At Derby City Espresso, the espresso drinks are derived from either a single or double shot of its espresso, which is made from its La Marzocco Linea espresso machine. A Cubano, which is just a sweetened version of espresso, runs $2 for a single and $3 for a double. DCE’s beer menu appeals to the senses of a beer lover's suds-soaked dreams, with premium craft beers that fall within the affordable price range of ($4–$8). An expansive menu of more than 50 loose-leaf teas completes the selection.
During his nearly 15 years in the bean-brewing business, James Linton has learned precisely what it takes to beat out the larger, corporatized chains and their assembly-line lattes. "What separates us is customer service … really getting to know your customers, their families, talking to them," he says, recalling a daily customer who lengthens her morning commute substantially just to stop in for her cappuccino. A&J Coffee Shop's baristas prepare their premium lattes and cappuccinos, customizable in 70 flavors, out in the open, allowing the customer to note the care and blown kisses that go into each cup.
James estimates the café's favorable location, within the University of Louisville Health Care Outpatient Center's lobby, generates foot traffic of 3,000–4,000 passersby each day, many of whom stop in, intrigued by the complex aromas of top-shelf espresso beans and fresh café fare. Catering services include a mobile coffee bar that encompasses every coffee drink permutation possible and, all served on elegant, delicate china.
The atmosphere of Bluegrass Blends percolates with the energy that radiates from fresh-brewed coffee drinks and healthy shakes packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Friendly baristas chat with customers as they pull fresh shots of espresso, which form smooth, creamy lattes when topped with steamed milk or frothed with a soprano saxophone. All-fruit smoothies brim with colorful blends of berries and bananas; peanut butter, soy milk, or whey powder hop into the mix to create hearty protein shakes. The café’s libations find sweet and savory counterparts in a menu of baked goods such as muffins, bagels, and all-natural oatmeal.
The menu at Life Bar is designed to keep bodies humming at optimal levels?whether increasing energy, shedding a few pounds, or looking for a vitamin boost.
Starting with 100% plant-based super-food smoothies, staffers blend a healthful mix of coconut milk, raw honey, and all organic produce such as ginger and organic pineapple. Add on individual boosters for an extra kick of antioxidants, proteins, or vitamins; bee pollen to promote longevity; and hemp-seed protein to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Customers on the go may use the online app to pre-order drinks.
As a dedicated breakfast and lunch joint, The English Muffin serves its classic morning fare all day long. Well, at least until 3 p.m., anyway. The chefs whip up everything one might hope to see on a breakfast plate. Eggs and bacon abound, though the sweeter elements of a morning meal such as french toast or pancakes dusted with powdered sugar are also available.