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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?

New Moon Cafe, Augusta, GA

New Moon Cafe, Augusta, GA

936 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901

I finished my wrap-up in Savannah just in time to get ready for a visit to another city in Georgia: Augusta. 

Most certainly, travel is one of the greatest perks of being in the military. I think this is true for armed services all over the world; one of my British friends remarked to me that Americans join the military for patriotic reasons, whereas Brits join for a life of adventure. I'd say Americans love the life of a traveling adventures as well!

Sometimes these adventures take us across the world to places like Germany, Japan, or Niger but sometimes they just take a few hours down the highway, and these small ventures can be pretty sweet as well. It's in these seemingly insignificant one or two day trips that I most enjoy wandering into a new coffee shop, 

a coffee shop like New Moon Cafe.

New Moon Cafe is located in the downtown Augusta area next to a book store and, in our case, it was only a hop, skip, and jump from our hotel on the river. New Moon is a casual cafe that is serious about their coffee; so serious, that they've produced these fabulous 'coffee snob' shirts and brew their own small batch brew. I saw this shirt online and determined even before I got there that I had to have one. 

Moment of honesty: I'd never tried nitro cold brew until this trip. While I was overseas, I heard all about the nitro craze, but never had access to it! I'd read New Moon had a superb nitro brew. In trying it for the first time, I kind of feel like someone who discovered and starting using Facebook two years after it became a 'thing.' 

If you didn't know better, you might think this was a nice, creamy Guinness! For those of you Googling nitro cold brew (or just my Mom), lemme throw you a bone: it's your standard cold brew infused with nitrogen, which gives it a frothy head and adds a little sweetness. I certainly didn't feel the need to add any type of sweetener!

The coffee was undoubtedly yummy.

However, you MUST supplement it with the:

--- New Moon Grits Bowl ---

Avocado, pimento cheese, bacon, salsa and cholula generously loaded over stone-ground grits.

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I made my table mates jealous with this one. Immediate regret will fill anyone who opts for a simple egg or just grits. These grits are a non-option, must order for New Moon first-timers.

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These fine people below, this is my crew. Until the night before, nobody had any knowledge of my side-hustle of coffee blogging. (Still debating if I can legitimately call it a side hustle if I make no money...). However, when they found out, they were so supportive and willing to wake up early to hit a coffee shop on our way to base. They braved with the awkward feels that ensue when I jump around the store taking photos, stand on chairs to get great food pics, force them to pose with their coffee! Such champs.

Perhaps I'm biased...

but there's no better brotherhood & sisterhood than the US military. I'm so thankful to be a part of it!

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