Sunday, July 15, 2012



This is one of those places you see while driving around town, or maybe on the internet, and think to yourself, "One day..." Well, Jaclyn and I decided to make time and actually stop in for a drink and a review. Before I continue, in order to be completely fair, I have to mention that we checked out the Virginia Highlands location. There is a Little Five Points location, which we've heard somewhat better things about. With that said, we were not impressed by any measure. 

Aurora advertises itself as Atlanta's favorite coffee shop (confirmation pending), but I honestly can't see why. They broadcast themselves as independently owned and run, and a friendly place where the locals can drop on in for a refreshing cup of coffee. And from what I can tell, the coffee is about the only reason to check out Aurora. From the service to the actual storefront, everything seemed very bare bones, and hastily put together at that. There are a few redeeming qualities to Aurora, but quite honestly I'd prefer a Starbucks over this place any day of the week. And Starbucks has better hours.

Atmosphere- Let's start with the positives. On a sunny day, this is a very sunny place to be. And that's enough of the positives. The interior feels like it was thrown together using materials found in a restaurant dumpster. The floors look like the carpet was recently torn up and removed...and nothing was ever put in to replace it. There's a minimal amount of seating, but the minimalism exists both indoors and outdoors.

Coffee- Aurora serves Batdorf & Bronson coffee, which you know we love. They have the standard espresso drink options you'd expect, but no real variety or uniqueness as you would find at some place like Cafe Intermezzo, or even Starbucks. 

Service- The service is what you'd expect from a pretty standard coffee shop. I find that ironic considering how Aurora is trying to distance itself from standard coffee shops. And the staff isn't exactly what you'd call friendly either. 

Location- Aurora is located in Virginia Highlands, which is one of my favorite parts of Atlanta. It's an extremely welcoming and pleasant place to step outside and enjoy the weather. However, there are better coffee shops to start your VH adventure.

Legitimacy- Two locations, Counter Culture coffee, and a regular crowd speak highly of Aurora's legitimacy. But the sparse menu choices and lack of service detract from it greatly.

*Note that the Highlands Store has closed.

Overall Rating - 2 Stars
::by Anand Nallathambi 
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