Savannah Coffee Roasters

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Savannah Coffee Roasters

Meet Lori & John –  The origin of coffee in Savannah dates back to more than a century ago, when Edgar R. Morrison founded The Savannah Coffee Company on Bay Street in 1909. Eventually, the name was changed to Savannah Coffee Roasters when the first store opened inside the Oglethorpe Mall in the eighties.  Today, owners, John and Lori Collins are taking Savannah’s coffee culture into a new era, while upholding the standards of the delicate roasting process that has endured for more than three generations.  

    Originally from Australia, Lori followed her dreams to the Coastal Empire in search of a location where she could open a café, and although she was not a coffee drinker at the time, one taste of the fresh Savannah Coffee Roasters brews and Lori was hooked.  She purchased the company from owner, Hayden Banks, and began operating as a wholesale business from a small roasting warehouse located in East Savannah.  Lori realized her goal of expanding the business in 2013 and acquired the 8500 square foot building formally occupied by the Kutchey Auto Parks Store and Warehouse on Liberty Street. Collins invested a significant amount of money and time to transform the once disused building, about to be demolished for town houses and offices, into the modern bistro that now stands in its place. This accomplishment earned her the Savannah Economic Development and Renewal Authority’s Golden Broom Award in 2015. 

    Guests to the café are invited to observe the process onsite at the roastery, where John can be found creating signature blends such as, Moon River, Captain’s Choice and the house favorite, Good and Evil Blend. Coffee isn’t the only thing that is offered at the café and diners can also enjoy a gourmet menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to fresh baked breads and pastries. The Morrison Room, located on the second floor is the perfect venue for private parties and on Friday evenings, the space is transformed into a live Murder Mystery Theater.  Lori and John have also recently added catering to their long list of endeavors, providing food for weddings, luncheons and events including, the Faces of the South Anniversary Party.  

    The Collins’ newest venture is the welcome addition of a second Savannah Coffee Roasters location inside of the Jepson Center for the Arts on Telfair Square. Open for lunch, the sister location provides the perfect alternative to most of the noisy and crowded downtown haunts and ushers in a new phase for the business.  

“No wonder there is something magic about the effects of a cup of good coffee. It has gathered to itself the glory of Southern suns and the mystery of
tropic nights.” 

– Editor of Simmon’s Spice Mill, “The Poetry and Romance of Coffee”

215 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA savannahcoffee.com 912.352.2994

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Events Calendar

  • Savannah Music Festival

    Mar 26, 2020
    12:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Various Locations

    From March 26 through April 11, the Savannah Music Festival hosts musical visionaries and creative artists from across the United States, as well...

  • Newport Pig Cookin' Contest

    Apr 03, 2020
    6:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Newport Community Park

    The USA's largest whole hog BBQ pig cookin' contest invites you to join us for two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations. Crafts, variety...

  • Blowing Rock Trout Derby

    Apr 04, 2020
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Broyhill Park

    Celebrate the first day of trout season with a friendly competition! Prizes awarded in several categories- no pre-registration required. Free fun...

  • Cooper River Bridge Run

    Apr 04, 2020
    8:00 AM

    2020 ROUTE 10K is point to point, from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. You must wear your race (bib) number to be allowed on the course...

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • Power Yoga Principles

    Mar 07, 2020
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    This class is intended for students who are new to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, as well as those hoping to learn more about finding their best...

  • Beaufort Water Festival 5K/10K

    Apr 04, 2020
    All Day

    The 65th Annual Beaufort Water Festival welcomes you to the Festival's first event of the year, the 5k/10k on Saturday, April 4,...

  • "Emperor"

    Apr 10, 2020
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Filmed in Savannah, “Emperor” is inspired by the legend of Shields “Emperor” Green, a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in...

  • 2020 Red Shoes Run

    Apr 11, 2020
    8:00 AM

    Our annual Red Shoes Run is a morning full of fun for the whole family.  There will be food, drinks, games, music and more for...

  • Publick Day

    Apr 18, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Beaufort Historic Site

    An old-fashioned flea market on the Beaufort Historic Site with vendors selling antiques and collectibles, art, crafts, handmade jewelry, books,...

  • Cars & 'Q for the Cause

    Apr 18, 2020
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Choate Construction

    Join Choate Construction for the 11th annual Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, featuring 120-plus stellar cars; tasty BBQ, craft brews and wine; silent...

  • "Diving Deep"

    Apr 19, 2020
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” is a captivating behind-the-scenes look at charismatic ocean-explorer and filmmaker Mike...

  • Trail to Ale 5K

    Apr 23, 2020
    6:00 PM @ Buckwalter Place Commerce Park

    One-of-a-kind 5K happy hour event for runners, walkers, young professionals, all professionals, companies, community and more! Run through the...

  • Relationship Therapy

    Apr 24, 2020
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Savannah African Art Museum

    ​Marriages can be very complicated, especially when having to deal with your husband’s wives. Multipurpose Room, Carriage House (2nd floor),...

  • House of Blues: Willie Jackson’s Tybee Blues Band and Eric Culberson’s Band

    Apr 24, 2020
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The Tybee Post Theater is going to be transformed into a House of Blues with two headliners on one stage for three hours of high-octane boogie...

  • Ignite the Senses Autism Awareness 5K Race

    Apr 25, 2020
    7:00 AM @ Lowcountry Community Church

    The Autism Awareness 5K Bubble Run is a Obstacle & Mud Runs race in Bluffton, South Carolina consisting of a 5K Novelty Run/Walk. 5K Bubble...

  • Tybee Turtle Trot

    Apr 25, 2020
    7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join us on Tybee Island and run to support our nesting sea turtle monitoring program. Starting and finishing at the Tybee pier and pavilion, the...

  • Girls Night Out, The Show! 2020 Get Wild Tour!

    Apr 25, 2020
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Ladies, it’s your turn to have some Fun! Mark your calendar and bring all of your friends for an epic night of fun and excitement with GIRLS...

  • PRC Earth Day 5K Race at Palmetto Bluff

    Apr 26, 2020
    9:00 AM

    The PRC Eco Initiative presents the 2020 Earth Day 5K at Palmetto Bluff on April, 26th. This will be our first Sustainable running event of the...

  • 2020 Tybee Wine Festival

    Apr 29, 2020
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights at the Tybee Wine Festival. Now in its 12th year, the Tybee...


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Scenes of the South

FACES OF THE SOUTH-THE TRILOGY GALLERY 5

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

FACES OF THE SOUTH-THE TRILOGY GALLERY 4

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

FACES OF THE SOUTH-THE TRILOGY GALLERY 2

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

FACES OF THE SOUTH-THE TRILOGY GALLERY 3

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

FACES OF THE SOUTH-THE TRILOGY GALLERY 1

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

February Brews for a Cause

February's Brews for a Cause was held at the Drayton Hotel on Thursday, February 27th. South Magazine and Southern Eagle teamed up to raise money through a large silent auction for the Savannah Ambucs organization. Craft Beer samplings from Wild Leap Brewing, alongside appetizers from the Drayton Hotel were offered to guests.

2020 Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association held its annual Southern Coast Heart Ball on Saturday, February 8th at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction, dinner and program, and dancing to end the evening. All proceeds went to the Open Your Heart campaign.

4th Annual Hearts for Healing Gala

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center held its Fourth Annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, February 7th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Guests enjoyed gourmet dining, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction benefitted the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center's program for individuals with disabilities.

IDC Benefits the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire

The LeClerc Family owners of IDC (International Diamond Center) in Savannah 349 Mall Blvd held a benefit to support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Guests enjoyed light food and drinks, while bidding on several silent auction items, including autographed footballs and helmets donated by Anthony Lanier II.

Royce Learning Center Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast

The Royce Learning Center held their annual low country boil and oyster roast on Saturday, February 1st. Guests enjoyed mingling over the seafood selection. Royce Learning Center meets the needs of children and adults with learning differences and literacy needs through its unique programs.