Louisville’s favorite coffee shops

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Last week, we asked you about your favorite coffee shops in the city ahead of National Coffee Day on Wednesday, Sept. 29. We’ve put together this round-up based on your recommendations to help you plot your next cuppa joe to celebrate the coffee lover’s holiday.

Check out what to sip, what readers loved + fall drink specials at these 11 coffee spots + bonus places listed for local roasters without a cafe, and 1 unlikely stop for you to try.

Quills Coffee, 802 E. Main St.

Quills Coffee has 3 locations in Louisville, with its Main Street cafe located inside a repurposed firehouse. The 5,000-sqft coffee campus is spread between 2 buildings with a courtyard connecting the cafe + roastery out back.

What we love: Blacksmith Espresso

Fall drink special: Apple and Spice and Everything Nice Coffee Soda

Bean Roastery and Cafe, 1138 Goss Ave.

This coffeehouse, nestled in Germantown, features an array of hot + iced coffees, as well as food, merchandise, and a community printer you can use during office hours. It’s a score for those who like to work remotely.

What we love: Natural lighting + lunch options like the curried tuna salad

Fall drink special: Apple Spiced Honey Latte

Fante’s Coffee House, 2501 Grinstead Dr.

Founded by Leo Fante, a career coffee professional, the shop is passionate about sourcing the best quality coffees, whether it’s from a small farm in Costa Rica or 1 of the most esteemed coffee estates in all of Panama.

What we love: Reader Cathy B. said Fante’s is a very homey, friendly, clean spot with great indoor + outdoor venues.

Fall drink special: Campfire Mocha

Riot Cafe, 574 S. 4th St.

This social justice-themed cafe is a mix of moving parts — between being a cafe and bar, a bodega + an art gallery. Riot Cafe regularly hosts events, features local artists + local chefs creating themed menus.

What we love: It’s a 1 stop shop for all your needs

Fall drink special: Red Velvet Mocha

Sunergos Coffee, 2122 S. Preston St.

Sunergos Coffee has 4 locations in the city, but the Schnitzelburg neighborhood location is its first roastery in the city. It’s also home to the company’s training lab where baristas + wholesalers receive further coffee education.

What we love: Reader Karen H. said her son in California asks her to send him bags of Sunergos beans.

Fall drink special: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Safai Coffee Shop, 1707 Bardstown Rd.

Mike and Medora Safai, founders of their namesake coffee shop, have been roasting beans in Derby City since 1998. They also have a charitable arm, the Safai Arabica Farm Assistance Initiative’ (SAFAI) Foundation, which looks to spearhead farm conservation efforts + give farmers the ability to stay on their own land to support their families.

What we love: Reader Eric. W said Safai had the best cup of black coffee he’s ever had, hands down.

Fall drink special: Peach Cobbler Latte

La Grange Coffee Roasters, 110 E. Main St., La Grange, KY

This Oldham County coffee shop is situated in the heart of downtown La Grange and offers classic coffee + espresso drinks. They also recently unveiled their pumpkin scones, which look amazing.

What we love: Reader Carole L. said they have a very inviting atmosphere with comfortable couches and chairs + the staff is welcoming as well.

Fall drink special: Brown Butter Toffee Latte

Day’s Espresso & Coffee, 1420 Bardstown Rd.

Day’s Espresso has been a Douglas Loop mainstay since 1994 + often features the artwork of local artists on its walls. In addition to having a cozy indoor cafe space, the shop also features a to-go window in the back perfect for dog walkers looking to stop for coffee.

What we love: Iced oat milk Cortado

Fall drink special:

Brew & Sip Coffee Bar, 3800 Shepherdsville Rd.

Brew & Sip opened in August 2020 after the owners pivoted their catering business into a coffee shop during the pandemic. Now, the shop is home to a wide variety of espressos, specialty coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies + lunch.

What we love: Fish Fry Fridays

Fall drink special: Sweet Potato Pie Latte

Please & Thank You, 800 E. Market St.

Please & Thank You was established in 2011. Does anyone else remember the hardcore shows they used to host there? Today, they stick to rockin’ a dang-good espresso. In addition to this location, the company has 4 storefronts in Louisville,

What we love: The chocolate chip cookies, obviously.

Fall drink special:

Full Stop Station, 1132 E St. Catherine St.

Full Stop in Germantown is just that — your one-stop shop for food + coffee, including a robust selection of vegan eats.

What we love: Breakfast burrito + gifts from local artists

Fall drink special: Demeter’s Chai: Bhakti Chai

BONUS

White Castle, multiple locations

Stay with us here. If you’re looking for a simple, but good cup of black coffee, reader Murrell K. stands by this recommended cup.

West Lou Coffee

West Lou Coffee was established by Sean Roberson to proudly represent West Louisville. The brand currently has 3 varieties of coffee for sale: Columbian, Ethiopian + El Salvadorian blends. The brand will also look to open a storefront and you can volunteer here to help get it off the ground.

Good Folks Coffee Co.

Good Folks is an unseen force in the Louisville coffee world and beyond, as its wholesale beans end up in cafes, grocery stores, offices, restaurants + more. All of its beans are imported raw + roasted custom to order.

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