East Pole Coffee Opens in Atlanta

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Local Atlanta coffee roaster East Pole Coffee Co.'s first brick-and-mortar coffee shop opened at Armour Yards, the new loft-office development between Atlanta’s Buckhead and Midtown neighborhoods. The shop will also serve as East Pole’s headquarters and roastery, with active processes visible daily behind glass doors just behind the cash register. Located at 255 Ottley Drive, Suite 105, East Pole is open seven days per week, 7am to 3pm on weekdays and 8am to 2pm on weekends.

Previously available only by wholesale and online ordering, East Pole offers around six single-origin coffees at any time, plus one always-present blend named “Traffic” as a playful nod to East Pole’s hometown of Atlanta. Working with importers to source green coffee, East Pole roasts all beans on-site. The coffee shop will also offer a small food menu, including breakfast burritos from Atlanta’s Yumbii taco shop and local pastries. When the shop is closed, East Pole will lead brewing trainings and other coffee education classes for wholesale clients.

East Pole is located on the street-facing façade of Armour Yards, a 190,000-square-foot loft-office campus adjacent to the planned BeltLine trail and developed by Atlanta real estate company Third & Urban. East Pole’s 2,000-square-foot roastery and coffee bar feature walnut surfaces and brass finishes throughout, separating café seating from the production area with a glass partition that leaves the roasting process totally visible to guests. The company partnered with E+E Architecture, CloverLeaf Group, B10 Union, and Matix Woodworking to build-out and finish the space, which showcases navy and sea foam accents throughout and sits at the right flank of the 55,000-square-foot 255 Ottley Drive building in Armour Yards, two buildings down from SweetWater Brewery.

A free and open-to-the-public Grand Opening party will kick off Friday, September 15th, at 7 p.m. with a collaboration coffee beer from Second Self brewery and nacho bar from Yumbii. There will be live screen-printing by Baron Press and special edition East Pole t-shirts.

Atlantans Jared Karr and Jules Tompkins founded East Pole in 2015. The partners first met during high school and reconnected over a shared love of specialty coffee after Jared returned from living in Indonesia, where he worked directly with coffee farmers. East Pole sources single-origin, green coffee from importers who are committed to sustainable agriculture. The company gets its name from a video blog Jared hosted while living in Indonesia, the “East Pole” of the world.