Few cups of coffee have a purpose beyond waking up the person who sips them. Mission Coffee Roasters' piping hot mugs of fresh roasted coffee serve a higher calling. Part of the profits from every sale go to fund missions projects and local non profits including UpaDowna, an initiative of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The staffers provide customers with more ways to contribute than picking up their morning coffee, though. They also serve all natural, fresh-baked pastries, sell bagged coffee and tea, and even flavored syrups from Monin to add a little extra flavor to any drink. Mission Coffee Roasters also offers a conference room for offsite meetings and a co-working space available by the hour.
For the Reinecke family, coffee has always been more than a beverage—it's been a means for bringing them together for casual conversations and serious heart-to-hearts. Now, coffee has pulled the elder Reineckes out of retirement and son John back to Colorado for the founding of Loco Bean Coffee. Here, visitors savor a cranberry scone or blueberry muffin between sips of lattes, cappuccinos, and specialty drinks such as the Salty Caramel Hipster, with white chocolate, caramel, and sea salt. Along with premium coffee, baristas can prepare teas ranging from Ginger Peach to Madagascar Coconut and whip up smoothies and shakes.
Inspired by their daughter's nickname on the softball field, Don and Linda Eckles named Scooter's Coffee & Yogurt for both their young player's speed and their shop's speedy service. Today, across more than 90 locations in seven states, Scooter's pours custom-roasted coffees and blends espresso into white-mocha frappes. Each highly trained barista also blends fruit smoothies and dishes out cups and top hats for self-serve frozen yogurt. To add signature flair, the baristas label each cup with one of three happy-face stickers designed by a children's book illustrator.
When visiting Flights Wine and Coffee's Morrison location, guests might feel as though they've been invited over to a friend's house for an evening soiree. Housed inside an 1870s cottage, the tasting room invites visitors to settle into cushy leather furniture surrounded by pastoral wall hangings and a crackling fireplace. On the garden patio, guests gather around wrought iron tables and warm their hands by the fire pit.
The two locations are connected by more than decor. Each hosts a lengthy list of wines by the glass, and a lengthier list of bottles. A menu of light plates and tapas pairs well with each pour, stoking taste buds with flavorful hummus and wedges of warm brie. Wine experts are on hand to guide guests through their tasting experience, picking out compatible wines and offering instruction in properly swirling each pour in a lab-grade centrifuge.
Steaming cups of english breakfast, chocolate-coconut, and masala chai tea tantalize taste buds alongside earl grey tea bread and hearty sandwiches on croissant rolls. Visitors to Moon Kats pair these nibbles, which include vegetarian and gluten-free options, with a variety of flavorful loose teas and tea bags that arrive by the cup or pot, as well as with an assortment of Amazing Origins coffee and tea ciders. Guests can mix and match teas and treats at their leisure or partake in prix fixe afternoon teatimes named Hansel and Gretel in honor of the tearoom's gingerbread walls. In between bites, visitors surf the net with free WiFi or stock up on brand-name teas and accessories from the shop.