I hit jackpot on St. Simons Island, Georgia. In October, a new coffee shop by the named The Wake Up Coffee Company opened its doors, and I’ve gotta say that I’m impressed. Finding places that rival the quality of good local coffee shops like Two Story Coffeehouse in Athens, GA, and Joshua Cup Coffee in Macon, GA, is truly difficult, but I stand impressed. I think I’ve found a new coffee shop to frequent when I’m on the Island during the summer.
After walking in the door, the first thing you’ll notice about Wake Up Coffee is that they’re not just a coffee shop. You’ll notice that they sell a number of items of jewelry, books, and other odds and ends that are beyond the typical coffee shop fare. The next thing you’ll notice about Wake Up Coffee will probably be the coffee itself. Wake Up, much like Two Story, participates in fair-trade programs to acquire their coffee beans. Based on my experience with different coffee shops, I feel safe asserting that fair-trade coffee is of significantly higher quality than what you will find at other coffee shops, and most certainly better than the burned coffee that I’ve always experienced at the coffeeshop with the twin-tailed siren.
Wake Up Coffee’s stated goal is to “to influence people globally by involving people locally” and you’ll notice that you see elements of that missions manifested around the store – from profiles of children from third world countries to cutouts about their current projects on their cork board. So, if you’re on St. Simons anytime soon, stop by Wake Up Coffee and grab a cup. You won’t regret it.