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So you’re in town for the Derby Festival. Or maybe you’re new to the city and want a great cup of coffee. Keep in mind, this is in no way a comprehensive list, and there are many more fine coffee places in Louisville. Website and location is linked in the heading. Feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments!

Highland Coffee

What to order: the Highland Royale, with hazelnut syrup, espresso, steamed milk, and your choice of homemade blackberry, caramel, chocolate, toasted marshmallow or regular whipped cream.

Please & Thank You 

What to order: the Ganache Latte, with big pillowy marshmallows and dark chocolate. Make sure you get a chocolate chip cookie too, Please & Thank You is famous for them. 


What to order: the espresso. Gralehaus has a fancy-schmancy espresso maker you won’t find anywhere else in town.


What to order: the Black-and-White, iced and blended into a perfect, half dark chocolate half white chocolate coffee smoothie. So sweet and perfect.

Heine Bros

What to order: the Vint Julep, a “Derby favorite featuring smoked bourbon sugar and mint julep sugar from Bourbon Barrel Foods.” Or pictured: the Beekeeper, with local raw honey and cinnamon. 


What to order: the Veloce, a bitter, perfect, sweet, beautiful espresso shot with cream and vanilla syrup.

Sister Bean’s

What to order: the Chai Latte, which one of our writers says tastes like the milk left over after a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Mrs. Potter’s Coffee Lounge & Café 

What to order: the Honey Latte, with espresso, steamed milk and honey. Add a shot of maple spice syrup for extra oomph.

Blackbeard Espresso Food Truck

What to order: espresso, obviously. Or, the CoCoMo, with Sunergos espresso, coconut syrup, Giradelli chocolate and steamed milk topped with extra creamy whipped topping, chocolate sauce and coconut.  

Red Hot Roasters

What to order: the Red Velvet, “not quite chocolate or vanilla, flavor of the classic Southern cake frozen in a cup.”

Four Sisters

What to order: the Nutella latte. No explanation needed, really. 

Happy caffienating! 

Photos are credited in the headings, with the exception of the photographs for Quills, Please & Thank You and Sister Bean's, which are courtesy of Elizabeth Myers and Krysten Robinson.

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Big fan of bacon and bourbon, deep fried anything, sweet tea and sweet nothings.

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