Named after a pummeling strategy from the world of martial arts, Grounds and Pounds Coffee House awakens the senses with piping-hot espresso drinks that have earned the Independent’s praise. Friendly baristas handcraft each beverage on the menu, warming mugs with brewed coffee ($2 for a 16 oz.) and embroidering lattes with milk fluffier than a freshly laundered cloud ($3 for a 16 oz.). Sweet-toothed sippers can enhance cappuccinos ($3 for a 16 oz.) with up to eight syrup flavors, including vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut (+$0.50), or dive into a rich, chocolatey mocha topped with whipped cream ($4.25 for a 16 oz.). Teeming with black tea and indian spices, chai lattes ($3 for a 16 oz.) energize the body as they melt away stress. The shop also peddles edibles such as pastries, which keep bellies from growling, whining, or gnawing the shoes of passersby.
Cupcake connoisseurs flock to Sweet Daphne Confections, grabbers grasping for the bakery's handheld indulgences. Today's Groupon gets you four of these gourmet cup-based treats, letting you choose from a wide variety of classic and creative cake flavors that cradle creamy centers. In addition to being smothered in butter-cream frosting, each expertly baked edible is infused with a sweet filling, such as peanut butter, chocolate mousse, cream cheese, pastry cream, and caramel, making them fun to eat, easy to talk to, and respectable models for cross-section drawing class. Due to their fresh-baked nature, selections change daily, but a statistically sound segment of the population is always represented.
Those who live, breathe, and snort coffee will find a fine selection of both classic blends and little-known beans at Pikes Perk. Percolate perkiness with the medium-bodied Tanzanian Peaberry, or the bitter-less Jamaican Blue Mountain. Black-coffee purists can grab a 20-ounce cup of joe ($1.99), whereas those who spruce up beloved brews can order a white mocha ($4.19 for 16 ounces), or enliven their aromatic medley with a shot from one of the 50 syrups available. Hoard a pot of hot Pikes' peach tea, with chunks of fruit from Austria ($3.59), or soothe your stomach with something from Pikes' food menu of pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast items.
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.