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An Ann Arbor Coffee and A Drive During the Polar Vortex

We just escaped what was deemed the “Polar Vortex” here in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Midwest. Temperatures were brutally cold never getting close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit for two days. You add in the wind and it was pure misery. That didn’t stop me from capturing the scene at dawn during an Ann Arbor coffee and a drive.

A lot of shops and places were closed during this time for good reason, but Roos Roast, a popular Ann Arbor coffee shop and roaster, was open. It was a great thing in that it gave people a place to come in and warm up and have some hot caffeinated beverages.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

You could tell how cold it was based on the ice on the windows which you can normally see right through.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

I absolutely love the Roos Roast coffee mugs. The coffee of choice to put in it on this morning was some basic drip coffee made from their signature Lobster Butter Love coffee beans. I always wanted to capture this mug with a Main Street backdrop. It took -16 degree (actual temperature) conditions for me to do so.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

Magical. While I was capturing about a block away from the shop, I directed a couple of police officers that were looking for an open coffee shop. They had wondered where I got this cup of coffee.

No worries as I did not drink any coffee out here. My gloves were also on stand by. I took these shots and I was quickly back inside warming up. The good thing is that the bitter cold lad to a lot less traffic which enabled me to stand right in the middle of Main Street to capture.

Ann Arbor bucket list item, check!!!

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

After freezing with my cup of coffee, then warming up, it was time for a drive. I headed for quick stroll down Huron River Drive. I’ve mentioned this route on nultiple occassions as it is beautiful no matter what time of year. That certainly holds true in arctic like conditions.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive - sunrise

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

The sun coming out in full swing did nothing for the temperature. It just magnified the winter beauty that this part of Ann Arbor and Huron River Drive gives off. Again -16 degrees, brrrr.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

It was a shivering but fun morning doing one of favorite Ann Arbor activities, getting a coffee and going for a drive down Huron River Drive.

Have you ever found yourself in bitter cold conditions in your travels? Ever come into contact with a Polar Vortex?

The 2018 Coffee Moment(s) for Me

Happy Holidays to all! 2018 is almost in the books. It’s been another coffee filled year. Shocking I know! I’ve enjoyed numerous coffees via the AeroPress, French Press and various pour over devices along with an endless number and variety of specialty lattes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ann Arbor coffee in 2018, Michigan coffee experiences

My coffee experiences this year have been confined to mostly the Ann Arbor area in Michigan. Traveling has been infrequent as we got ready for and brought another little future coffee drinker into the world.

2018 in coffee is highlighted by the Pixgram Video below. The background song choice this year is “Waking Up” by Dexter Britain. How fitting since I tend to drink a lot of my coffee in the waking hours of the day!

The cover photo honor and most memorable moment this year goes to a summer experience I had at Comet Coffee. I took part in a Japanese iced coffee tasting as part of Ann Arbor’s first Caffeine Crawl. What a day bouncing between shops, mingling with shop owners, baristas and other fellow coffee lovers. It was also memorable because it increased my interest for learning about cold coffee. In fact you have to love any coffee experience at this shop because it sits right within the architecturally beautiful Nickels Arcade right across from the University of Michigan.

All of the coffee photos in the video came from my Coffee Ann Arbor Instagram account. The memorable experiences in this little part of the world for coffee lovers seems to be endless.

Too many more coffee moments in 2019! I look forward to seeing you all in Ann Arbor and beyond out on the caffeinated open road. Cheers! Aaron

Check out the great coffee moments from last year in The 2017 Coffee Moment(s) for Me.

Atlanta Coffee Time in the Airport at Cafe Intermezzo

Lots of people have favorite spots to hang out at in airports they frequent. Of course with me it would be a place that serves and knows coffee. Café Intermezzo is my Atlanta coffee spot in an airport I have been in hundreds of times, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Whether I’m coming or going or just passing through, you’ll find me sitting at the bar staring at the larger than life old-school Italian espresso machine.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Italian espresso machine

I became familiar with Café Intermezzo years ago from visiting their Midtown Atlanta location.

On that visit to Midtown it was a coffee cocktail. That holds firm every time I run to their airport shop in Concourse B. Of course I never take off or arrive in that concourse, but that never stops me.

An Irish coffee is the way I roll asking for Jameson whiskey. Copious amounts of whipped cream sits on top of the whiskey and coffee deliciousness. The drink always takes the edge off, especially before a flight.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport - Irish coffee

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee

Besides the espresso machine, its fun just hanging out and engaging with the baristas or random fellow traveler.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee with Jameson whiskey

Sitting in Cafe Intermezzo gives off the feeling of being in a coffee shop, bakery, restaurant and book store all in one. Besides coffee and cocktails, a full food menu awaits with endless cheesecake and dessert options.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

Atlanta coffee at Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

At some point I will indulge in their other offerings, which I’ve heard great things about. Until then just look for someone hanging out by the espresso machine sipping coffee next time you are in Atlanta’s airport.

Cafe Intermezzo, Concourse B, Atlanta airport, Irish coffee

Do you have a favorite spot to hang out at in an airport you frequent?

A True Fort Myers Coffee Experience Awaits at Rebel Coffee Roastery

While back in Southwest Florida recently visiting family, I came to the realization that I had never been to an indie coffee shop in my times down there. Wait how did that happen?! Well my family and I happen to be in Downtown Fort Myers one day and my wife asked if I wanted to stop at a local shop. Right then and there I decided to put an end to the madness and did a Google search for “coffee shops near me”.

A few minutes later we were parking on the red brick of Broadway street right in front of Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge. This was the shop that immediately peaked my interest from the search results. “In-house roasted beans” and “roastery” were the key terms.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Downtown Fort Myers

Upon entering the well-designed light blue outside storefront, there lied the roaster and large burlap bags of coffee beans. I knew they meant business.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

After looking at the extensive coffee offerings hand-written on the chalk menu, as well as their large bean selection, I went with a pour over. Ethiopian Yirgacheefe was the bean choice. I’m on kick recently of using beans from this Ethiopian region, known to many as the birthplace of coffee.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge, pour over coffee

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge, pour over coffee

Espresso and handcrafted drinks, lattes, hot and iced coffee all filled up the menu.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Tea is also in their name. Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge has 600 loose leaf tea options awaiting.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

It was a typical hot and humid Southwest Florida day. Nevertheless, hot coffee is how I roll, especially when at a shop for the first time. My coffee choice definitely didn’t disappoint. My wife ordered a more sensible iced vanilla latte considering the weather ha-ha. She said it was good and very refreshing. Our little one took to some of their pastry offerings. I didn’t experience, but they do offer a full breakfast, lunch and dinner assortment as well.

Rebel Coffee, Fort Myers, Florida, refreshing iced coffee

After hanging out in the expansive shop which opened in late 2016, I took the time to admire the coffee, and outside storefront alongside the brick and palm tree-lined road. What you don’t see is that there is a Starbucks literally right next store off to the right. This shop you could say is being a coffee “rebel”, which is where their idea for the shop name came from.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Downtown Ft. Myers, Florida

The fact that they roast their green coffee beans gourmet-style and very slowly was very refreshing to see. You can tell the great care they take all the way to the pouring of coffee in the cup. The baristas were very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Sometimes the best shops I experience are ones I visit unplanned. Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge is no exception. Whenever you are in the heart of Downtown Fort Myers and need some fuel or tea, I highly recommend stopping in.

Rebel Coffee Roastery & Tea Lounge - Ft. Myers, Florida

Do you recommend any other independent coffee shops in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida?

Tech-ing It up at Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta

My brother and I were driving around the Buckhead part of Atlanta in the early evening recently and were looking for a coffee shop to check out. I knew there was an Octane Coffee / Bar in the area, and having been to their Grant Park location on several occasions, knew I could expect a good coffee and experience.

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

This Octane Coffee location sits on the first floor within the happening Atlanta Tech Village. We could feel the entrepreneurial and tech startup vibes both in- and outside of the brightly lit shop. There were lots of open laptops throughout the first floor and a mixer starting next store, as we walked into Octane right before close.

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Being Happy Hour my brother enjoyed one of their cocktail offerings. I of course went the coffee route, going with a basic latte. Just what I came to expect!

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Octane was recently bought by southern based coffee roaster and retailer Revelator Coffee. Thus I saw ready to purchase coffee beans from both brands. Think that might be enough to last me a few days.

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

Additional tips:

  • This location follows more traditional business hours closing at 5pm or earlier each day.
  • Deck parking, which is connected to the village, is available for Octane Coffee customers.
  • If Espresso Cola is on the menu, order!

You can find Octane Coffee in the Atlanta Tech Village on Instagram. Likewise for Revelator Coffee. It was a great first experience at this Octane Coffee / Bar location.

Octane Coffee Bar in Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead, Atlanta

What are some of your favorite coffee shops in Atlanta?