Thursday, September 29, 2016

Maple Iced Coffee Recipe + Fave Coffee Shops in Atlanta

Well turns out today is National Coffee Day, so what better reason to share the best Fall iced coffee recipe & some of my favorite coffee shops?!

Typically I love my coffee unsweetened but one of my very favorite breakfast blends for Fall is a maple iced coffee! This recipe is super easy, and if you've never tried it, you're in for a treat!! You can use any cold brew coffee, I have been making mine with this cold brew coffee press using a dark roast and brewing overnight in the fridge.
Pour your coffee over ice, about 8 oz. here, add one tsp. of maple syrup (my favorite here!) & one tsp. of sweetened condensed milk. Stir & enjoy!!

But it seems that no matter how much coffee I make at home, I can't resist grabbing one every time I am out & about. Whether it is a quick drive-thru or a kid free afternoon in the back corner of my favorite coffee shops, I can never get enough! Rounding up a few of my favorite coffee shops in Atlanta, huge thanks to my brother for being the best coffee tour guide in the city!! ;)

Super cute ice cream + coffee shop near Inman Park & the Beltline that serves coffee roasted right across the border in Birmingham. I love the aesthetics of this place because of their quirky 50's decor, bright white brick walls, and a super cute seating area out front with turquoise benches, bistro tables & chairs. They even have a "cold brew" flavored ice cream!

Home of the best iced coffee in Atlanta. HodgePodge is a high-ceiling, cement floor, renovated warehouse-look coffee shop that also serves as a gallery for local artists. They offer tons of super healthy snacks and baked goods (gluten-free, vegan friendly, etc.) and their "for here" coffees and teas are served in antique ceramic mugs that remind me my grandparents!

This is my favorite coffee shop OTP! Located in Roswell, it's literally a coffee HOUSE that offers fair trade brews & amazing snacks. Their baristas offer some of the best latte art in the metro, and you can never go wrong with a cappuccino here on the couch or patio! Their motto is "Drink Coffee, Do Good" because they pay their coffee farmers in Africa higher than Fair Trade pricing, and use profits to build community projects like soccer fields in Rwanda. 

There are two locations in Atlanta, one in West Midtown on Howell Mill and one in Grant Park. The wait in line is usually long at either location, which speaks volumes to the quality and taste of their coffee! The Grant Park location has an in-house bakery, Little Tart Bakeshop, that makes the BEST scones to go with your coffee. They do individual pour overs for each cup ordered, so it tastes SO perfectly fresh & rich! If you visit the Grant Park location, take your coffee with you on a walk through historic Oakland Cemetary!

Obviously my favorite because coffee + beer. This coffee shop is in the Kirkwood neighborhood and brews local as well. The whole vibe of this place is so relaxing and fun! They have board games for grabs, and host "Brew & Brew" events, which offer some sort of beer special while staff teach a coffee brewing technique - anything from how to shop for a grinder, to perfecting your cone filter techniques! So fun!

The coziest little coffee shop with locations in both downtown Alpharetta & Crabapple. The shops are small & friendly, and make you feel right at home. They have the best iced americanos & fresh turnovers, a perfect place to stop during the Saturday morning Farmers market. 

Hopefully you'll get to visit a few of these, or if you have a fave in your city let us know!! :)


  1. There's too many great coffee places in Atlanta! I would also recommend Aurora Coffee in Little 5, they have amazing iced coffee. I suggest trying the Kodiak Bear. Cafe + Velo is a great place that just opened in Edgewood. They have yummy croissant sandwiches and iced chai lattes (I get mine with a shot of espresso added). Over in West Midtown, there's a good place called Revelation Coffee. I love the interior and it's near Anthropologie, so perfect for a coffee and shopping!

  2. Love love love local posts! I'd love to know some of your other favorite Atlanta go-to's! Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? I haven't but I'm dying to go!

  3. I live in Roswell and have never been to Land of a Thousand Hills! My husband and I *almost* dropped in one evening, but it was some sort of open mic night and we looked WAY older than everyone there lol. Thanks for all the recommendations!

  4. Oh my! Just tried the maple ice coffee today and holy moly it's yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Coffee shops are my jam! We are coming to Dahlonega next month and I am excited to try one or two of these during our week long trip! Thank you for sharing!

  6. All of these places sound amazing! I live in metro ATL, but am currently 36 weeks pregnant...I can't wait to have some places to go try while on maternity leave with baby girl.

    Chels @ Red Velvet Rooster

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  8. I love a good coffee shop, but I'm definitely trying this one at home!

  9. So delicious!

    We gave it a try this weekend and absolutely loved it!

  10. Love Octane! They also have a location in Buckhead, near the Atlanta Tech VIllage. :)

  11. Love Octane! They also have a location in Buckhead, attached to the Atlanta Tech Village. :)