Octane

★★★★☆
  • 1009-B Marietta St NW

    Atlanta, GA 30318

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  • 404-815-9886

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This is the place where you would want to go if you want some authentic Chinese tea in this city, they have it all and I wouldnt mind trying them all.

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★★★★★

This is the place where you would want to go if you want some authentic Chinese tea in this city, they have it all and I wouldnt mind trying them all.

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Octane is basically a hip office space that happens to serve great coffee, nibbles, and booze. I am not fan of working among 25 other laptopers with white chords dangling from their ears, so I get my java and get the hell out of there.

This morning (on Editor Jonathan Baker's recommendation via twitter) I tried their croissant with benton's bacon and tillamook cheddar cheese. It was pretty good, but strangely light and fluffy with little sign of cheese... yet I could taste it. Maybe they baked it in the croissant? Every bite with the bacon was pretty much perfection.

While it was good, but I have to say I think the ham and swiss croissant at San Fran is better. It's overly buttery and slightly greasy and you can really tell the difference between the ham, the swiss, and the flaky pastry.

In the croissant battle, I think Octane actually loses. Which is ok, because they pretty much win at everything else.

2
★★★★☆

Octane is basically a hip office space that happens to serve great coffee, nibbles, and booze. I am not fan of working among 25 other laptopers with white chords dangling from their ears, so I get my java and get the hell out of there.

This morning (on Editor Jonathan Baker's recommendation via twitter) I tried their croissant with benton's bacon and tillamook cheddar cheese. It was pretty good, but strangely light and fluffy with little sign of cheese... yet I could taste it. Maybe they baked it in the croissant? Every bite with the bacon was pretty much perfection.

While it was good, but I have to say I think the ham and swiss croissant at San Fran is better. It's overly buttery and slightly greasy and you can really tell the difference between the ham, the swiss, and the flaky pastry.

In the croissant battle, I think Octane actually loses. Which is ok, because they pretty much win at everything else.

Pros: great coffee, great pastries, they serve booze

Cons: crowded, too many laptops, lack of parking

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Great selections and a good atmosphere .

2
★★★★★

Great selections and a good atmosphere .

Pros: They remeber us everytime we go in

Cons: None

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I spent a night out with friends here, and the staff was friendly and the drinks delicious. The seating isn't the most comfortable, but we didn't have any trouble parking on a side street on a Saturday night.

4
★★★★☆

I spent a night out with friends here, and the staff was friendly and the drinks delicious. The seating isn't the most comfortable, but we didn't have any trouble parking on a side street on a Saturday night.

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Atlanta needs more of these coffee shops. I love Octane because it is hip and they have a diverse menu. I have been going there for almost 4 years now and I have tried alot of their drinks. Almost everything I tried there was really good and I like their food too. However, one thing that does turn me off about this place are the prices of their meals which are overpriced.
Anyways, I love their music but I do think that it is too loud sometimes.
I also love the art there.
This place has become so popular that it is hard to find a seat. I used to go to Octane back in 2005 to just study but now it is always too crowded or too loud to concentrate. I go there now with my friends to just relax and talk.

2
★★★★☆

Atlanta needs more of these coffee shops. I love Octane because it is hip and they have a diverse menu. I have been going there for almost 4 years now and I have tried alot of their drinks. Almost everything I tried there was really good and I like their food too. However, one thing that does turn me off about this place are the prices of their meals which are overpriced.
Anyways, I love their music but I do think that it is too loud sometimes.
I also love the art there.
This place has become so popular that it is hard to find a seat. I used to go to Octane back in 2005 to just study but now it is always too crowded or too loud to concentrate. I go there now with my friends to just relax and talk.

Pros: great coffee, lattes, pretty much great anything&good music

Cons: too loud and crowded, overly priced meal items

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This is a great place to go and get some work done. It's usually peaceful and quiet, with free wireless internet and plenty of tables to pull out a laptop. Great drinks and food make this place a wonderful choice!

4
★★★★☆

This is a great place to go and get some work done. It's usually peaceful and quiet, with free wireless internet and plenty of tables to pull out a laptop. Great drinks and food make this place a wonderful choice!

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First time to this coffee shop and will defintely return. I wanted something that was not on the menu, the employee offered me a drink that was very close to it and I agreed. The beverage was very good, came in a small almost-shot-glass. The seating arrangement was okay, as there were many people there. The wifi was easy to log onto and the store music was different but fun. Parking is not so hot, only a few spaces.

2
★★★★☆

First time to this coffee shop and will defintely return. I wanted something that was not on the menu, the employee offered me a drink that was very close to it and I agreed. The beverage was very good, came in a small almost-shot-glass. The seating arrangement was okay, as there were many people there. The wifi was easy to log onto and the store music was different but fun. Parking is not so hot, only a few spaces.

Pros: Free Wifi, Comfortable seating, Intelligent employees

Cons: Not many parking spaces, hard to find a seat at times.

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I always love going to Octane - It's the best coffee in town (by far). I love the feel, style and very friendly employees (who are always up for a chat!). Its fab coffee during the day and great wine at night. I never have a problem with parking, I just wish this city had more places like this.

2
★★★★★

I always love going to Octane - It's the best coffee in town (by far). I love the feel, style and very friendly employees (who are always up for a chat!). Its fab coffee during the day and great wine at night. I never have a problem with parking, I just wish this city had more places like this.

Pros: Fab Coffee

Cons: Wish there was more places like this

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The music they play in there is very good, but VERY loud. The coffee is delicious as is the orange dulce tea. The kitchen closes at 10PM, but the place stays open 'til midnight, and I went up to the register at not even 10:03 and they said that they couldn't make me a salad. Way to lose revenue. I worked at an Italian restaurant and we would serve them at least fifteen minutes after closing time. The people who frequent it seem pretty snooty.

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★★★☆☆

The music they play in there is very good, but VERY loud. The coffee is delicious as is the orange dulce tea. The kitchen closes at 10PM, but the place stays open 'til midnight, and I went up to the register at not even 10:03 and they said that they couldn't make me a salad. Way to lose revenue. I worked at an Italian restaurant and we would serve them at least fifteen minutes after closing time. The people who frequent it seem pretty snooty.

Pros: Free wifi, good coffee, good tea

Cons: Snooty atmosphere, LOUD music

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Not only does the coffee please, but the beer selection entices, and the food is above par for a coffee house. The service is very NYC in its curt manner and efficiency. It is impatient only to those 'southern shoppers' (Defined as: Wal-Mart Shoppers who lean on their carts and stroollll in the middle of the aisle.) who rightly deserved to be hurried with 5 people in line after them.

The only complaints I can muster are: 1) the space isn't larger, and 2) the parking is far from perfect. The 'hipster' feel I find quite entertaining, you can eavesdrop on conversations/debates with topics from Israeli politics to Rocket Science (literally, curse those over-achieving Techies...) to the latest in Atlanta's self-declared 'underground' music scene. Hipsters can't claim a monopoly over this jewel, the coffeehouse is becoming very popular with the nearby interior designer/art business world, with client-designer meetings over a belgian ale common about 2:30PM.

Overall, Excellent... Warning to potential patrons/Octane's management: The space is already filled with a student crowd, and GT/SCAD/GSU have yet to come back in session for Fall Semester. Tables and parking are going to become non-existant after Labor Day. 'So it Goes.' Vonnegut would say. Another coffeehouse becomes too popular for its own good.

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★★★★★

Not only does the coffee please, but the beer selection entices, and the food is above par for a coffee house. The service is very NYC in its curt manner and efficiency. It is impatient only to those 'southern shoppers' (Defined as: Wal-Mart Shoppers who lean on their carts and stroollll in the middle of the aisle.) who rightly deserved to be hurried with 5 people in line after them.

The only complaints I can muster are: 1) the space isn't larger, and 2) the parking is far from perfect. The 'hipster' feel I find quite entertaining, you can eavesdrop on conversations/debates with topics from Israeli politics to Rocket Science (literally, curse those over-achieving Techies...) to the latest in Atlanta's self-declared 'underground' music scene. Hipsters can't claim a monopoly over this jewel, the coffeehouse is becoming very popular with the nearby interior designer/art business world, with client-designer meetings over a belgian ale common about 2:30PM.

Overall, Excellent... Warning to potential patrons/Octane's management: The space is already filled with a student crowd, and GT/SCAD/GSU have yet to come back in session for Fall Semester. Tables and parking are going to become non-existant after Labor Day. 'So it Goes.' Vonnegut would say. Another coffeehouse becomes too popular for its own good.

Pros: Coffee, Coffee Drinks, Microbrew selection, Live Music, Free WiFi

Cons: Crowded, Parking

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When Octane made the change from drip coffee to French press, I was ecstatic. They already "had me at hello," with their great beverages, delicious sandwiches and friendly service, now I simply cannot go anywhere else for my caffeine fix. No other place in town offers coffee this delicious, and French-pressed at that! Parking might get tricky during busier times, but I somehow always manage to find a place on the street. People also tend to flock here for their lunch fare, so plan ahead. But let me tell you, their food is worth the wait, and their sandwich and soup specials are very reasonable.

Did I mention the free wifi? Yes, that is the metaphorical cherry on top.

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★★★★★

When Octane made the change from drip coffee to French press, I was ecstatic. They already "had me at hello," with their great beverages, delicious sandwiches and friendly service, now I simply cannot go anywhere else for my caffeine fix. No other place in town offers coffee this delicious, and French-pressed at that! Parking might get tricky during busier times, but I somehow always manage to find a place on the street. People also tend to flock here for their lunch fare, so plan ahead. But let me tell you, their food is worth the wait, and their sandwich and soup specials are very reasonable.

Did I mention the free wifi? Yes, that is the metaphorical cherry on top.

Pros: coffee, espresso, atmosphere, seating, service

Cons: parking

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Though I don't drink coffee, I try to frequent Octane since I work nearby and usually have a short time for lunch. So today I gave Octane a third and final chance to improve their speed on food service. There was none to be had. Even my coworkers warned me beforehand, but I really want to love this place. Basically, I ordered two sandwiches and a soup. It took nearly half an hour! Is it that hard to throw some fixin's on some bread? Honestly. Not only that, but the portions are tiny for the prices they charge, and the sandwiches come with some pretty poor excuses for chips and a pickle. Not to mention the soup, I guess the special was Tomato Basil, but it's been that for over a month. Nothing special at all. Seemed like it came straight out of a can and salty to boot. I know that "food" isn't their main offering, but geez, it wouldn't hurt to have some stellar sandwiches. I think I'll be going to Toscano and Sons where the paninis are almost two dollars less and larger than the portions at Octane, and I could do without the requisite hipster scowl that seems to pervade this place. I've been there, done that. I guess I'll just settle for my usual, the Mighty Leaf green tea until i give the food another go some other time when I have an hour or more for lunch.

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★★★☆☆

Though I don't drink coffee, I try to frequent Octane since I work nearby and usually have a short time for lunch. So today I gave Octane a third and final chance to improve their speed on food service. There was none to be had. Even my coworkers warned me beforehand, but I really want to love this place. Basically, I ordered two sandwiches and a soup. It took nearly half an hour! Is it that hard to throw some fixin's on some bread? Honestly. Not only that, but the portions are tiny for the prices they charge, and the sandwiches come with some pretty poor excuses for chips and a pickle. Not to mention the soup, I guess the special was Tomato Basil, but it's been that for over a month. Nothing special at all. Seemed like it came straight out of a can and salty to boot. I know that "food" isn't their main offering, but geez, it wouldn't hurt to have some stellar sandwiches. I think I'll be going to Toscano and Sons where the paninis are almost two dollars less and larger than the portions at Octane, and I could do without the requisite hipster scowl that seems to pervade this place. I've been there, done that. I guess I'll just settle for my usual, the Mighty Leaf green tea until i give the food another go some other time when I have an hour or more for lunch.

Pros: Selection of tea

Cons: Food

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Absolutely THE best place to hang out, grab a cup of your favorite blend, and surf the net. If you are in need of a late night study session in a place with free wifi, let Octane be your choice. With their doors open until 12 and their impeccable coffee selections, Octane is by far one of the most enjoyable coffee shops in town. Tucked away off Howell Mill and Marietta Street, this place is a little hidden slice of heaven. The baristas and accompanying staff are all very friendly, always offering you suggestions if you're stumped as to what to get during your visit. The vibe is trendy an highly enjoyable for anyone looking to get away from the distractions of a dorm, apartment, or just looking to spend the night in a different atmosphere. Slight downside: limited seating! If you're planning a late-night cram sesh with a study group, get there early! This place tends to get packed from the 7-10pm hours with Georgia Tech and Georgia State students. I only have to look down on the reviewer below's insecurity and blaming Octane for it!!! Octane, thank you for the late nights and strong coffee we've shared together. There are many more to come!

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★★★☆☆

Absolutely THE best place to hang out, grab a cup of your favorite blend, and surf the net. If you are in need of a late night study session in a place with free wifi, let Octane be your choice. With their doors open until 12 and their impeccable coffee selections, Octane is by far one of the most enjoyable coffee shops in town. Tucked away off Howell Mill and Marietta Street, this place is a little hidden slice of heaven. The baristas and accompanying staff are all very friendly, always offering you suggestions if you're stumped as to what to get during your visit. The vibe is trendy an highly enjoyable for anyone looking to get away from the distractions of a dorm, apartment, or just looking to spend the night in a different atmosphere. Slight downside: limited seating! If you're planning a late-night cram sesh with a study group, get there early! This place tends to get packed from the 7-10pm hours with Georgia Tech and Georgia State students. I only have to look down on the reviewer below's insecurity and blaming Octane for it!!! Octane, thank you for the late nights and strong coffee we've shared together. There are many more to come!

Pros: Fabulous baristas, Great music, Comfortable seating.

Cons: LIMITED comfortable seating, limited parking.

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I have been to Octane several times and I am always glad that I chose to go there instead another cafe/coffee bar such as Starbucks. There are big comfy couches, bar seats, or tables available for seating and the coffee lounge itself is very spacious. I love to study there because the lighting is not so insanely bright, the music is good, the coffee is strong, and hey... they have free wifi - can't beat that!

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★★★★★

I have been to Octane several times and I am always glad that I chose to go there instead another cafe/coffee bar such as Starbucks. There are big comfy couches, bar seats, or tables available for seating and the coffee lounge itself is very spacious. I love to study there because the lighting is not so insanely bright, the music is good, the coffee is strong, and hey... they have free wifi - can't beat that!

Pros: free wifi

Cons: parking

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I love visiting new coffee shops and this was a little hidden gem on Howell. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a very cool and young atmosphere filled with the wonderful coffee aroma. Great place to hang out and talk or just come on your own with your computer because they have wifi.

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★★★★★

I love visiting new coffee shops and this was a little hidden gem on Howell. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a very cool and young atmosphere filled with the wonderful coffee aroma. Great place to hang out and talk or just come on your own with your computer because they have wifi.

Pros: ambience

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I saw a post on here disparaging my 2nd home! I felt I must write :)

Octane is hip, no doubt. But never smug. The staff there are about the nicest people you'll ever meet. Truly. But here are a few other things that keep me going back.

The place. It's warm, it's cool, and it is very social. For some reason people there just get to talking. And it's a crazy mix from artists and hipsters to business folks. Talking and hanging out. With people unlike themselves. Imagine that...

The coffee. Well, this is where I learned to be a coffee snob. I used to think Starbucks was just fine - good in fact. Now I'm spoiled. There are a lot of reasons that it's better, but here is one few know about: They pull thier espresso in a technique called "Ristretto" (yeah, that's where I stole my screen name...). In short that means that the espresso is naturally sweeter and richer. The concentration of beans to water is double what it would be at a chain and it's just a hard expensive thing to do. But once you have had it? There is no going back.

The beer. Huh? The BEER?!? Yeah, it's another little secret. Octane has the most desirable selection of hand-crafted high gravity beers in Atlanta. This is also where I became a beer snob (boy, I have really turned into a snob!). But once you have had the glorious monk brewed beers of Belgium, it's hard to go back.

Octane is one of those places that makes your day just a little bit better. And what could be better than that?

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★★★★★

I saw a post on here disparaging my 2nd home! I felt I must write :)

Octane is hip, no doubt. But never smug. The staff there are about the nicest people you'll ever meet. Truly. But here are a few other things that keep me going back.

The place. It's warm, it's cool, and it is very social. For some reason people there just get to talking. And it's a crazy mix from artists and hipsters to business folks. Talking and hanging out. With people unlike themselves. Imagine that...

The coffee. Well, this is where I learned to be a coffee snob. I used to think Starbucks was just fine - good in fact. Now I'm spoiled. There are a lot of reasons that it's better, but here is one few know about: They pull thier espresso in a technique called "Ristretto" (yeah, that's where I stole my screen name...). In short that means that the espresso is naturally sweeter and richer. The concentration of beans to water is double what it would be at a chain and it's just a hard expensive thing to do. But once you have had it? There is no going back.

The beer. Huh? The BEER?!? Yeah, it's another little secret. Octane has the most desirable selection of hand-crafted high gravity beers in Atlanta. This is also where I became a beer snob (boy, I have really turned into a snob!). But once you have had the glorious monk brewed beers of Belgium, it's hard to go back.

Octane is one of those places that makes your day just a little bit better. And what could be better than that?

Pros: coffee, ambience, service

Cons: parking

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Free wireless, good coffee, and a pretty hip place at night. Good all-around spot to spend time. The parking isn't the most convenient (sort of cramped at times) however the inside environment is definitely nice. I've studied for a few exams there and was definitely happy about the decision. A much better choice than the trendy (and loud) Starbucks.

PROS: Free wirless, good coffee, spacious interior
CONS:

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★★★★☆

Free wireless, good coffee, and a pretty hip place at night. Good all-around spot to spend time. The parking isn't the most convenient (sort of cramped at times) however the inside environment is definitely nice. I've studied for a few exams there and was definitely happy about the decision. A much better choice than the trendy (and loud) Starbucks.

PROS: Free wirless, good coffee, spacious interior
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Smug hipsterism at its worst. I've never been so insulted by an employee, and for what? Simply wanting to support independent coffeehouses, driving a long distance to the middle of nowhere in some supposedly chic but really just baren area of the city? No, of course not. I was insulted for nought. A completely laughable lack of customer service gives one pause to ask - what would hipsters do without their elitism? Get off your highhorses and provide for the customer. You should be ashamed of yourself, oh you, Octane, you chic and sleek and sick coffee bar. Avoid like the plague unless you want your cred checked out as you walk through the door. Go to Dr. Bombay's or somewhere more likable instead.

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Smug hipsterism at its worst. I've never been so insulted by an employee, and for what? Simply wanting to support independent coffeehouses, driving a long distance to the middle of nowhere in some supposedly chic but really just baren area of the city? No, of course not. I was insulted for nought. A completely laughable lack of customer service gives one pause to ask - what would hipsters do without their elitism? Get off your highhorses and provide for the customer. You should be ashamed of yourself, oh you, Octane, you chic and sleek and sick coffee bar. Avoid like the plague unless you want your cred checked out as you walk through the door. Go to Dr. Bombay's or somewhere more likable instead.

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If you want atmosphere, great service, and great coffee you must visit the Octane Coffee Bar. It is the most comfortable place to enjoy a splendid cup of joe, catch up on work using their free wifi or relax and read a book. The staff is kind, accomodating and fun! I even mail order their coffee and have it sent to my home in NC because no other coffee compares!

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★★★★★

If you want atmosphere, great service, and great coffee you must visit the Octane Coffee Bar. It is the most comfortable place to enjoy a splendid cup of joe, catch up on work using their free wifi or relax and read a book. The staff is kind, accomodating and fun! I even mail order their coffee and have it sent to my home in NC because no other coffee compares!

Pros: Staff, Atmosphere, Quality

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This is an awesome coffee shop. The drinks are great, music is great, internet is free, seats are comfy. Overall, a nice change from those big chained coffee shops. They also serve sandwiches and other lunch stuff in addition to coffee and desserts. Free refills on special of the day. If you've got your laptop, you can easily spend a whole day there. Don't forget to try their "coolants".

PROS: free internet, free refills on special of the day
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★★★★★

This is an awesome coffee shop. The drinks are great, music is great, internet is free, seats are comfy. Overall, a nice change from those big chained coffee shops. They also serve sandwiches and other lunch stuff in addition to coffee and desserts. Free refills on special of the day. If you've got your laptop, you can easily spend a whole day there. Don't forget to try their "coolants".

PROS: free internet, free refills on special of the day
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Octane is beyond a coffee shop. Octane is a sense of belonging!

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Octane is beyond a coffee shop. Octane is a sense of belonging!

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Definitely the coolest coffee bar in Atlanta. Great ambiance with a cool vibe. I love the comfy furniture and the acid jazz in the background. And while I mention the coffee last, it is better than any cup at Starbucks, Caribou or Aurora. I know that I sound like a homer, but you are missing out if you don't try this place out.

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★★★★★

Definitely the coolest coffee bar in Atlanta. Great ambiance with a cool vibe. I love the comfy furniture and the acid jazz in the background. And while I mention the coffee last, it is better than any cup at Starbucks, Caribou or Aurora. I know that I sound like a homer, but you are missing out if you don't try this place out.

Pros: Ambiance, Coffee, Customer Service

 

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