Dale B. Donchey of Steady Hand Pour House - Biography

Atlanta, GA

January 2012

Barista-Owner Dale Donchey has done his tour of duty in the Atlanta coffee scene, starting out at the now defunct Method Coffee Bar and Tea Lounge, where he first met his current partner Jordan Chambers. When the owners abruptly left the shop, Donchey and Chambers were the only employees remaining, and the two toughed out a few last weeks together, struggling to use tip money to buy beans. Despite these dire conditions, the duo chose to persevere rather than bolt from the business. After working 10 months as baristas at Octane Coffee (which took over the Method space) and completing a consulting job for Wolff Coffee Roasters in Australia, the two were ready to run their own venture. First came Rattletrap, where Donchey and Chambers equipped a 1982 Volkswagen with two Groove espresso machines and took brews to the street. A few months later, Donchey and Chambers went full circle by taking over the original Method-turned-Octane space, opening Steady Hand Pour, their own technique forward coffee shop.