#ElCafeDe2013: Getting the Coffee Flowing in Georgia.

The year of #ElCafeDe2013 has gotten off to a great start in Michigan. It was time to enjoy some coffee in Georgia, with my Georgia coffee partner-in-crime.

The first stop was Gainesville and Inman Perk Coffee. The coffeehouse sits right along the square in the heart of town.

ElCafeDe2013 - coffee, Gainesville, Georgia, Inman Perk Coffee

I asked for their most popular drink and they gave me a Dirty Chai with espresso. That was my first ever, boy have I been missing out. A cup of their Brazilian coffee followed. Both beverages were consumed alongside an old-school book.

ElCafeDe2013 - coffee, Gainesville, Georgia, Inman Perk Coffee

Lot’s of conversations were ongoing amongst all the artwork and colorfulness throughout. The staff itself was very conversational and friendly. A trip to their other and original location, in the Atlanta neighborhood of Inman Park, is in order.

ElCafeDe2013 - coffee, Gainesville, Georgia, Inman Perk Coffee

I’d driven past Boulder Creek Coffee in Buford many times before, but didn’t stop because it looked fairly ordinary on the outside. One day recently though curiosity finely got to us and we were pleasantly surprised.

ElCafeDe2013 - Boulder Creek Coffee, Buford, Georgia

They open up later than others, catering more to those that like to hangout, work and read alongside their mugs, versus the to-go crowd and paper cups. A very relaxing and quiet atmosphere.

ElCafeDe2013 - Boulder Creek Coffee, Buford, Georgia

I struck up a conversation with the barista about sports and the Midwest, while enjoying a Colombian Golondrina Pour Over, individually made. It was recommended to get a peanut butter and jelly muffin, but they were out. Next time!

ElCafeDe2013 - Boulder Creek Coffee, Buford, Georgia

Before leaving, I made sure to checkout the bookstore, Books for Less, that is attached. There is just something about coffee and conversation with lots of books around.

A little more off the main grid is the small historic downtown of Flowery Branch. Right in the heart since 2002 is Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe.

ElCafeDe2013 - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe, Flowery Branch, Georgia

ElCafeDe2013 - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe, Flowery Branch, Georgia

You got that small-town vibe immediately upon entering. Lot’s of people knew each other, every one being friendly.

ElCafeDe2013 - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe, Flowery Branch, Georgia

My drink of choice was a basic latte, which was tasty and came in a colorful mug. 🙂

ElCafeDe2013 - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe, Flowery Branch, Georgia

One of the bosses/owners came up to us and thanked us for visiting, giving us a little history of the coffee shoppe, building and downtown area. I loved checking out the old school brick.

ElCafeDe2013 - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe, Flowery Branch, Georgia

The coffee consumption in Georgia this year got off to a great start. It’s amazing how many quality places there are not just in the big city, but in suburbia, small-towns and beyond. Checkout some highlights of my Michigan coffee consumption so far this year. Hope to see you caffeinated out on the open road haha. 🙂

What coffee houses and cafés would you recommend around Atlanta, Georgia and the southern US?

4 responses to “#ElCafeDe2013: Getting the Coffee Flowing in Georgia.

  1. Very nice finds, Aaron! I’d probably storm the second place right away, with a book. 🙂 It’s great when people at coffee shops are friendly and talk to newcomers. Just recently I went to a coffee shop in my neighborhood for the first time and… was “greeted” by a grumpy barista who couldn’t crack a smile for two seconds. UGH.

    Dirty Chai with espresso?? Where have I been?

    • Thanks Pola! Lot’s more to hit up in the ATL too. I seem to run into a lot more grumpy baristas at chain places versus mom-and-pop, non-chain.

  2. Aaron, you’re on roll!

    Yeah que ser Dirty Chai? Never heard of it, even less tried 😦 Was it good?

    I agree with Pola, how great for the owners to take a few minutes of their time to make the customers feel welcome in their local!

    You know, I look at the pictures and it would be perfect if they had a comfy couch and bookshelves 😉

    Well those grumpy baristas should NOT work in coffee shops in the first place! Everything is energy and I can totally tell when it’s a great drink!

    Keep #ElCafeDe2013 going strong 😉

    • Thanks Karla for the continued support! 🙂 Can definitely tell when I’m getting a great drink and whether the baristas are into it or not. I usually sit in a hard chair, but sometimes a comfy sofa hits the spot. If you come across a Dirty Chai sometime, definitely check em out. Chai tea, milk and espresso deliciousness. 🙂

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