Erika Preval - Simply Put

Octane Coffee – The Office


It’s taken awhile for me to post my first Eating Local entry. That was due, in part, to the fact that I dine out a lot and enjoy a great majority of the local restaurants that I happen upon. This made for an amazingly difficult choice of who to lead with. It just came to me this morning, though, to begin with the place where “it all” started – The Office!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed that during the pre-launch and early days of Charm Etiquette, I spent a lot of time doing work at Octane Coffee’s Grant Park location. It didn’t take long before I began referring to it as The Office. I got to know the staff there, stayed true to my goal of supporting local business, and found the perfect balance of white noise and people watching to spur on the creativity needed to start a business of my own. Little did I know that my frequent visits would also change my palette for coffee (my apologies, Starbucks) and incite urges to attend cuppings and such.


I’ve met lots of charming people and created great memories at Octane. I’ll share this one: I was writing copy for Charm’s website one morning, and a small group entered Octane. Casually dressed (smartly so) but in a bit of a hurry – production cameras in tow, they placed their orders and sat down in preparation for a meeting of sorts. A tall gentleman in jeans and a button-down joined them 10 minutes later. Double take. It was Anthony Bourdain! He was quite the gentleman, patiently taking photos with fans and the Octane and Little Tart Bakery staff. I snapped this from my desk – my sole momento of the day one of my favorite culinary icons stopped by The Office.

Octane Coffee - Atlanta Locations

Westside (Original) | 1009-B Marietta St | Atlanta, GA 30318
Grant Park (The Office) | 437 Memorial Drive Suite A5 | Atlanta, GA 30312

Brittany B.. saysFebruary 12, 2014

Great choice for your first post. The staff and selections at Octane are always at their best.

    Erika Preval saysFebruary 12, 2014

    Thank you, Brittany! Octane is definitely a local favorite. I plan to visit their Birmingham location soon, and update this post. Now. What local restaurant to feature next week?

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