Bellwood Coffee – Peachtree

A lovely Gilbraltar, made with The Reservoir signature espresso at Bellwood Coffee - Peachtree.I came across Bellwood Coffee, a West Atlanta roaster, at Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe in Marietta over the summer. That led me to discover that Bellwood also had a coffee shop inside a plant shop in East Atlanta Village. Even better, from my point of view, Bellwood had opened a second shop in June 2021, inside the lobby of the 1776 Peachtree office building just a few blocks from Atlanta’s Peachtree Station, where I would be arriving by train from New York City on Monday morning.

1776 Peachtree is a large, modern office building, towering over its neighbours on the west side of Peachtree Road NW. It’s hard to miss, although at first sight it’s not obvious that it houses a speciality coffee shop. I knew where I was going, but had to go up to the main doors before spotting a small sign for Bellwood Coffee. You could easily walk past without ever knowing it was there, which would be a shame, since you would be missing a gem. Bellwood serves its signature espresso, The Reservoir, from a standard menu with its seasonal decaf as an alternative, while there’s also batch brew and cold brew, plus cakes and sandwiches for breakfast/lunch.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • The twin towers of 1776 Peachtree, a modern office block near Atlanta's Amtrak station.
  • The view head on.
  • Access is via these broad, shallow steps.
  • There are a couple of tables outside in the shade, but there's nothing to suggest that...
  • ... 1776 Peachtree is home to a speciality coffee shop until you get to the door.
  • Even then, it requires an act of faith as inside you're confronted with the massive lobby.
  • There's plenty of seating here though, including these four armchairs to the right...
  • ... of the door, which are matched by these four to the left.
  • There are also sofa/armchair combinations if you prefer.
  • Moving on, a long, central seating area, with a padded sofa bench around the sides...
  • ... has plenty more seating options...
  • ... including this tall, thin, eight-person communal table which sits in the middle.
  • The view from the far end, looking back towards the door. There's another pair of oval...
  • ... coffee tables and their armchairs at this end, matching the ones down by the doors.
  • Finally, beyond the central seating area, there's Bellwood Coffee, right at the back.
  • A closer look at the counter, which is on the right, by the north tower elevators.
  • There's more seating here, in the shape of three tall, round two-person tables.
  • Another view of the tables, with the elevators beyond.
  • You order at the counter, which also has a row of chairs down its left-hand side.
  • Before we get down to business, check out the retail shelves to the right of the counter.
  • There's the usual selection of coffee and merchandising, but I was also struck by the...
  • ... gorgeous radio. And look, here's another one down by the counter.
  • And talking of gorgeous things, this fellow is perched up at the top of the shelves.
  • All visitors have access to the office's Wifi. These signs are on many of the tables.
  • Okay. Let's order something.
  • The till is at the right-hand end of the counter...
  • ... where you'll also find a chiller cabinet with grab-and-go items...
  • ... and cakes on top.
  • If you want something more substantial, Bellwood has 'sammies' (grilled sandwiches)...
  • ... while the drinks menu hangs down above the till. The batch brewer for filter coffee...
  • ... is at the back, while all the espresso drinks come from this La Marzocco Linea.
  • I started with a Gibraltar (named after the glass it's served in: think cortado for size)...
  • ... which came with some lovely latte art.
  • My coffee, surveying the counter, from one of the three round tables.
  • I was there for some time, so returned for one of the sammies as an early lunch.
  • When Amanda came to pick me up, she had a cappuccino...
  • ... so naturally I joined her with an espresso...
  • ... served with a glass of water at the side. Before we went on our way, I left the staff...
  • ... with a gift of the Happy Valley, a Colombian coffee from Manhattan Coffee Roasters.
  • In return, I received a bag of Bellwood's Kick the Can blend, which is where I'll leave you.
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When Amanda and I last made the journey from New York to Atlanta by train, just before the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, there were no conveniently-located coffee shops near Peachtree Station. This time I was travelling solo, with Amanda coming to pick me up, which made Bellwood Coffee such a great find, providing a convenient place to meet Amanda, as well as having excellent coffee to hand while I waited.

As well as being conveniently-located for the train station, 1776 Peachtree is also on the 110 bus route and just north of the sprawling I-75/I-85 interchange. If you’re coming by car (and let’s face it, most of you will be) you can park for free (just get the barista to validate your ticket).

The main entrance to 1776 Peachtree is set well back from the street, accessed via a flight of broad, shallow steps. There are a couple of tables in the shade of the extended porch to the right of the door, but if you step inside, you’ll find that you have the whole lobby (which runs down the centre of the building, all the way to the back) at your disposal. There are more than 70 seats in all, ranging from armchairs and sofas all the way to more conventional tables, with many of the seats having power and all with access to the building’s free Wifi.

Bellwood Coffee is towards the back, on the right-hand side, next to the elevators to the north tower. The main part of the counter which faces forwards, occupies the space between the wall of the lobby to the right and one of the regular square pillars which support the ceiling to the left. There’s a set of retail shelves to the right, while to the left, an extension of the counter runs back a little way from the pillar, with seating provided by a short row of high-backed bar chairs. Alternatively, opposite the counter at the front, are three tall, round two-person tables, which is where I sat, feeling connected with the coffee shop, although I could have gone anywhere in the lobby.

While its customers are predominantly the tenants of 1776 Peachtree, Bellwood Coffee is open to the general public and the staff would be delighted to see you (although I’m not sure that they’ve had many passengers just off the train from New York). Make no mistake, this is a fully-fledged speciality coffee shop, the offering centred around Bellwood’s The Reservoir, with a commendably short menu featuring espresso, Gibraltar (think cortado), cappuccino and latte, which is the largest drink Bellwood does.

There’s also batch brew, currently featuring the Kick the Can blend, cold brew and a range a teas from Milwaukee’s Rishi Tea. If you’re hungry, Bellwood has you covered too, with a range of toasted sandwiches (Sammies on the menu) for breakfast/lunch, plus a selection of cake.

As luck would have it, my train was early, so after I’d hauled my suitcase the few blocks from the station, I was ready for coffee, starting with a Gibraltar, The Reservoir going perfectly with the milk to form a rich, smooth drink with chocolate notes. I followed this up with one of the Sammies as an early lunch, which came with Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, a delicious combination.

I rounded things off with an espresso when Amanda arrived, The Reservoir impressing me just as much as it had at Tuesday Coffee + Shoppe. Before we set off, I gave the staff a gift of a bag of the Sweet Valley, a Colombian coffee roasted by Rotterdam’s Manhattan Coffee Roasters, which I’d bought at Prufrock Coffee in London. In return, I was gifted a bag of the Kick the Can blend (which I tried a sample of, a lovely, smooth, well-rounded coffee). This, in turn, ended up as a gift to the staff at Sump Coffee in Saint Louis.

Bellwood Coffee has a third location in the pipeline, its flagship Riverside cafe and roastery in Northwest Atlanta. This is where it all started for Bellwood and the site is currently under renovation, hopefully re-opening later this year or early in 2023.

Monday 08:00 – 16:00 Roaster Bellwood Coffee (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 08:00 – 16:00 Seating Tables, Armchairs, Sofas; Tables (outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 Service Counter
Friday 08:00 – 15:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday CLOSED Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 3rd October 2022

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