Octane Coffee / Bar

Overall Rating: 7.600

Address: 3423 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta Tech Village, Suite 100
Cross Street(s): Lenox Rd. NE, in the Atlanta Tech Village
City, State ZIP: Atlanta, GA 30305
Neighborhood: Buckhead
Phone: 404.815.9886
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa-Su 9am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Octane Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Cuisinox
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 06/14/2016
First Reviewed: 06/14/2016
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Octane is one of the preeminent quality coffee chains in the Mylanta area. This location in the Buckhead neighborhood seems wedged in a building that looks like what Georgians think is the norm for Silicon Valley, fitting the tech worker coffee stereotype. Buckhead's Atlanta Tech Village, or ATV, comes complete with airy glass-and-steel construction and designated Razor scooter parking in front. Outdoors there's patio seating in front under parasols. Inside the space curves around the outside contour of the building, with a service counter (and a King of Pops popsicle case) in front and several tables and a long, shared wooden bench towards the back. Along the glass windows there is a series of white modern stools. They offer Japanese cold drip, a nitro-brewed iced coffee (which is rather tepid, btw), three pour-over coffee options, and espresso. Their standard blend is the Gravy Espresso. Using a two-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull shots with a healthy, evenly shaded medium brown crema. It has a good mouthfeel and density and exhibits excellent flavor balance in the cup: an even blend of mild spices, some wood, and some fruit. If there's any complaint it's that it's too smooth and lacking strongly distinctive characteristics - making this more of a multiple-times-per-day Italian style espresso. Served with sparkling water on the side in Cuisinox cups by a cringe-worthy barista who calls it "spro". For their cappuccino they employ detailed Rosetta latte art with restricted, overly gentle milk-foam: it's more liquid milk blended in the body and is thus too runny or "liquidy". Despite the sterile office park location, it's one of the better espresso bars in town.