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redbeanbun Jun 20, 2011 06:57 PM

Does anyone have a source for good coffee beans in the ATL? Like the tea question, I could use a good local source instead of having it shipped from another city...

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    Franklin Smith RE: redbeanbun Jun 21, 2011 04:53 AM

    I typically get my beans at Dancing Goats in Decatur.

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      edwardspk RE: Franklin Smith Jun 22, 2011 08:29 AM

      +1 for Dancing Goats.

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        DeeCee RE: edwardspk Jun 28, 2011 09:10 AM

        Rev Coffee in Smyrna also sells Dancing Goats beans, if you are on the northside.

    2. ted RE: redbeanbun Jun 21, 2011 07:19 AM

      I drink a lot of coffee. I used to have a pretty steady Aurora habit. I traded that in for Costco to reduce my cost. The one in Dunwoody roasts their own beans, which is, I think, unique among their stores. I get the Sumatra, and they've gone to all organic beans within the past year or so. Unfortunately, the cost has gone up to ~$15/2.5lb from $9 over the same period. Still a pretty killer value compared to the local boutiques. The occasionally go through a run that isn't as good, but it's a really good full bodied coffee most of the time.

      1. abbyloving RE: redbeanbun Jun 22, 2011 12:02 PM

        I got my beans from the Dekalb Farmer's Market for years, but finally admitted to myself that they're just not as good as they used to be, plus the price has risen a bit. Went to Aurora last week, was really happy with the house blend.

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          redbeanbun RE: redbeanbun Jun 22, 2011 03:55 PM

          i've tried the Costco coffee and it's surprisingly good but i don't know if i can justify a costco membership since i don't have room for 'bulk' purchases.
          as for Dancing Goats, I've tried several of their coffees and i can safely say that it's the only time in my life i've thrown out coffee beans. i'm sure it's fine, but it just didn't work in our household. perhaps it warrants another try.

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            JHLI RE: redbeanbun Jul 10, 2011 10:53 AM

            "as for Dancing Goats, I've tried several of their coffees and i can safely say that it's the only time in my life i've thrown out coffee beans"

            There are a lot of different beans sold at Dancing Goats in Decatur. Try the Guatemala antiqua beans at Dancing Goats in Decatur or Star Provisons on Howell Mill Road. Expensive, but very good IMO.

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              redbeanbun RE: JHLI Jul 16, 2011 06:55 AM

              Thanks for the Dancing Goats suggestion. I don't remember which two beans i got last year but I'll check out the Guatemala. I also found a few Counter Culture and Intelligentsia bean choices at Fresh Market.

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                Reldan RE: redbeanbun Aug 11, 2011 10:41 PM

                The Guatemala is a good mellow coffee. I also don't think you could go wrong with the Dancing Goats blend or the Timbales blend, as they both come from straight-forward Central American beans and taste pretty much the way most people expect coffee to taste.

                It might have been that you picked up an African or Indonesian coffee before, which tend to have non-standard flavors that can be an acquired taste. I personally enjoy African coffees but think Indonesian coffees taste horrible. Having been to the roaster though, the guys there are using some very quality equipment, buy quality beans, and have a passion and love for making coffee. They are very much the real deal.

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            laurendlewis RE: redbeanbun Jun 27, 2011 10:51 AM

            I have Dancing Goats beans in my freezer right now. I've also tried Bare Nekked Espresso and one other brand... name escaping me... but all purchased at Whole Foods midtown. They have the local brands highlighted. Aurora also great, though!

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              Reldan RE: laurendlewis Aug 11, 2011 10:33 PM

              The Batdorf & Bronson roaster is where Aurora gets their beans, which they simply sell under their own label. There is no difference between buying Dancing Goats beans or Aurora beans aside from the sticker on the package - they both come out of the same roaster.

              Not to be a stickler, but freezing coffee is a horrible way to store it - you'd be better leaving it vacuum sealed at room temperature. Ideally any freshly roasted coffee should simply be used within 2 weeks, and having a local roaster means you can buy the beans within a day or two of the roasting.

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                laurendlewis RE: Reldan Sep 2, 2011 11:06 AM

                Once I break the vacuum seal, though, is it still ok to have at room temp? I cannot re-seal after I open the package. I cannot go through an entire package in 2 weeks - 1 person @ 1 cup/day = more than 2 weeks.

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              Reldan RE: redbeanbun Aug 11, 2011 10:27 PM

              Dancing Goats is the brand name used by the local Batdorf & Bronson roaster which is just a little ways west of Howell Mill Rd. Some of their coffees are sold by the Whole Foods Markets around Atlanta, but if you want the full selection your best bet is the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Decatur, as that's effectively their outlet. You can take tours of their facility in the evenings and they have a coffee brewing laboratory where you can try different coffees brewed in different ways on-site.

              They have a wide variety of beans from all over the world and sell a lot of good blends but also a lot of single origin coffees. I'm a fan of African coffees for all the interesting flavors they take on, but if you're looking for something that's straight good coffee I don't think you'd go wrong with their Dancing Goats blend.

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                JHLI RE: Reldan Aug 14, 2011 02:55 PM

                Reldan, how does the Dancing Goats blend compare to the Guatemala Antigua - you called that mellow coffee?
                Did you try the Brasilian coffee that I heard was available for a short time at the Decatur DG Bar? It was recommended to me but unavailable when I asked for it.

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                  Reldan RE: JHLI Aug 14, 2011 05:52 PM

                  I prefer the Guatemala Antigua - I generally like coffees that come from a single origin more than blends simply because the blends are designed to smooth out any peculiarities in coffee flavors and I typically prefer when those unique tastes express themselves more fully. I prefer drinking drip coffee black over making espresso drinks though - if I was going to make a latte or cappuccino I'd typically use the blend since in that case you're going for "espresso flavor" and that's what that blend is designed to provide. That blend is what DG Bar uses for all the usual drinks on their espresso menu.

                  I've not tried the Brazilian, although I know they recently added a new Mexican coffee that was delicious.

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                soscho RE: redbeanbun Aug 15, 2011 10:48 AM

                Cool Beans in Marietta Square has a great selection of beans. My husband swears by them (I don't drink coffee).

                Alton Brown from Foodnetwork did a show on Coffee. Some of the location shots were from this coffee house

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