There’s a new coffee shop that is now open in Buckhead on Peachtree Road: Xander Coffee. This coffee shop is located inside Kefi, an innovative new concept for facilitating and inspiring play. Kefi is described by its CEO, Drew Panayiotou, as a “playtainment paradise for families where kids can enjoy a wonderland of the latest toys and other kid-friendly adventures and activities.” From the official press release about Kefi:
The 25,000-square-foot space is designed for the whole family, combining technology, immersive storytelling and thoughtful design to offer weekly ‘we time’ and ‘me time’ under the same roof. For kids, Kefi is a wonderland where they can place themselves inside stories, create their own music and enjoy the latest toys. Parents can choose to join their kids on Kefi play adventures, spend time as a family in the high-end coffee bar and café, Xander, or take time for themselves in parent-only co-working and relaxation areas built just for them.
The location of Kefi and Xander Coffee is 3637 Peachtree Road (at the intersection of Peachtree and Wieuca Roads, in the Buckhead Triangle shopping center). The overall space was previously occupied by HH Gregg before it went out of business.
Atlanta Coffee Shops was on site in early September to get a brief tour of the space and meet the team at Xander Coffee. The photos from the space are below. The major highlights:
Separate entrance to Xander Coffee from Kefi (i.e., no admission/ticket required)
Open, modern interior aesthetic with a beautiful outdoor patio
A coffee partnership with Counter Culture Coffee
A Modbar espresso set-up
An SP-9 Marco Beverage Systems dual set-up for automated pour-overs
Seating for adults and children
Free Wi-Fi and plenty of electrical outlets
Detailed impressions and photos are below.
Xander Coffee is a beautiful space that features plenty of natural light that filters through the garage doors. These doors open daily/seasonally depending on the ambient temperature. During the ACS visit, they were open briefly and then closed in the late afternoon.
There is plenty of seating inside, from the large communal table near the front of the coffee shop to the small tables for one to two people on the other side of Xander Coffee. The back of Xander Coffee also features cushioned seating.
Update (9/18/2019): The architect behind the space (Kefi/Xander) is Christian Carlson out of Seattle. Among other projects, he worked on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation building. The interior designer of Kefi/Xander was a local shop called BLUR Workshop.
The second innovative element for coffee aficionados is the SP-9 automated pour-over system from Marco Beverages. This is the first encounter by ACS of such machines at an Atlanta-area coffee shop. ACS saw these machines in action at East One Coffee Roasters in New York City.
The menu at Xander Coffee consists of the traditional coffee options as well as tea and some pastries/baked goods in partnership with Proof Bakeshop and Sweet Loren’s cookies. The coffee supplier/partner at Xander Coffee is Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, NC). Xander uses Counter Culture’s “Big Trouble” for its espresso and “Hologram” for the drip/pour-overs.
Full menu at Xander Coffee is seen below.
Xander Coffee offers milk alternatives, including oat milk (currently stocked: Califia Farms).
Ice cold beverages are available for purchase, including Honest Tea and Topo Chico mineral water.
There are several additional items that are worth pointing out about Xander Coffee. First, there is seating for both adults and children, which makes it a convenient stop even if you decide not to check out the Kefi space. However, based on the design of the space, parents can migrate to the coffee shop while kids are playing inside Kefi (there is some technology at Kefi in which kids are outfitted with Kefi Play Bracelets, allowing kids to be monitored/safe).
There are also board games which adults can try out, which are also available for purchase. Here, a staff member was testing Rush Hour.
If You Go
If you visit Xander Coffee, keep in mind that this coffee shop just opened over the Labor Day Weekend, so there are some areas under development/construction. There’s not yet a dedicated sign that advertises Xander Coffee beyond a coffee mug at the top of the brick and mortar entrance.
The current opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 6:30AM to 9PM.
ACS will expand this post with additional photos and notes in the coming days/weeks.
Editor’s Note: thanks to ACS reader Elisa W. for the tip about the opening of Xander Coffee. If you have a tip/suggestion to make about an Atlanta coffee shop, please use the contact form.