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 Designed to appeal to both coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike, Latte Da Coffee promises to have something for everyone.

Located in the Porterdale Mill Lofts, the coffee shop, which opened to the public last week, is painted in an array of sunny colors with a liberal sprinkling of daisies everywhere. The café is also equipped with free wi-fi and XM radio and two large television screens.

Owner Lisa Davis said she envisions Latte Da Coffee as a place patrons can come to at all hours of the day - in the early morning for an espresso and bagel before hitting the road, in the afternoon for lunch and at night for some studying or heart-to-heart conversation with friends.

"Our goal is to have you come in the morning and stay till you go to bed," said Davis who also owns a shop in Olde Town Conyers called Social Graces

Latte Da Coffee is a full-line coffee shop serving frapacinos lattes, cappuccinos, etc.

"We're going to actually make our espresso shots the right way," Davis said.

While prices at Latte Da Coffee are comparable to Starbucks, Davis said it is the service customers receive at her café which sets them apart from other coffee shops.

"The personnel sets us apart," said Davis. "Our goal for this isn't just to be a job. We need to fit in and contribute to the community of Covington and Porterdale. What we think we're doing is giving you a better drink at an equal or somewhat less price."

In addition to coffee Latte Da Coffee serves a number of other items, which will appeal to both coffee and non-coffee drinkers.

"Even if you don't like coffee, you can still find something you like," said Davis.

Latte Da Coffee serves a number of pastry items from a high-end bakery as well as panini sandwiches during lunch hours and breakfast items during the morning.

Davis said staff was currently experimenting with the café's breakfast menu to get a feel for which items customers most want in the morning.

Eventually Davis said she would like to see Latte Da Coffee host solo music performers and have open readings and board game nights. Book clubs and community organizations are also invited to hold their meetings at the coffee shop she said.