I recently had the chance to stop by local coffee roaster 1000faces Coffee on a weekday morning. The building is full of light and smells rich and warm from the roasting coffee beans. It’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave. While I wandered around the room, looking at the gorgeous shelves full of all kinds of goodies, there were bags being filled with beans and friends chatting away while they worked.
After a few minutes, Nicky (the fabulous front of house manager) slid a hot cup of slow-dripped coffee over to me it the neatest little enamel mug. It was a gorgeous, smooth cup of their William & Maria, named for the couple who oversee the coffee farms in Costa Rica where the beans originated. One of the most beautiful things about 1000faces Coffee is their relationship with each farmer from whom they source their beans.
The steaming cup was pretty perfect. I drink my coffee black, on most occasions, and this particular blend was smooth and bright…give me a cup of that any day.
While they have relationships with the coffee farmers in all kinds of places, they also have a supremely local vibe. Their coffee is roasted by hand, by a small team right here in athens. The neat enamel coffee mugs have an illustration on one side, a goat-herder based on the mythical origin of coffee. This was created by a local artist, David Hale of Love Hawk Studio, and they take pride in that. You can see those mugs all over the roaster, right next to a few beautiful wood-burned signs, created by another Athens artist, Jess Dunlap.
You can find 1000faces Coffee all over Athens, or just stop by the roaster for a cup and a bag of beans. (You might even be able to grab a cup while you work over at Broad 9A.) Even though the weather is slightly cooler these days, you could head out in search of a batch of their cold brew, too. If you’re not a local, head right here and order a couple of bags. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Are you a coffee lover, too? Don’t hesitate, try out that William & Maria, like now.