Did you know International Coffee Day is October 1? The International Coffee Organization launched the official holiday, designed to promote and celebrate the popular beverage, in 2015. If you love coffee, here are seven local shops you can visit for a celebratory brew on International Coffee Day — or any other day of the year!
A Cup of Common Wealth
Since opening in 2013, A Cup of Commonwealth has been committed to embracing and serving the community. The shop aims to be a place where people can have conversations, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones, all over a cup of coffee. They also serve sandwiches and pastries.
Chocolate Holler is a full-service coffee bar with drip coffee, espresso drinks, ice mochas, hot cocoa, and more. If you have a sweet tooth, order the sipping chocolates, which are melted down chocolate bars steamed up with a bit of whole milk, or some baked goods.
Lussi Brown Coffee Bar
In addition to lattes, drip coffee, and mochas, Lussi Brown Coffee Bar serves unique coffee and tea cocktails, like an Earl Grey Mule and an Espresso Martini. Some of the beer offerings feature coffee, too, like PBR Hard Coffee and West Sixth Cocoa Porter.
Manchester Coffee Co.
Manchester Coffee Co. is located in the Distillery District and serves locally-roasted coffee and delicious pastries. You can order their specialty blends online and get expert coffee-making advice by reading their blog.
Third Street Stuff
Once named the “Best Coffee Shop in Kentucky” by Business Insider, Third Street Stuff is an eccentric Lexington favorite known for its locally-roasted, Fair Trade Certified Organic coffee. The menu also features sandwiches, breakfast pastries, and a variety of teas.
Nate’s is known for its ethically-sourced, locally-roasted coffee. Bonus: If you love their coffee, you can sign up for a subscription on their website and brew it in your apartment every single morning.
North Lime Coffee & Donuts
North Lime donuts are made from scratch every morning. One of their delicious classics, like cinnamon sugar or chocolate iced, paired with a cup of their locally-roasted coffee, makes for a perfect morning pick-me-up.