The idea for Leestown Coffee House was born out of years of commuting to and from Lexington and noticing a lack of convenient local options for coffee.
Owners (design/quality engineer) Thomas Ward and (photographer) Bre Taulbee started renovations in March 2020, with plans of being open in May. Covid-19 delayed those plans significantly but the Grand Opening finally took place on Oct 2-4, 2020.
Meet the Team
Michael has been involved in the service industry for almost 12 years and has been in the coffee industry for the last 5 of those. He not only works at the shop but also owns and operates City Roastery, which supplies the coffee beans to the shop. They offer a wide range of ethically sourced, high quality coffee from around the world. All of their coffee is also 100% Organic and Fair Trade certified. Check out more about them at cityroastery.com
Emerson grew up in the Lexington area, which sparked her love of the food service industry. She has been a barista for three years and has a passion for good coffee. She started working at Leestown Coffee during the grand opening in September, and has really enjoyed meeting new customers and serving Lexington.
Roberta moved to the U.S. from Brazil and lived in San Diego, CA for nine years before moving to Kentucky. "My time there taught me a lot about the many differences society exudes. I’ve been in Kentucky for six years now and enjoy what this part of the country has to offer. I enjoy baking, photography, working out and spending time with my family and friends. My passion is everything to do with coffee. I have worked in coffee industry for 10 years now and enjoy serving those who also love coffee."