Cafes in Fountain

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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.

8836 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

Keen coffee seekers stray from the most beaten bean path to escape to R&R for specialty brews and the café's namesake rest and relaxation. R&R roasts its own artisan coffee in small batches to ensure maximum freshness and pairs it with a full menu of bakery bites and gourmet café fare. Give your day a sweet start with a freshly baked cinnamon roll ($2.25) or a decadent strawberry-shortcake latté ($3.70, 16 ounces), or opt for a savory skillet breakfast ($5.50) with your choice of meat, rosemary potatoes, tomato, onion, green chilies, and two eggs. Come midday, munch on a smoky BLT on homemade sourdough with a side salad ($5.25). A long list of gussied-up espresso drinks ($3.05–$4.35), frothy, java-based frappes (starting at $4.95), fresh-fruit smoothies ($3.95, 16 ounces), and ice-cream shakes ($3.25) make excellent desserts, stand-alone snacks, and bribes for a better number at the DMV.

11425 Black Forest Rd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

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.

5965 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

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.

110 Canon Ave
Manitou Springs,
CO
US

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.

225 Old North Gate Rd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US