Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe

Detail from the door of Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe in Marietta: "Tuesday" is written in script, with the church across the road as a backdrop.Having come from the relative coffee-rich Bay Area, with several day-trips to San Francisco and one to Oakland under my belt, I flew to Georgia at the end of July with no great expectations when it came to coffee. However, last weekend, Amanda took me over to Marietta, where we found an absolute gem in Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe, located just north of Marietta Square on Church Street.

A relative newcomer, Tuesday opened in October 2021, providing top-notch coffee (roasted by West Atlanta’s Bellwood Coffee) from a standard espresso-based menu, along with batch brew filter. There’s also a selection of other drinks, plus a range of cakes from the bakery next door, all of which makes up the coffee part of Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe.

The shop is represented by an interesting range of bespoke products displayed on the left-hand side of the neat little space. Due to Tuesday’s size, indoor seating is limited to a four-person bar, while there are two benches and four two-person tables outside on the quiet street, with plenty of shade from a combination of trees and parasols. Note that Tuesday only has takeaway cups at the moment, so don’t forget to bring your own.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Walking north along Church Street from Marietta Square, and look what we found! It's...
  • ... Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe. Here's the view looking back towards Marietta Square...
  • ... while this is the view head on, where I am once again thwarted by a parked car!
  • In a preview of what's the come, the A-board is simplicity itself.
  • There's plenty of outside seating, including four of these two-person tables on the...
  • ... pavement, plus there's this bench, with another in front of the window to the left.
  • Stepping inside, this is almost the entirety of Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe in one photo.
  • Starting on the left, this is the shop part of Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe. Moving around...
  • ... to the right, we have the counter at the back, which is the beginning of the coffee...
  • ... part, which concludes with this neat little four-person bar, the only internal seating.
  • We finish our 360 degree tour with a view of the front of Tuesday from the inside.
  • It's always nice to have your name on the door.
  • There are several nice touches, including this flower display in a corner. There's also...
  • ... a plant at the front, where the windowsill has been co-opted for display purposes.
  • This is the start of the shop part, which is mostly displayed on this bespoke shelving unit.
  • It's mainly bespoke, handmade products. These Kinto tumblers are an exception...
  • ... but the range is quite eclectic, going from jewellery...
  • ... through handmade pottery cups...
  • ... to bath bombs and food products, which are on...
  • ... the top shelf. The shop's been really succesful: a bigger shelving unit's on the way...
  • ... to replace this one (both made by Saha Design). There's more to the right...
  • ... including this selection of cards. There's one more addition to the shop on the other...
  • ... side, where there's a small range of retail bags of coffee from Bellwood.
  • To business. You order at the counter at the back, while off to the left is...
  • ... is a fridge full of cold drinks.
  • Cakes are in this display case, all baked by the cake shop next door...
  • ... although these are all samples, not actual stock for sale.
  • There's also chocolate and other goodies on the counter by the display case.
  • Coffee is on the other side of the counter, up against the right-hand wall.
  • The straws, by the way, are plant-based and biodegradable.
  • Last, but not least, the menu is on the counter, held in place by a wooden bird.
  • The menu in more detail. There's quite a range of espresso-based drinks, so I ordered...
  • ... a cortado in my HuskeeCup, while Amanda had a flat white in my Frank Green Ceramic.
  • My cortado in more detail...
  • ... along with its latte art...
  • ... which lasted to the bottom of the cup. Amanda also had...
  • ... some latte art in my Frank Green Ceramic (never the easiest cup to pour into).
  • We liked the coffee so much, I bought a bag to bring back to Amanda's...
  • ... where I pulled a shot on Amanda's Coffee Gator espresso machine.
  • 16 grams in, 33 grams out in 27 seconds. Pretty damn good for a first try!
  • And here's the result, a lovely espresso in my Kaffeeform cup. All that remained was to...
  • ... try the espresso at Tuesday itself, which I did the next day, when Amanda and I...
  • ... popped in to say hello. This is Amanda's flat white (in my HuskeeCup!).
  • I also dropped off a present, a bag of the Baroida Estate from CoRo in Berkeley.
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Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe is on the western side of Church Street, 1½ blocks north of Marietta Square. There’s not much to it, just a simple shop front, the central door flanked by a tall window either side. Most of the seating is outside on the pavement, with a short bench under each window and a row of four well-shaded, two-person tables alongside the street, where there’s plenty of free parking.

Inside, the layout’s extremely simple. The counter, at the back, runs nearly the full width of the shop, the cakes on the left, menu and till in the middle and espresso machine, a La Marzocco Linea, at the far end on the right, its back to the wall at 90° to the counter. The only seating is on the right, where a four-person bar stands against the wall, the end nearest the counter doubling as a display area for retail bags of Bellwood Coffee.

That concludes the coffee side of Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe, with the left-hand wall given over to the shop. You’ll find all sorts over here, displayed on a large, bespoke shelving unit, beyond which are hangers for t-shirts and hand-woven baskets, plus a display stand for greetings cards. Locally-produced, bespoke items is the name of the game, with everything from peanut butter and olive oil through candles and bath bombs to pottery and jewellery. The only mass-produced things I saw were Kinto Active Tumblers.

Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe is a family affair, run by husband-and-wife Andrew (coffee) and Morgan (who curates the shop, did the interior design and runs her own photography studio). Morgan is a local, while Andrew has roots in Korea and Taiwan, studied in California and lived for many years in the UK, including Folkstone and London, where he cut his coffee teeth at the Department of Coffee. This was before moving to Marietta with Morgan, where he worked in several coffee businesses prior to opening Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe.

Next door is Lush Cakery, a bespoke cake baker which also makes all Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe’s cakes. However, the relationship goes deeper than, Tuesday occupying what used to be Lush Cakery’s tasting room. Another local connection (this time with an international twist) is the furniture/fittings, which were made by Raz, a friend of Andrew and Morgan from London who also moved to Marietta, where he founded Saha Design.

The bespoke shelving unit (one of Raz’s designs) has recently been sold to a customer of Tuesday’s to make way for an even larger unit that Raz is building. It turns out that the shop has been hugely successful, so Morgan is expanding the range of products, which in turn requires more display space, hence the bigger unit.

Turning to the coffee, Andrew uses The Reservoir, Bellwood’s “year-round” coffee, currently a Peruvian single-origin. I had a cortado in my HuskeeCup, while Amanda borrowed my Frank Green Ceramic for a flat white, which she said was like drinking chocolate cake. Normally I prefer a cortado to a flat white, but in this instance, the extra milk really rounded out the coffee, which made me want to try it as an espresso. As a result, I bought a bag to take back to Amanda’s, using her Coffee Gator espresso machine to pull a surprisingly good shot. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting from how it was in milk, but it was really tasty, a nicely balanced, well-rounded espresso.

Now I just have to go back to try it at Tuesday’s…

August 2022: I actually managed this sooner than I expected, popping back the day I published this Coffee Spot. As well as trying the espresso, which was even better than the one I’d made, I also dropped off a gift, a bag of the Baroida Estate, a naturally-processed coffee from Papua New Guinea that I’d bought at CoRo Coffee Room in Berkeley earlier on in the trip.

Monday 07:00 – 16:00 Roaster Bellwood (espresso + batch brew)
Tuesday 07:00 – 16:00 Seating Bar; Benches, Tables (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 16:00 Food Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 16:00 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 16:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00 Wifi No
Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 Power No
Chain No Visits 7th August 2022

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