A café and an art gallery in one: the unique approach to coffee Taste and See Coffee Shop


Mercer students looking for a new place to grab their coffee and hang out with friends should check out Taste and See, a cafe and art gallery at 546 Poplar St. here in Macon.

Guests at Taste and See enter a natural and warm atmosphere with an artistic vibe. Comfy sofas line the walls of a rustic exterior alongside wooden tables and chairs. Additionally, works of art, such as handcrafted jewelry, photographs, and paintings, are represented throughout the store and are available for purchase.

Beautiful paintings lining the walls alongside natural lighting and polished wood create a cozy atmosphere inside Taste and See.

Considering it’s an art gallery, Taste and See is spacious. There is room for customers to walk around and admire the work and decor. Kevin Reaves, a Mercer University alumnus and one of the owners of Taste and See, makes many of the artworks seen in the store.

Sofas placed in front of a stone fireplace allow for a more relaxed environment for students looking for a study environment or families wanting a place to meet and catch up. Taste and See uses wooden furniture, stunning artwork and natural lighting to create a comfortable environment that reminds its customers of home.


Taste and See offers a variety of items on its menu, including customizable sandwiches, salads, and bagels. Also on their menu are smoothies, milkshakes and tea, both hot and iced.

“It’s like the brunch dishes, and we have a few desserts,” says barista Jordan Shimek. “We have breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, cheesecake, we usually have quiches, we always have muffins and scones, and we rotate our pastries,” says Shimek. “We have cinnamon rolls which are very, very popular. They smell amazing.

Taste and See promotes the use of high quality, natural ingredients in everything they make. Desserts are prepared in-house by the General Manager, and no artificial sweeteners or flavors are found in their syrups and sauces.

“A lot of our ingredients are local,” says Shimek. Taste and See coffee comes from Griffin-based Safehouse Coffee Roasters.

Macon vendors drop off ingredients, such as honey, at Taste and See.

“I feel like the attention to detail with ingredients has a lot to do with owners having a lot of food sensitivities,” Shimek says.

Their value in using natural ingredients is one of the ways Taste and See stands out from most coffee shops. A plethora of options includes, but is not limited to, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian/vegan items.


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