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Radio Roasters' Chip Grabow on his first coffee, the best kept secret of Decatur, and the biggest roasting mistake he's made.
This ITP expansion of the 10-year-old Roswell-based chain is an oasis of calm in the hubbub of Atlantic Station. The slick marble bar and industrial tables can get packed, but the space is full of natural light.
After two years ping-ponging around the city as a pop-up, Chrome Yellow has at last found a place to call home.
Brash Coffee is opening its first Atlanta store on the Westside in early summer 2015. In 2011, owner Matt Ludwikowski was working at Octane and took a trip to El Salvador with one intention: work directly with coffee farmers to learn as much about coffee as he could. He practiced what he learned and, two years later, opened the first Brash Coffee store in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This coffee isn’t just good; it’s fair. Farmers to 40, a nonprofit business launched in October 2013 through a social enterprise program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, directs up to 40 percent of the retail proceeds back to the farmers themselves, an initiative that far exceeds most “fair trade” practices.
Taproom Coffee, Kirkwood’s latest arrival on the specialty coffee and craft beer scene, recently launched its introductory craft beer draft list. Owner Jonathan Pascual has collaborated with Dan Fontaine, co-founder of Atlanta Beer Tours, to bring a rotating menu of twelve beers to the neighborhood shop. Now pouring: A range of local brews like Three Taverns’ A Night in Brussels and fun big boys, like the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide.
Like any farmer, Kevin Candelario Arita keeps an anxious eye on the weather. “In Georgia, it’s just so weird and unpredictable,” he says, fingering the waxy leaf of a coffee plant.
After serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, former U.S. Army Captain Rob Swartwood moved to Atlanta in 2009. He went to law school, settled down, and joined the American Legion, envisioning a quiet life as an ex-military man.