Food & Wine Magazine names the top coffee shops in every state

Food & Wine Magazine just released a list of the best coffee shops in every state. We're extremely honored to have been mentioned in the article as Georgia's best, joining some amazing companies from other states like Prevail Union (Alabama), Onyx (Arkansas), Sweet Bloom (Colorado), Panther (Florida), Camber (Washington), and Ruby (Wisconsin).

We just opened our coffee bar in September, so we weren't exactly expecting this honor. As you'll see in most everything we do, we're very proud to be from Atlanta, and we're proud to have joined a thriving coffee community here.

Whether at our coffee bar or elsewhere in Metro Atlanta, we're spoiled with a bunch of amazing shops that started right here in town.

Here's Food & Wine's excerpt about us:

Jared Karr's dream of becoming an FBI agent ended up with him living in Indonesia (long story, ask him), where he developed a fascination with coffee, as you do. These days, Karr is back home, busily growing one of the Southeast's most promising roasters—East Pole's bright and light café in the Armour Yards development is all but brand new, but this already feels like one of Atlanta's great coffee shops.

This is sometimes how we feel about Happy Camper waffles

Have you ever had Malbec and sharp cheddar? What a pairing. 

What about a cappuccino and a waffle? We've been serving hungry customers Happy Camper's wholesome waffles for the last few months, and it's not uncommon for them to ask for seconds.

Happy Camper's waffle recipe is "naturally gluten free and dairy free" and they are "sweetened with raw sugar or maple syrup, and flavored with spices and coconut oil." At East Pole, they're best enjoyed with a pour-over or a cappuccino, for a guilt-free, super wholesome –– and super delightful –– breakfast.

Get the weekend started right and come by for an oat or sesame waffle.

Just be warned... you might have trouble not thinking about them the rest of the weekend. 

We have new expanded hours starting Feb. 1, 2018

  Photo by Jonathan Wade.

Photo by Jonathan Wade.

Starting today, February 1, we will be extending our hours:

Monday + Tuesday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday + Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday + Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Don't have time to swing by the shop? We also offer weekly or bi-weekly coffee subscription plans that deliver freshly roasted, single-origin beans straight to your door. Details on how to subscribe here.

PS: If you stop by and have a good time, don't hesitate to leave us a review on Yelp, Facebook or Google. It will really help people to find us.

Our roaster is a 2018 Atlanta Rising Star according to Star Chefs

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Star Chefs has highlighted outstanding culinary professionals and restaurants for over 20 years. Because of their longstanding track record in the business, we were really honored to hear that our founder and roaster, Jared Karr, was named a 2018 Atlanta Rising Star by Star Chefs.

"Jared Karr is the rare combination of dreamer and doer, and he’s on a mission to put Atlanta on the map for its third wave coffee scene," Star Chefs wrote in its bio of Jared.

"Not yet 30, Karr has been roasting since 2015, and he opened a bright, hip roasting facility just two years later with the space tripling as a coffee bar and training center for baristas and other roasters. It’s a model designed to propel wholesale business, and it’s working. In Atlanta’s post-Octane landscape, East Pole is leading growth and Karr’s roasting is a barometer for quality—whether its his sweet third-wave-gateway coffee, Traffic, or a bright, floral Ethiopian. What’s the future of Atlanta coffee? Jarred Karr and his homegrown, exceptional East Pole Coffee. Co."

Jared was named alongside the creators and key stakeholders behind brands like Creature Comforts, Staplehouse, Xocolatl, Little Tart, Kimball House, and Holeman & Finch.

Check out the whole write up here.

Featured photo by Shannon Sturgis, Star Chefs

Our coffee, in beer and chocolate this holiday season

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We recently partnered with two of our favorite local brands on some cool stuff: a stout beer and a chocolate bar.

Second Self is a great Westside Atlanta brewery that's been going strong since 2014. You're probably familiar with their Thai Wheat Ale and ATAle Pale Ale.

They used one of our single-origin Colombian coffees in a recent seasonal –– the Olde Oyl Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout. This beer is a total heavy-hitter, at 11.0% ABV. Read more about it here.

Then, there's chocolate, and our favorite Atlanta chocolatier –– Xocolatl. Using Traffic (currently from Huila, Colombia), we collaborated with Xocolatl on a bar we're calling "Commuter." You can find Commuter at our coffee bar, or at Xocolatl at Krog St. Market. We partnered with Alex & Co. on the packaging for the bar.

Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 for a special Roaster's Cupping

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Since opening our public roastery and coffee bar, we've hosted several cuppings in our roastery.

We'll be hosting another this Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., and it's going to be special.

Why?

This Saturday's cupping will be a Roaster's Cupping.

East Pole founder, head roaster, and green buyer, Jared Karr, will be tasting several new green coffee samples and talking attendees through his process, hoping to better determine which coffees we'll serve in the months ahead.

This is different from our normal public cuppings, when we're tasting coffees we have already selected, purchased and profiled. On Saturday, we'll be tasting coffees that are all on the table –– candidates to be bought and served in the future.

Come help us taste these coffees and learn more about what we look for in a coffee while developing your palate.


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Photo credit: J. Wade

We have waffles from Happy Camper (and Eater wrote about that)

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Last month, we introduced some new breakfast items from Happy Camper to our coffee bar. We were drawn to Happy Camper founder Katie Athaide's focus on nutrient-dense offerings and incorporation of local ingredients.

One huge Happy Camper hit at our coffee bar has been waffles.

We offer three varieties at the moment: oat, sesame, and pumpkin, and our customers rave about them. They're a decidedly excellent complement to coffee.

Eater Atlanta wrote about our partnership with Happy Camper. Check out the full article here.