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Good BBQ between Marietta & Mercer?

Community BBQ is only about 5-10 minutes from Mercer. Fantastic BBQ. Get the Mac and Cheese and the Brisket for sure.

Aug 18, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta

Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

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.

Aug 14, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta

Best New Southern restaurant?

I'm a huge fan of Woodfire Grill's take on farm-to-table Southern food. Their blind tasting menu is always fantastic. To date I've had sixty different dishes from their kitchen and have never left a morsel on a single plate, which is something I cannot say for any other restaurant I've eaten at.

I've heard good things about Abbatoir and it's on my list for trying in the near future. Empire State South was quite good, although I honestly didn't enjoy it as much as Woodfire, although I'll grant it cost half as much. I liked Miller Union quite a bit, although my wife didn't think the food was all that exciting.

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Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Aug 11, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta

Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

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.

Aug 11, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta

Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

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.

Aug 11, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta

Where do you buy your coffee beans in Atlanta?

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.

Aug 11, 2011
Reldan in Atlanta