Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urban Grind




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When I first walked into Urban Grind, I was reminded of those coffee houses you see in movies, where our hero is sitting with his significant other, a live band or poet recital in the background. It's a place where you can go to grab a quick cup of coffee, go to read a book, or listen to local artists and poets. That being said, I'd probably never go back. 

Atmosphere - The best way to describe Urban Grind is urban decay mixed with a bit of antique hipster. The shop feels clean, but at the same time there's a definite grungy aspect. It almost feels like someone's grandmother decided to up and move into a new urban environment. Concrete floors mixed with old furniture gives Urban Grind one of the most unique feels of any coffee shop I've been to, but in all honesty it's not my cup of tea.

Coffee - Urban grind brews a Colombian style coffee, and offers up the general selection of coffee drinks. I sampled their standard cup as well as a cappuccino, and both tasted good. There's nothing special about the coffee they brew (unlike Dancing Goats or Parish), but then again there's nothing wrong either. It's definitely a step up from Starbucks. 


Service - The service at Urban Grind reminded me a lot of Octane, and that's not a good thing. There's a definite vibe of "we know our coffee, so we're better than you." But more than that there was a feel of lack of professionalism here. However, they do a good job of keeping the shop clean and serving up drinks. 

Location - Good location on the west-side,  convenient for Georgia Tech students and commuters in the area.

Legitimacy - Urban Grind hasn't been around as long as other independent coffee houses in Atlanta, but it does have a pretty consistent following. Weekly music shows and poetry readings give this place a steady clientele. 

All-in-all, Urban Grind is worth a try, and definitely has a target audience. But I have to admit, that audience isn't me.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
::by Anand Nallathambi
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