East Pole celebrates 3 years at 255 Ottley Drive: About our company
This weekend, East Pole is celebrating three years at 255 Ottley Drive, in Atlanta's Armour Yards development.
Back in the spring of 2016, soon after we started roasting coffee on a modest 5 lb. roaster in a friend's Grant Park garage, we were introduced to Armour Yards' developers, Third and Urban, via Instagram direct message.
When we first saw the site of our eventual roastery and coffee bar, we were intrigued, but we weren't convinced that it would be the best landing spot for our company.
The building was the shell of a warehouse, and its location was embedded in a one-way-in, one-way-out industrial horseshoe –– an area most people only knew of because of SweetWater Brewery down the street.
Now, four and half years later –– and three years since opening –– we find ourselves humbled and grateful for all the support our customers have shown.
About East Pole Coffee Co.
East Pole was founded by Jared Karr, Matt Chesla, and Jules Tompkins in 2015.
Jared, our head of coffee and primary operator, named the company after the place where he first fell in love with coffee: Indonesia, which he frequently referred to as "The East Pole" during his time there in 2013.
East Pole began with a very simple, four-word mission: "Let's serve Atlanta well." We're focused on bringing great coffees from around the world to our city, roasting those coffees as thoughtfully as we can, and serving that coffee as kindly as we can.
Since launching in 2015, our company has twice been named Food & Wine's best coffee roaster in the state and Creative Loafing's best coffee shop in the city –– something we never would have imagined when we were filling coffee bags on a ping pong table while shivering in an uninsulated garage.