretty good but not up there with the “best” candidates.


October 23rd, 2009
12:27 pm

Starbucks, of course

E's husband

October 23rd, 2009
12:43 pm

My wife already commented, but my #1 favorite is the same as hers – Dancing Goats (or anywhere that brews that blend). I also love Octane and Aurora.

A good option many people dont know about is Get Coffee in Chamblee. I use that MARTA station on occasion and the coffee is very good, priced well and the people are very friendly.

For chains, Dunkin Donuts is superb. Not as much variety in the flavor but really, really good coffee.

If we don’t have Batendorf beans, we will brew with DD beans at home and it is great.

4 Real

October 23rd, 2009
12:49 pm

Anywhere that serves Douwe Egbert. Best dang coffee EVER!

4 Real

October 23rd, 2009
12:50 pm

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Sunny Johnson

October 23rd, 2009
12:57 pm

I love Duncan Nuts but Micky D’san be good also!

Rick & Vick

October 23rd, 2009
1:13 pm

I grind & perk my own in the kitchen.. It’s the best & not expensive (like overratesd Statbucks)


October 23rd, 2009
1:20 pm

Dunkin Donuts!!

Best Coffee

October 23rd, 2009
1:21 pm

Dunkin Donuts best coffee in town.

peachy clean

October 23rd, 2009
1:37 pm



October 23rd, 2009
1:51 pm

Java Vino in Poncey Highlands


October 23rd, 2009
1:55 pm

Bosnian (turkish) coffee fixed by my wife. :-)


October 23rd, 2009
3:03 pm

All these mentions of QT made me want to try it since I never have. I had the Mighty Mocha and it was delicious! I then thought I’d give RaceTrac a try and tried their similar mocha drink and it was good, too! Good price as well! I admit, too–that I’ve never liked just straight black coffee. Even at work I’ll sometimes mix coffee and hot chocolate for a makeshift mocha..hey that’s a good name–Makeshift Mocha!


October 23rd, 2009
4:10 pm

Hunkey Dorey Sandwich Shoppe on Poplar in Downtown Atlanta!!! Sweetest people, good food and GREAT coffee!

gina f

October 23rd, 2009
8:10 pm

3 words…IT’S A GRIND in Fayetteville. Best choice is Honduras…medium roast…freshly brewed…Deeeeeelicious!

Mike Gerard

October 24th, 2009
8:22 am

To all you coffee snobs, you have to try McDonald’s . Their new McCafe is wonderful and the price is right!


October 24th, 2009
10:36 am

Inman Perk-all the way!!

GB Sumner

October 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

Get Coffee in Chamblee is our favorite. The beans are roasted down the street and the best espresso in town. And the owner and staff are great too!