Atlanta Coffee Shops Awards: Brainstorming

As Atlanta Coffee Shops turned one year old a few months ago, people reached out with some ideas for how to celebrate. Two out of the three great ideas actually materialized: ACS held a coffee shops crawl and ACS held a fun giveaway in partnership with Docent Coffee. The remaining idea that was floated was to do an Atlanta Coffee Shops awards…

In a recent Sunday Survey conducted on Instagram stories, ACS polled for some ideas. The Sunday Survey was purposefully phrased in a generic way as to solicit broad ideas in various categories.

The Sunday Survey was phrased as follows:

“I’d give an award to _____ for/because _____”

Where the first blank is an Atlanta coffee shop, and the second blank is a reason.

If you aren’t following Atlanta Coffee Shops on Instagram, you’re missing out on fun survey likes this…

There were about twenty responses to the Sunday Survey. Naturally, some responses gravitated to listing something as “the best,” which is subjective on tastes/preferences. Since ACS is sometimes asked an opinion about the subjective tastes/preferences, it actually makes sense to try to get a crowdsourced opinion from a wider audience.

Together with the feedback received, ACS is brainstorming the following categories for the forthcoming (and inaugural) Atlanta Coffee Shops awards:

  1. An Atlanta coffee shop with the tastiest food

  2. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best espresso

  3. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)

  4. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best fall/autumn seasonal drink

  5. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best pastries

  6. An Atlanta coffee shop that offers the most creative or innovative drinks

  7. An Atlanta coffee shop with the “chillest vibe”

  8. An Atlanta coffee shop that’s the most conducive to studying / getting work done

  9. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best overall customer service

  10. An Atlanta coffee shop with the friendliest baristas

  11. An Atlanta coffee shop with the most knowledgeable coffee staff / baristas

  12. An Atlanta coffee shop with the most inviting outdoor space or patio

  13. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best latte

  14. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best cappuccino

  15. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best matcha drinks

  16. An Atlanta coffee shop that offers the most consistent coffee across multiple locations (for those local coffee shops with more than one metro area location)

  17. An Atlanta coffee shop that hosts the most fun / interesting events

  18. An Atlanta coffee shop (or roaster) that holds the best educational events (coffee cuppings, for example)

  19. An Atlanta coffee shop that is also the best local roaster(y)

  20. An Atlanta coffee shop that has the best cold brew

  21. An Atlanta coffee shop that has the best nitro

  22. An Atlanta coffee shop that best embodies or facilitates a meaningful community

  23. An Atlanta coffee shop that is dog/pet-friendliest

  24. An Atlanta coffee shop that has the best non-coffee drinks

  25. An Atlanta coffee shop that has the best tea

  26. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best views

  27. An Atlanta coffee shop that doesn’t feel like a coffee shop

  28. An Atlanta coffee shop that is rarely crowded

  29. An Atlanta coffee shop with the the most eclectic music playing in the background

  30. An Atlanta coffee shop that can be characterized as the most hipster

  31. An Atlanta coffee shop with the most interesting/creative Instagram account

  32. An Atlanta coffee shop that is still relatively undiscovered

  33. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best selection of gluten-free or vegan items

  34. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best selection of alternative (non-dairy) milk

  35. An Atlanta coffee shop with the best (largest) selection of coffee on drip / pour-over / espresso

  36. An Atlanta coffee shop that has the coolest merchandise for sale

  37. An Atlanta coffee shop that’s BEST all-around

  38. An Atlanta coffee shop that deserves an award for _____ (write-in)


ACS will continue thinking about adding some additional categories to this list. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or send a message on Instagram if you have additional ideas.

The actual voting on these categories will likely be via a custom Google form in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!