Coffea Coffee House

Coffea was established in 2007 in downtown Lexington, KY, just off the University of Kentucky’s North campus.

We present excellent coffee/espresso drinks, an array of loose-leaf teas and a tasteful selection of pastries and food.

1 review

  1. Drink: Americano (Hot, One size only)

    Atmosphere:
    The layout of the inside is essentially a big “U” shape, with the counter on the inner curve. The lighting is warm, with only a little natural light. Décor accents follow a rainforest / nature vibe, with tree-trunk columns rising out of the floor and bamboo shoots covering the ceiling (It reminds me of a cooler Panera Bread). Seating is a mix of booths and normal café chairs, with about 20 tables in total.
    The clientele is mostly students – not surprising given its proximity to UK’s campus. It’s fairly empty during my visit, but the students that come in look ready to hamper down and study, so I could see seating being an issue during peak hours.
    When I arrived they were playing some mellow rap/R&B (unedited – who doesn’t love a few f-bombs in the background while trying to study O-Chem?), but after about 20 min the music just stopped….and then after a 15 min hiatus it returned, this time with more of a grunge/punk rock flavor. I’m 99% sure it’s just the barista with an aux cord. Volume level was low enough to let headphones drown it out if you felt so inclined.

    Service:
    There was only one person working during my visit, but there was not much of a crowd so the wait time was fine. I will say if you come here expecting the ultra-efficient assembly line style of Starbucks, you will be disappointed. Maybe they have a better system when it gets busier, but with only one person handling drinks, food, and payment, I saw a line quickly grow even though the flow of patrons was pretty slow. Come here expecting at least a 5 min wait. The barista seemed to know a lot of the people coming in, and made pleasant conversation with almost everyone.

    The coffee:
    Their Americano comes in 1 size, which appears to be 16 oz. for $2.89. It’s a little weak, like it would be better served as a 12 oz. Still, there are some promising notes of caramel and hazelnut, and it’s served at a good temperature. I don’t think I would come back for the coffee alone, but it’s good enough to make this place a viable option if all you want is some caffeine and a place to do some work.
    Side note: It says they serve Sunergos Coffee, which is a Louisville based company that appears to source and roast their own beans.

    The verdict
    Nice local study spot, so-so coffee but a good vibe for being productive.

    Misc. Notes:
    -Free off street parking for customers (in back)
    -Large selection of teas
    -They have some unique food options, including Nutella toast, pb&j, and an “Elvis”.

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Rose Street 385
Lexington 40508 KY US
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