Dancing Goats Midtown

The logo for The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar , a goat dancing on its hind legs holding a cup of coffee, taken from the sign outside the Midtown location in Atlanta.I didn’t have much chance to visit coffee shops during the week in I spent in Atlanta with Amanda, since we were staying in the suburbs, a 40-minute drive from the city. We visited Octane: Westside and Firelight Coffee Roasters when we arrived on the train from New York, but the next time we were in the city centre was on my way to the airport for my flight to Chicago at the end of my stay.

We could have gone straight to the airport, but instead we made a detour to the Midtown reason to visit Dancing Goats (or to use its full name, The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar Midtown). Dancing Goats (part of Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasters) is one of four Atlanta-based coffee shops (with another five in Washington State, where it all started).

Dancing Goats is firmly in the speciality coffee world, but with a mass-market offering. There’s a small espresso-based menu combined with a much larger menu offering the typical American “large” drinks, featuring 20oz lattes amongst other things. The retail coffee offering mirrors this, with multiple blends supplemented by a smaller range of single-origins. Meanwhile, if you’re hungry, there’s a small range of cake.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Midtown Atlanta, as seen from across the street.
  • And this, by the way, is what's across the road: the Midtown combined MARTA/bus station!
  • We're on Peachtree Place, by the way, and this is the view approaching from the west.
  • The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar continues a long way down the street...
  • This is the view coming the other way down Peachtree Place, where there's an...
  • ... outdoor seating area, which is below street level at this end of the coffee bar.
  • Access is only via the coffee bar, by the way. This gate can't be opened from this side.
  • Nice sign.
  • The doors are at the right-hand (western) end. Let's go in.
  • The doors open onto a row of retail shelves and a one-way system which leads to the...
  • ... right-hand end of the coffee bar, then funnels you back to the counter, where you order.
  • Looking back from the far end of the counter, where you collect your coffee.
  • The seating is the other end of the coffee bar...
  • ... starting with this U-shaped extension to the counter, great for barista watching.
  • These window bars are at the front, occupying the last two windows.
  • Behind them is this seven-person round table.
  • Another view of the table, this time from the other side.
  • There's more seating tucked away in the corner behind the round table...
  • ... where this broad pillar screens the area off from the rest of the coffee bar.
  • A view back along the two window bars from the far end of Dancing Goats.
  • However, that's not all. The double doors at the far end lead to the outside seating area.
  • Immediately to your left is this four-person table. There's another one in the other corner.
  • A row of tables/chairs run along the far (left-hand) wall of the outdoor seating area...
  • ... with a matching set running along the opposite wall down the side of the coffee bar.
  • There's one more four-person table in the corner at the back.
  • The view of the outside seating area, seen from the back.
  • Good news for me. Not so good for the smokers.
  • Let's go back inside.
  • Despite all the windows, there are plenty of light fittings inside. There are standard ones...
  • ... and more fancy ones. These hang in the windows along the front.
  • To business. You have to file past the retail selection on your way to the counter.
  • There are lots and lots of bags of coffee for sale!
  • Many of these are blends...
  • ... but there are also single-origins available.
  • The full list.
  • At the far end, there's another set of shelves (for equipment this time) in the window.
  • Next comes a chiller cabinet with cold drinks and a grinder (for retail bags, I think).
  • This is followed by the cake selection...
  • ... then the till, beyond which is the coffee-making part of the operation.
  • The menu, meanwhile, is on the wall behind the counter.
  • The coffee-making section: espresso, right; pour-over, left; batch-brew, back.
  • I loved the orange La Marzocco Strada espresso machine.
  • The houseblend and decaf are on espresso and batch brew (plus a single-origin espresso).
  • Meanwhile, there are two regularly-changing single-origins on pour-over...
  • ... which are made using the Chemex on the Seraphim automated brweers.
  • Some interesting details on the coffee, along with a tasting wheel.
  • Amanda and I ordered the two single-origin pour-overs (note each has its own grinder).
  • The Seraphim follows a pre-programmed recipe, with set doses of water delivered at...
  • ... specific times. You can also set the temperature of the water at each step.
  • Due to COVID-19, the coffee was served in disposable cups, which we then poured into...
  • ... our own reusable cups. My HuskeeCup for me...
  • ... and my Global WAKEcup for Amanda. The lids also made good saucers...
  • ... for the two mini-doughnuts, which is where I will leave you.
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Dancing Goats is a local to both Atlanta (where it’s the third of four, having opened in 2017, ten years after the first) and Olympia (where the first Dancing Goats opened in 1988, followed by three more, with another in Lacey). Dancing Goats also purchased Batdorf & Bronson, which was established in 1986, and started roasting in Atlanta in 1994.

The Midtown coffee bar is on Peachtree Place (half of Atlanta’s streets seem to be called Peachtree something-or-other), directly opposite the Midtown MARTA/bus station, making it easily accessible by public transport (rare for Atlanta). Even better, there are direct MARTA trains to/from the airport! It’s a long, high-ceilinged affair with four sets of tall windows facing the MARTA station, separated by wide, brick pillars. Three are to the left of the glass double doors, with the fourth to the right. Meanwhile, at the left-hand end, is a sheltered, shaded outdoor seating area slightly below pavement level, accessible through the coffee bar.

The counter, opposite the doors, occupies the right-hand third of Dancing Goats. A set of retail shelves funnel you to the right, then you double back on yourself to go past the counter, where you order and collect your coffee. The seating is in the remaining two thirds of the coffee bar, starting with a nine-person, U-shaped extension at the end of the counter. There are two curved, five-person window-bars along the front, occupying the two windows at the left-hand end.

Behind the first of these, in the middle of the room, is a large, round, seven-person table, while to the left of that, a long, thin pillar separates the rear left-hand corner from the rest of the room. There’s a two-person padded bench on either side of the pillar, facing front and back, each with a pair of round, two-person tables. Finally, in the corner holds a solitary, oval, six-person table.

The concrete outside sitting area is accessed through a pair of glass double doors in the left-hand wall. There are round four-person tables in three of the four corners, two at the front (to your left as you come through the doors), the other in the back-left corner. Between them, tables line the walls, with three on each side, separated by red, wire chairs. Note that the outdoor seating area is no-smoking.

Turning to the coffee, the Dancing Goats house-blend (regular plus decaf) is on espresso and batch-brew, while there’s also a single-origin espresso which changes every few days (it was a Costa Rican during our visit). If you don’t want a latte (which comes in 12, 16 and 20oz sizes), Dancing Goats has a 4.5oz cortado and a 6oz cappuccino, plus there’s a double-shot espresso, plus macchiato and con panna options.

Along with the batch-brew options, Dancing Goats has a pair of single-origins on pour-over, made using the Chemex and the Seraphim automated system. These change slightly more frequently than the single-origin espresso and were an Indonesian Sumatra Mandheling and a Guatemalan Volcan while we were there.

One of the advantages of travelling with Amanda is that we can try twice the coffee, so we ordered one of the pour-overs each, plus a pair of mini doughnuts and a lavender-walnut scone, both of which were awesome. As usual, Amanda had the more refined palette, so while I got the deep, rich flavour that I associated with all Indonesian coffees before I discovered Ngopi, she got cedar and orange, with a touch of clove. Similarly, while I’d say the Guatemalan was a typical central American, Amanda was getting cinnamon notes. Either way, we both enjoyed both coffees.

33 PEACHTREE PLACE NE • ATLANTA • GA 30309 • USA
www.batdorfcoffee.com +1 404-600-6547
Monday TBC Roaster Batdorf & Bronson (espresso + filter)
Tuesday TBC Seating Tables, Window-bars, Counter; Tables (outside)
Wednesday TBC Food Cake
Thursday TBC Service Counter
Friday TBC Payment Cash + Cards
Saturday TBC Wifi Free (with login)
Sunday TBC Power Yes
Chain Local(ish) Visits 14th March 2020

April 2020: please note that during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Midtown Dancing Goats is temporarily closed, although you can still order coffee beans on-line.


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