Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Star Provisions

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I'm especially proud of this coffee spot because it's not quite on Google's radar. You won't find out about Star Provisions' coffee on Yelp or Urbanspoon. No, no. You will have to discover it on your own, just like I did a while back. 
I can't recall what initially drew me inside that chilly Saturday morning after my weekly yoga practice at Lulu Lemon, probably just a healthy curiosity, but once I found myself inside the cute, lively, Eurpoean-esque market, I was delighted to find that fresh Batdorf & Bronson coffee was among the mornings offerings! I remember drifting through the bakery section and then following my nose as it carried me to the source of the espresso smell in the back corner of the market. Lovely!
The chance to compliment my zen session with SP is what now propels me to wake up ever so early every Saturday for yoga.I know that I'll get to cross over the railroad tracks on the Westside Provisions bridge and pop into Star Provisions for the perfect, piping-hot cup of Batdorf & Bronson coffee. Dark roast, please!
Atmosphere - Star Provisions boasts one of my favorite types of cafe atmosphere. Similar to Alon's, Star Provisions is set up as a gourmet market. Shoppers circle the store, browsing the offerings at the individual cheese, meats, and wine sections. They linger at the fresh baked breads in the deli, and stumble upon interesting kitchen and home accouterments on the way. They may even pause to take in the entrance to Bacchanalia, found in the rear of the market and undoubtedly wish they were dining their tonight.

To narrow in on the coffee tie to Star Provisions I have to first set you up with some history. The coffee was once sold in the the back pocket of the market by a little, sweet, old woman... but those days are long gone. The coffee station has transformed. Now the coffee shop is it's own entity, a separate shop located outside of Star Provisions, directly on the left from the front doors and vended by a snooty foreign man, which is permissible as it adds to the atmosphere.
There are multiple places to sit down and Star Provisions can hold an impressive amount of people. Seating options include long, community-style tables inside as well as tables all along the exterior walls overlooking the Westside district and JCT's courtyard. 
In my opinion, coffee at Star Provisions is best enjoyed in the company of friends as the busy market is not so conducive to work, study, or solo theoretical contemplation on the complexity of life. SP will most likely be busy, but not overwhelming or loud. The last time I was there was around lunchtime on a Saturday and I had to admit that they handle the volumes of people that were visiting quite well. Be careful not to stop in on Sundays though as they are closed.

Coffee and Legitimacy- The coffee sold at SP is Batdorf & Bronson, which makes sense as the B&B roastery is only about a mile down the road. They have always had a light roast and dark roast ready to serve and it has always been fresh. Other espresso drinks are always on the table. I ordered a macchiato on my last visit and it was exquisite! The option to buy beans is also available, as well as numerous other coffee tools and accessories. Star Provisions is connected to one of the two 5-star restaurants in Atlanta so you know quality is a serious factor, which gives SP our "legit" stamp of approval.

Service - The shop is well maintained and the staff are normal-to-friendly, except for the new barista man. He's not much of a chatter, which is fine because I would rather him channel that energy into my drink! As this market is tied with Bacchanalia all the staff wear aprons, a nice polishing touch.

Location - The Westside Provisions District in West Midtown is a wonderful place for the Star Provisions coffee shop. It's pedestrian friendly yet there's plenty of parking. Westside Provisions offers so many great eating and shopping options and it's sorta picturesque with the bridge and the white lights in the trees that they keep up year-round.


Overall Rating : 5 Stars

:: by Jaclyn Overall
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