Want Coffee? Want Wine? Go to JavaVino


Article by Grady McGill

Photography by Grady McGill

You know the saying "a yawn is a silent scream for coffee," right? JavaVino can answer the call to you in no time. Like local coffee? I do too! Who doesn’t? I’m all about supporting local coffee places. 

My favorite place in Atlanta is JavaVino, which is both a coffee and wine shop located in Poncey-Highlands. Its slogan is “the true seed to cup experience,” and it’s true. In the morning, you can have your coffee fix, and in the evening for happy hour, you can have wine or a beer. JavaVino sells wine, beer, tea, White Claw seltzers and Champagne. 

It’s a great place to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and have sandwiches, bagels and croissants. The best-selling breakfast sandwich is the breakfast burrito, and toward lunch, it’s the Chicken Melt Your Socks Off. As you switch to an afternoon wine, try the cheese board (five cheeses served with a fig spread and crackers) or the best-selling dessert, the chocolate peanut butter pie. Best of both worlds, right?

JavaVino is a family locally owned business by Steve Franklin and his wife, Heddy Kuhl. They opened the shop back in 2004, which means they’re celebrating their 16th anniversary celebration of business. 

The coffee shop is in a nice small house, which is fitting because it’s a family-owned business. Steve’s wife’s family is six generations in the coffee business, dating back to the late 1800s. They grow the coffee beans on their coffee farm, Selva Negra Coffee Estate, in Nicaragua. They are 100 percent Arabica coffee and respect the environment. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified, USDA Organic Certified and even Bird Friendly Certified. This is sustainable coffee at its best. As soon as it’s shipped from Nicaragua, the beans are roasted at their warehouse in nearby Decatur. 

Your taste buds should be satisfied in no time. If you are a regular, they offer a loyalty rewards system where you can gain stars and get rewards. One of my favorite things was going to JavaVino once a month for the public wine tastings in the wine lounge upstairs. But, thanks to COVID-19, it’s on hold. However, they’re still being true to their love of wine and sharing it but offering discounts on many bottles. I’ve purchased several in the past weeks, and my favorites are Pasa rosé, La Ferm Julien red and Douglass Hill chardonnay.

Like many coffee shops, JavaVino has been doing takeout only during the pandemic with temporary hours. JavaVino takes your safety seriously by constantly cleaning and sanitizing regularly, keeping up with health guidelines from the CDC and health officials, social distancing marks, wearing gloves, requiring masks for both employees and customers and a maximum of three customers. 

While the changes are in place during the pandemic, you’ll still receive the warm, welcoming customer service and you can still be able to gain stars and redeem rewards.

When you’re in Atlanta and want a fantastic cup of coffee from a family-owned, female-run business, then head over to Poncey-Highland and make yourself at home at JavaVino.

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