our story

Since 1996, our family has focused on bringing the best in specialty coffee, cold brew, & more to Boston's North Shore. The Atomic Cafe's first shop opened on Cabot Street in Beverly, MA, fulfilling a dream (seriously, like one that comes when you're sleeping, not a daydream) that Andrew Mahoney had shared with his brother, John, a few years earlier.

John was initially skeptical. "We don't know the first thing about running a cafe," he would object, to which Andrew is famously said to have replied, "How hard could it be?" with a cavalier shrug. Turns out, it can be pretty hard. Operating a cafe takes, not only an enthusiasm for coffee, food, and culture, but also it takes some gruelingly hard work, a committed, and likewise enthusiastic staff of baristas, as well as a lot of luck.

A lot has changed in the 22 years since we first opened that Cabot Street location, including moving our flagship store right across the street (no seriously, directly across), roasting all Atomic coffee at our own roastery in Salem, building a new facility for cold brew & nitro cold brew in Danvers, and beginning to put more of a focus on wholesale. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our passion for coffee. We roast, grind, and cold-brew all Atomic products ourselves. It's why we wake up in the morning, and how we sleep well at night, knowing we delivered the best possible cup of coffee to you each and every time.


The Mahoney Family