Location: Atlanta, GA
Rating: 6+ [see key]
It seems that as the years march on, coffee and beer become better friends. For awhile, they only coexisted in the same house. Then some years ago, coffeehouses began featuring quality drafts offerings, mostly in localities where a liquor license didn't preclude such a team-up. Now with nitrogenated coffee (and tea) offerings popping up across the globe, it seems that the only thing separating coffee from beer are their chemical compositions.
One fine example of a place doing great things with their coffee, beer and nitro concoctions is Taproom Coffee and Beer in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. Residing in a beautiful stone edifice with giant windows, the exterior features plenty of outside seating to accommodate thirsty patrons. Inside the shop is gorgeously arrayed with local art, spectacularly creative lighting and a gorgeous back counter.
As for my beverages that afternoon of my visit, my heart was purely on hot coffee. Choosing from their Counter Culture offerings, I ordered up an espresso and a pourover of the same Ecuadorian coffee. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, whispered sweet notes of blood orange, dark chocolate, pear, rosemary, blue corn tortilla and cilantro, proving bright yet balanced. The pourover made for a far more confectionary infusion, exploding with cheesecake, vanilla, fuji apple, croissant, roasted asparagus and a little cola within a medium body.
After a pleasant respite nursing my beverages, I had to pack up and move out to meet some relatives for what was to be a tremendous southern dinner at The Colonnade. The next time you seek a great ale or coffee in Atlanta, definitely head over to Taproom Coffee and Beer.
These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!