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Six Small Southern Coffee Roasters to Check Out

By: The Local Palate

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The best way to make coffee at home starts with buying the finest beans. Across the South, small coffee roasters are choosing to work directly with farmers to source their product, and then roasting the beans with small-batch methods. Since we could all use a little extra zip these days, here are six of our favorite local roasters from across the South.


Lafayette, Louisiana

This Acadiana micro roaster looks from Asia to South America to source its beans, but also honors Cajun history with a line of Louisiana blends. The L’Acadie Blend is a medium roast with a tart citrus and syrupy sweet finish.

Charleston Coffee Roasters

Charleston, South Carolina

The Kiawah Organic dark roast serves up a rich, smooth taste without the bitterness that often comes with a dark roast label. All the coffees for the Charleston organic blends are sourced from certified organic farms—their commitment to quality products delivers.


Nashville, Tennessee

This zero-waste, carbon-neutral Nashville roaster puts out a range of brews sourced from farmers they’ve met and know well. Go for the Blue Heron Blend, which combines Guatemalan and Mexican beans for a chocolate base that gets punched up with the high notes of sweet citrus.


Atlanta, Georgia

With an aim to make specialty craft coffee without taking the whole thing too seriously, Docent sources beans from around the world. Cloud Walker, brewed from Papua New Guinea beans, starts with an explosively rich sip that mellows into a fruity finish.

Radio Roasters

Decatur, Georgia

Roasting since 2014, Radio Roasters puts out a number of single origin roasts as well as blends. The Best of Guatemala delivers notes of cocoa with a sweet, citrus finish.

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Tweed Coffee Roasters

Dallas, Texas

This small Texas roaster defines itself by roasting for terroir, or sense of place, rather than for specific flavor characteristics—meaning, the essence of where and how the coffee was grown. The Timepiece blend marries beans from Brazil, Guatemala, and Ethiopia for hints of dark chocolate and sweet blood orange.

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