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Aurora Coffee

468 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30316

404-523-6856

Opened in 1992 by a Seattle transplant, this fiercely independent operation has weathered many changes—including a sale to the owner of Criminal Records—but it has never deviated from its basic mission as a serious espresso bar.

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Condesa Coffee

480 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-524-5054

Perched at the corner of Boulevard and Freedom Parkway in the base of the Tribute Lofts, Condesa attracts a diverse clientele all day long.

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Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

419 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-687-1100

The original sleek, welcoming spot in Decatur is an outreach of the much smaller Batdorf & Bronson, a Washington State high-quality roaster whose nearly twenty-year presence in Atlanta helped spur our healthy espresso culture.

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Java Jive

790 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-876-6161

Steven Horwitz and Shira Levetan keep the neighborhood awake with strong coffee, fluffy biscuits, stacked pancakes, and fried matzo. We’ll brave long waits for the weekend-only gingerbread waffles with lemon curd.

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Kung Fu Tea

5280 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA, 30340

770-455-8585

This outpost of a growing New York–based chain looks like a cross between a slick coffee shop and (with planters of wheatgrass displayed on its counter) one of the many juice bars sprouting up across Atlanta.

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Rattletrap

1593 North Decatur Road*, Atlanta, GA, 30307

As the name implies, the orange-brown van looks a bit creaky. But the crackerjack baristas from Steady Hand Pour House deliver sterling cups of coffee as well as specials like herbed lemonade.

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The Little Tart Bakeshop + Octane

437 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-348-4797

At this always-packed hangout in Grant Park’s Jane building, baking whiz Sarah O’Brien displays the Little Tart’s ethereal pastries next to Octane’s gleaming coffee bar.

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Zen Tea

5356 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA, 30341

678-547-0877

Owner Connie Miller imparts her extraordinary knowledge of tea without a hint of geekiness.

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