By Josh McAfee, Harlie Collins, and Anyssa Roberts
A Cup of Commonwealth

Fairly new on the café scene, A Cup of Commonwealth offers a basic coffee menu. But this quaint downtown café has quickly gained a reputation not only for its quality coffees, espressos, and teas; not only for exceptional customer service; but for its commitment to this community and its citizens. Most notable among Commonwealth’s focus on citizens is the exceptionally popular “Pay It Forward” board, which allows patrons to spread goodwill by paying for another customer’s coffee on their next visit. Downtown • 105 Eastern Ave. • (859) 255-0270 •
Coffee Pub
This local favorite serves up classic coffee, specialty coffee drinks, teas, smoothies and more alongside classic southern breakfast, brunch and lunch dining options. Housed in a 19th century building, which formerly served as a tack shop, Coffee Pub channels its bluegrass roots with menu offerings such as “Giacomo” (eggs and hash), “Funnycide” (burger), and “Seattle Slew” (reuben). The 2-2-2 breakfast (2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon or sausage) or the cinnamon roll, are favorites among the regulars. South Elkhorn Village • 4401 Harrodsburg Rd. • (859) 224-0099 •
Coffee Times
This café has been hooking up locals with their java fix for more than 30 years. Coffee Times offers over 60 coffee varieties, including single-origin beans, house blends, and specialty flavors such as Kentucky Bourbon and Southern Pecan, all roasted in-house. Tea lovers can also get their fix here as there is a wide variety of black, green, rooibos, oolong, and various flavors available. An adjacent gift shop offering charming coffee and accoutrements is the perfect place to peruse as the barista preps your order. Zandale • 2571 Regency Rd. • (859) 277-9140 •
Commong Grounds
Lexington’s love affair with this cozy café began in 1992. A wide selection of coffee, tea, and cocoa is paired with a large food menu which boasts muffins, wraps, paninis, salads, and of course, desserts.  Local art adorns the walls, but the artistry doesn’t stop there – every Monday is ‘Open Mic Night’ and features musicians, poets, and orators. ‘The Grounds’ recently opened a second location in Champions Court dorms on UK’s campus. Downtown • 343 East High St. • (859) 233-9761 •
The Daily Grind
This tiny hidden gem caters to everyone from ‘regular joes’ to high-end coffee junkies.  Need your espresso, mocha, latte, frozen drink or smoothie fix fast?  Daily Grind has a drive-through that does not skimp on great customer service. You can round you café experience and pair your caffeine with a selection of classic bakery offerings such as muffins, scones, pastries, cinnamon rolls, or even the ever-popular Spalding’s donut! Tates Creek • 4772 Hartland Pkwy • (859) 230-3515

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