Howdy y'all!

I'm Melanie and a traveling coffee blogger based in the South. This space is about more than coffee though - it's about the people who serve it, the spaces you drink it and the convos that bloom around it. Won't you join me?

Octane, Atlanta, GA

Octane, Atlanta, GA

1009 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Fun fact: My in-laws live in Dacula, a suburb of Atlanta. It's about a 4.5 hour drive from Sumter, South Carolina. The actual time it takes to get there depends heavily on Atlanta traffic (I know you Atlanta people know what I'm talking about). This very special weekend though, I was combing a few significant events. A visit from my friend Katie, a Saturday at the Country Living Fair and an opportunity to see family. 

If you're within five hours of Atlanta, you NEED to mark the Country Living Fair on your calendar. Calling all Fixer Upper fans and Chip and Joanna Gaines admirers! This fair pulls the greatest antiques from across the South and plops them down on this fairground. You know when you visit an antique store and you're looking for the 'good stuff'? Well... this place is MADE of the good stuff.

But every good visit requires a few coffee shops!

Octane Coffee was my last stop on this trip.


My visit took place at the West Side shop - which is nestled in Georgia Tech territory. Octane has six - yes SIX! - coffee shops in Atlanta. My friend Katie and I popped in on a late Sunday morning. The coffee shop quickly presented itself as a huge student hang-out/study spot.


Octane has their own line of coffee beans. I didn't get to snag their coffee producing narrative in person, but from what I gather: Octane is invested in sustainable support to local coffee growers. They use direct trade whenever possible and strive to assist in the growth of row quality beans. 

I ordered myself a Chai to avoid caffeine overload. I was so pleased to see that the barista didn't use a powder, but instead a pre-made shop concentrate to concoct my beverage. I'm usually not a big fan of concentrates, but for Chai, I find concentrates yield a spicier and yummier drink!


I really liked the open expanse of the interior. I'm a sucker for red brick walls and wood finishing. This shop offered tons of seating and lots places for large groups to gather. I bet many students comes here for group projects. I mean...check out below -- this place is packed with students collaborating together, jamming out to music and hacking away at essays.

The vibe is incredibly relaxed. Some coffee shops can make you feel guilty for simply talking, but this one gives freedom to chat away.

An item to note: Octane isn't JUST about coffee. It has a cafe-oriented menu and a range of unique cocktail options. This isn't just your typical daytime coffee place. It's an around the clock shop with plenty of both espresso based drinks AND hard drinks.

If you're looking for the 'happening' spot in West Atlanta -- you can find it here. This place might be hard to read a book or concentrate really hard in. However, if you get a studying, working or writing buzz off of busy coffee shop vibes, this place is on the your wavelength.

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