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Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

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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  1. I typically get my beans at Dancing Goats in Decatur.

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      1. re: edwardspk

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

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: redbeanbun

            "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.

            1. re: JHLI

              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.

              1. re: redbeanbun

                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.

          2. 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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            1. re: laurendlewis

              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.

              1. re: Reldan

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: Reldan

                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.

                1. re: JHLI

                  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.

              2. 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

                1. Java Lords in Little 5 Points roasts their own and it's surprisingly good - they have a nice variety of organic single origins. I ordered some Yirgacheffe from their website (www.javalordscoffee.com) and it was super fresh - really enjoyed it. I also tried their Mexico single and Mourning Blend. I've heard good things about their dark blend but I'm more of light/medium roast kind of guy.

                  1. Counter Culture coffee is my favorite. They are out of North Carolina but have a nice ATL presence. Tap Room Coffee in Kirkwood carries it as well as Whole Foods. Counter Culture also has a training center where you can taste and learn in the King Plow Arts Center amazing blends. enjoy

                    1. I also LOVE Octane and prefer their Grant Park location. amazing stuff