Hidden Gem: Chattahoochee Coffee – Written by Jenn Hobby for Atlanta Eats
It’s tucked away from the hustle, although just a few blocks from the 12 packed lanes of I-285 on the top end. A calm, peaceful feeling washed over me as I sipped a latte in this natural setting on the Chattahoochee River. Instant serenity. Yep. That’s why this lovely, quiet spot is a hidden gem in my book.
It’s Chattahoochee Coffee’s Riverside location. When a rarity like this exists, the secret doesn’t last very long, as was the case for the beautiful CC Riverside.
You see, the word started getting out on this precious pocket of peaceful. Stressed-out ATL-iens found solace here with Counter Culture coffee and its restorative back drop for interesting conversations, especially on the weekends.
It’s located inside a gated complex called Walton on the Chattahoochee Apartment Community at the edge of a beautiful curve in the river. When the Walton residents became a bit annoyed at the intense weekend traffic, (their secret was no longer safe!) Chattahoochee Coffee had to limit its access to the general public to only Monday through Friday. That being said, it’s well worth the effort to make it there on a weekday.
When I spoke with Chattahoochee Coffee Riverside’s manager, Matthew Davis, he told me that the changes “definitely affected us for the first few weeks, but we are even more popular now. People see us as a destination, so our customers make us a priority throughout the week.” Matthews says all types of clientele head to Riverside for the vibe and to share in their passion for a quality cup of joe. He says, “We have families, businesses who hold meetings in our private back room looking over the river, bikers, runners and kayakers coming off the river. And the residents are happy with their personal space back on the weekends.”
My discovery came through a chance business meeting and I must say, it was a remarkable experience. The homemade spinach quiche had a light and flaky crust and was a divine start to my day, but the top taste was definitely the vanilla latte. My colleague raved about the daily-featured coffee blend as bold and nutty with hints of caramel. We both enjoyed the fresh air, green space and happy ducks swimming by. (Thank you, Adam Zimmerman, for introducing me to this hidden gem. Your secret is NOT safe with me!)
Chattahoochee Coffee is dedicated to great java, but that’s not all. They partner with organizations making a positive impact in disadvantaged communities around the world. They make charitable giving an annual priority and whenever possible, partner with local as opposed to national vendors. Perk: Chattahoochee Coffee has another location on the Westside at 790 Huff Rd. NW.
Chattahoochee Coffee Riverside is a perfect spot to study, relax or meet a friend to chat. Buzz the visitor’s gate Monday through Friday 7am – 10pm at 6640 Akers Mill Rd. SE., scroll to “Coffee Shop” in the directory and when they answer, just say “Coffee!”
Published here for AJC’s accessatlanta.com.