Who's Hanging in the Shops? - MAY


Laurie White's animal portraits bring a warmth and joy to the UofL Cafe that cannot help but bring a smile to your face. Laurie received her B.F.A in painting and B.A. in graphic design from Western Kentucky University. After graduation, she returned to her native Louisville, KY, where she currently works as a freelance portrait artist, fine artist, and illustrator. Her pieces explore the figure through both acrylic and digital painting. On display in our cafe are a variety of dog and cat breeds. You can find more of her work at upcoming Flea Off Market venues, her Etsy store (LaurieMKWhite), or her website (www.lauriemwhite.com). She also does custom portraits of the special furry friend in your life. 


We are excited to celebrate Alex O'Nan's anniversary with the railroad this month by showing a series of his photographs from his journies. Here is what Alex has to say about "Exhibit A."

This collection of photographs is a documentation of my career as a railroad conductor to date. Over the last 15 years, I have tried to photograph a different side of trains, one that is not just loud or intrusive on your commute, but one that shows the fascinating beauty of these giant things you rarely think about that move everything all the time.

Early on in my railroad career, an engineer on the brink of retirement advised me to always keep a camera with me because things change so quickly. I followed his advice, and found the changes do come quickly, not just to the railroad itself but also to the world around it. One thing that attracted me to the railroad in the first place was the oddity of a giant string of steel powering through quiet, undisturbed landscapes and crowded cities alike, and while the work may seem monotonous to some, I am continually compelled to capture these strong and steady machines against the ever-changing landscapes.

New Albany

Fiber art by the lovely Leaves & Linen are brightening up our New Albany Cafe. Leaves & Linen grew from the love of art in it’s many mediums shared between two women who met one another at the beginning of their college careers - Katey Lacroix, an artist from Georgia turned Louisvillian, and Ashley Donahue, a Louisville native and Quills barista. It all began one winter when Ashley stumbled across a vintage macrame book her grandmother had kept tucked away in her closet for nearly 50 years. She immediately fell in love with the intricate, beautiful patterns the pieces held. Together, Ashley and Katey decided to combine both vintage and modern elements of this forgotten craft by creating their own pieces. Eventually, the two decided to open up their own online shop and today their work can be found in many shops in the Louisville area including Mahonia Studio, Mabel & Moss, True North. They are always trying to learn and grow with their craft, incorporating new things into their pieces in an effort to create truly unique works of art with modern twists.


All art will be up through May. For more information on purchasing or displaying artwork, you can email our art coordinator, Joanna Miller, at info@quillscoffee.com. You can also talk to your lovely baristas, who can help you purchase the pieces you see on display.

Quills Coffee Joining La Marzocco Cafe's Residency in November

The news is out! We're so excited to be a part of La Marzocco Cafe's Year 2 residency program. The Seattle cafe opened doors in 2016, each month welcoming a new roaster with their own menu, bar flow, and selection of coffees. There will be an outstanding lineup of roasters in this year, and we will be seeing you all there from November 7th to December 4th! Find out more information at the link below.


10 Years and Two New Cafes. Introducing Our Joint Cafe with Steel City Pops.

It was announced this morning that we at Quills will be opening a joint cafe with our friends at Alabama-based Steel City Pops in St. Matthews later this year. This will be Quills' 6th location, and Steel City's 2nd location in the Louisville area. What does that mean? Well for starters, it means popfogato every day.


2017 marks the 10th Anniversary for us at Quills, and in addition to opening our new roastery/cafe/office/training lab space in NuLu there will be a lot of excitement in the company through the year. We have two competitors who recently placed at the CoffeeChamps regional event in Knoxville, landing them spots to compete for the US Barista Cup and US Brewers Cup Championships during the SCA event in Seattle this April. 

To keep up with all the excitement and new news through the year and every year, sign up for our Quills Cast

A Nationwide Coffee Fundraiser For The ACLU


This weekend more than 600 cafes are joining in raising funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, the non-partisan liberty defenders. Coffee publication, Sprudge, earlier this week launched with matching sponsorships for the first 26 coffee companies that joined in this effort, and now coffee companies like us have joined in to help match for hundreds more. At Quills, we believe in Quality for All, and as such this Saturday and Sunday we will be donating a portion of our sales in all four of our cafes in Louisville, New Albany, and Indianapolis, to the cause. 
See the following post from Sprudge for more information about the fundraiser, and why coffee shops like us are participating. 

Quills X Prima Holiday Promo 2016

Our good friends at Prima Coffee here in Louisville, KY are running a pretty slick promo for the holidays featuring yours truly. Until December 31st or while supplies last, get a free bag of Quills coffee up to $20 with free shipping when you purchase any Baratza grinder, Bonavita brewer, or bundle at $99 or more from https://prima-coffee.com/deals. Check out this great video they made for the promotion.

Show Opening and Book Release for "Falls"

Join us Saturday, Nov. 19th from 6-8pm at our Baxter Location, 930 Baxter Ave Louisville, KY 40204, for the show opening and book release for "Falls."

These prints are by Louisville photographers Emil Handke, Tim Robertson and Michael Winters. The photographs were made during the summer of 2016 at Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana.

There will be a limited, 50 copy run of “Falls” available for sale at the event for $20.  


Now Roasting: Ethiopia Beriti and Costa Rica La Angostura

We have two newer coffees on the menu, one we've actually had for a few weeks now and another freshly released. Welcome Ethiopia Beriti and Costa Rica La Angostura!

Ethiopia Beriti


As much as we love Kayon Mountain around these parts, it is always great to find a nice counterpoint. This more traditionally-sourced Ethiopian coffee is no less interesting in its own right. Beriti, a washing station in the Woreda district of Tore, Yirgacheffe, is known for consistently turning out coffees that shine with the classic Yirgacheffe cup profile: clean, floral, bright and delicate. This coffee hits all those marks, with well-balanced notes of stone fruit, citrus, and delicate floral characteristics. We find that the Beriti seems to pop with a bit more juiciness and tea characteristics, tasting bergamot, nectarine and sweet graham cracker. You'll also find this beauty as our November Single-Origin Espresso offering in our cafes. Click here to buy now

Costa Rica La Angostura


For the second year in a row, we bring you coffee from La Angostura. This coffee represents another great result of our importer’s “Community Coffee” programs, in which they work with small coops in local communities to raise standards for coffee and standard of living for the community. These programs pay higher premiums in general, and these premiums go back into building community infrastructure. It’s a great program that benefits the communities where this coffee is grown, and benefits those who drink it by guaranteeing higher quality in the cup, ultimately resulting in quality improvements year over year. We taste: Chocolate, nougat, walnut and green apple. Click here to buy now