Brash Coffee Roasters to debut cocktails at new Junction Krog District location

Owner Chris Mcleod promises a “killer” espresso martini

Brash Coffee Roasters in the works at Junction Krog District

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Brash Coffee Roasters, the homegrown coffee company known for strong brews in petite spaces, is opening its fifth location in Atlanta—this one in the new Junction Krog District near Krog Street Market. Slated to launch in May, it will reside in a shipping container-like kiosk just off the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine. Unlike other Brash locations, this one will serve alcohol. Its specialty will be an espresso martini made with freshly roasted Brash beans, of course.

“It gives you energy to kick off your night. It’s a combination of people’s favorite things: coffee and alcohol, and it’s delicious,” says Brash general manager Richie Hicks.

“Richie makes a killer espresso martini,” says Brash owner and operator Chris Mcleod.

A trained sommelier, Hicks is designing the alcohol menu, focusing on a handful of classic cocktails made with house syrups, as well as select natural wines and local beer by the glass.

“We’ll offer a highly curated program that is simple and coffee-forward,” Mcleod says. “We think we can help activate the 7,000-square-foot communal patio [where Brash will be located] outside regular coffee hours.”

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The kiosk will serve everything to-go, but the area has its open-container license, so drinking on the premises is permitted. There will be limited espresso bar seating looking into the kiosk, allowing patrons to watch the baristas/bartenders work.

“We are first and foremost a coffee company, continuing to provide an authentic, community-focused experience,” Mcleod says. “Junction Krog is close to the future of Atlanta in terms of demographics, foot traffic, and walkability. This gives us the opportunity to continue serving great coffee and become a focal meeting point.”

In addition to coffee and cocktails, Brash will serve baked goods and potentially some healthier options.

Nearby, Junction Krog will be home to Yeppa & Co., the sociable Italian spot by the Storico Fresco team, and Yuji, a fine-dining Japanese restaurant by Kinjo Room’s Alex Kinjo.