Louisville has long been known for the Kentucky Derby, and maybe bourbon as well.  But it seems lately that the coffee scene has really been making a push, and there are a few notable Derby City espresso and coffee bars that deserve a little love and attention.

Right now, as I continue to learn more and more about coffee, and how to incorporate it into my daily life, without overdoing it, I find that I am leaning towards smaller local stores as opposed to a few of the large national chains that I’m sure everyone has heard of.

Louisville Coffee Shop

At the smaller local chains, I feel that I can spend a little bit more time asking questions and learning about the different kinds of roasts, or what different water temperatures might mean for the flavor of the coffee or even asking about whether or not adding cream and sugar is ok or does that defeat the purpose of buying a cup of coffee in the first place.

My first exposure to my new favorite coffee shop came after I happened upon a local store, across the street from the offices of a real estate agent I was meeting.  He had let me know that he was turning into an espresso fan himself, and frequented this particular location, so he thought it would be a great place to meet.

As it turns out, not only is my Realtor into coffee, but he’s also following some trend of actually putting butter into your coffee.  Yuck.  Or sometimes he says he puts in a tablespoon of coconut oil in his coffee.  I’m not sure what the point of adding butter or coconut oil is, but he says it all makes sense, I guess just not to me.

I don’t think I’ve seen any coffee shops around Louisville that offer either butter or coconut oil as an addition to my morning coffee, but I guess it wouldn’t surprise me if one of the newer shops popping up decided to give it a go and try it out.