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.
Of course Good Karma Coffee Lounge & Deli has baristas. However, there aren’t too many coffee shops around that also employ executive chefs. That doesn't stop Kelly Myers from filling that role at Good Karma, where she whips up daily quiche varieties, hot gourmet sandwiches, and hearty soups. The aforementioned baristas follow up her good work with coffee and espresso drinks blended from medium- and dark-roast beans. While noshing on hot eats and sipping on hot drinks, guests can relax on wooden chairs and leather couches that typify the cozy coffee-shop setting and use the joint's free WiFi to conduct vital Internet research into exactly how hilarious cats can be.
Fair-trade coffee beans are intended to give coffee farmers, including many who live in developing countries, reasonable prices for their crops. Marlene Brown, owner of Coffee On the Go… use fair-trade coffees in all of the drinks that fill their shop with happy chatter. The little red coffeehouse is built to resemble an old-fashioned train caboose, which is appropriate given how close the kiosk is to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and how frequently blues musicians write songs about it.
Cloaked in curtains of steam, baristas warm milk for cappuccinos with railroad-themed names and craft hot cocoa. Smoothies brim with the flavors of additive-free fruit pulp, and a drive-up coffee kiosk ensures that on-the-go customers need only open their car window or wooden horse’s trap door to collect a drink.
The super-premium ice cream at Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato—which represented Colorado on Serious Eats’ list of America’s Best Ice Cream—is proof that less is more. Their chief concern is “overrun,” a term that refers to how much air is mixed into each batch of ice cream. Some less delicious ice creams can contain up to 50% air; however, Glacier’s flavors contain only 5%–7% air, yielding richer flavors and a creamier texture.
Also lauded by outlets such as the Denver Post and Colorado Daily, Glacier has a catalogue of more than 800 flavors, up to 60 of which are on hand and ready to scoop at all times. Their ice cream wizards create a new flavor every two weeks, resulting custom tastes such as chocolate raspberry truffle, caramel Oreo, and espresso chocolate buzz with a double-strength coffee base. They also craft premium Italian gelatos with skim milk, producing rich frozen treats with half the fat of ice cream in flavors such as chocolate hazelnut, peanut butter fudge, and pistachio.
No matter the flavor, Glacier uses fresh ingredients such as hand-squeezed limes, ripe strawberries, and homemade chocolate. They’ve also committed to staying Colorado-local whenever possible, receiving produce from local food producers in Penrose, Rocky Ford, Palisade, and even stocking local Umpire State Coffee, local Jerry's Nut House, imported Italian candy and using local produce like apples, melons, and peaches.
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.
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.