Lussi Brown Coffee Bar

Our mission

Lussi Brown (pronounced “Lucy” Brown) is the combination of the founder’s last names; Olivia Lussi and Sarah Brown. They decided to take their obsession with great coffee and delicious cocktails to a new level.

Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, many meetings, pop-ups, a handful of almost-locations, and lots of red tape; Lussi Brown Coffee Bar successfully opened their doors in downtown Lexington in June 2017.

The staff of Lussi Brown consists of some of the highest-trained baristas around. Coffee is a craft. Bartending is a craft. Lussi Brown has the experience, knowledge, creativity, and passion to bring these together and add a new flavor to Lexington’s coffee community.


Current Sustainable Practices

Below are the initiatives Lussi Brown Coffee Bar has completed on the Green Check scorecard.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Provide a sustainability information board in a common area such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Include a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.
  • Host annual trainings or workshops to educate employees about sustainability issues, policies and procedures.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Create an annual green employee award to highlight employee sustainability efforts.
  • Host an environmental event at your location.
  • Sponsor an environmental booth at an existing community event.

Energy Efficiency

  • Assess, track, and document energy consumption using Energy Star Portfolio Manager or similar program.
  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater.
  • Upgrade all Exit signs to LED.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Install energy efficient (i.e. Energy Star) rated windows in all conditioned spaces.
  • Assess building envelope and address any leaks.
  • Perform external lighting audit.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Develop or participate in an existing composting program.

Water Quality

  • Establish a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.

Sustainable Purchasing

  • Establish a policy for purchasing locally, if available.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Conduct a commuter or employee transportation survey.


  • Utilizes pick-up composting service.
  • Uses hay straws and cutlery.
  • No plastic to go; all compostable.
  • Focus on repurposing whenever possible.
  • Incentivize reusable cups and bulk purchases.

Member since 2023