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ATLANTA COFFEE ROASTERS For those who prefer to know where your food comes from, look no further for your coffee fix. From its roasting to its brewing, Atlanta Coffee Roasters makes its coffee completely in-house. The shop is cozy and typically not overcrowded, making it a great place to either meet up with friends or escape them to get some work done. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2205-F LaVista Road. 404-636-1038. www.atlantacoffeeroasters.com.

CAFE INTERMEZZO This dimly lit, romantic facsimile of the 19th-century coffeehouses where poets and scholars loafed and discussed their philosophies offers not only a dazzling array of teas, coffees and mouth-watering pastries, but serves meals as well. But be prepared to wait for a table! This popular spot tends to be packed. Brookwood: Mon.-Thurs., 10-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10-3 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight. 1845 Peachtree Road. 404-355-0411. Dunwoody: Sun.-Thurs., 10-1 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight. 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. 770-396-1344. www.cafeintermezzo.com.

LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS This scenic, out-of-the-way coffeehouse not only serves great coffee to patrons, but provides a living wage to the Rwandan coffee farmers who keep it stocked. The organically grown coffee's sale is part of a larger movement to help Rwanda work toward a stable economy. Roswell: Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 352 South Atlanta St. 770-645-1149. Walton: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 6640 Akers Mills Road. 770-955-0788. www.landof1000hills.com.

OCTANE COFFEE BAR AND TEA LOUNGE Emory Village's famed coffee shop Method reopened under new ownership and a new name in early August as the second outpost of the Westside favorite. Octane will stick with Method's tasty offerings of organic, fair-trade teas, and its variety of sipping chocolate -- beverages so foamy and rich you'll think you're drinking a chocolate bar. But its remodeled interior will look better than ever and will make the perfect place for you to study before that big exam. Emory: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 1593 N. Decatur Road. 404-549-8942. Westside: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-midnight; Fri., 7-1 a.m.; Sat., 8-1 a.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com.

TILT COFFEE SHOP It's easy to tell that Tilt is in the historic art district. Its main shop doubles as a gallery for the area's rising artists, and its adjoining performance and party spaces are host to book signings and indie-film screenings. Vegetarian-friendly fare, affordable drinks and a hip, fun atmosphere help make it a favorite hangout for the college crowd. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 274 Walker St. 404-688-4284. www.tiltroom.com.

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