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Let’s get cozy with coffee!

For those who crave a cappuccino, chai tea, or caramel latte in a cozy atmosphere, look no further than this fantastic list of Colorado Springs’ coffee shops. Inviting you to cuddle up with a fresh cup of joe, these local java joints will keep you warm all winter long! Forgo the “evil mermaid” and spend a little time getting to know your local café connoisseurs.

 

1. The Wild Goose Meeting House

401 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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The Wild Goose Meeting House is a gathering place for students, artists, business people and truth seekers. Learn about the 3rd wave coffee approach and how it’s changed the landscape of western coffee drinking. Have them pour you the perfect espresso shot using their state-of-the-art modbar system, and be sure to grab a bite to eat as well since their menu is filled with tasty items – we are partial to the Wild Boar Sausage and Egg Quesadilla! 

 

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2. The Perk Downtown

14 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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An anchor amongst established cafés, The Perk Downtown offers the perfect vantage point for people watching amidst the busy downtown scene. They invite you to stop in, slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee made from beans freshly roasted just a couple of blocks away at Purple Mountain Roaster. Taking the expertise of their staff seriously, it’s not uncommon to hear about them sending their baristas to Seattle or beyond for additional training. Try the Buzzer (double the caffeine!) and pair it with a locally made pastry.

 

3. Urban Steam

1025 South Sierra Madre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Where “order” and “chaos” meet you’ll find Urban Steam, a unique all-in-one roaster and coffee shop. Enjoy boutique quality coffees (for sale in either bean or brewed variety) and a menu filled with delicious dishes for breakfast and lunch. While this coffeehouse has an industrial feel to its décor, their atmosphere is very welcoming. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about. We recommend one of their delicious and unique waffles or their Colorado Cuban.

 

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4. Switchback Coffee Roasters

330 North Institute, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Located side-by-side, this roaster and café combo is a one-stop shop for coffee aficionados in Colorado Springs. With white walls, funky furniture, live succulents on the tables, and mismatched frames on the walls, Switchback offers a fresh and hip hideout. Stop by the roaster to pick up a bag of ethically sourced, high-quality roasted beans to brew at home. We recommend the Breakfast Sandwich and a Latte – and make sure to ask for latte art, since they do some of the best!

 

5. Peak Place

2360 Montebello Square Drive, Suite H1, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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This community-focused coffeehouse has been gracing the north end of Colorado Springs since 2013. Peak Place Coffeehouse serves coffee straight from their roaster, Hold Fast Coffee Co., along with beer, wine, and food, making it perfect for hangs at any time of day. Not only does this café provide a casual hangout, but it also has a private meeting room in case you’re working out-of-the office or need a place for a social gathering.

 

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6. Principal’s Office

1604 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

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Housed in a now defunct turn-of-the-century elementary school, Principal’s Office is a unique and trendy hangout in good company with Bristol Brewery and the Old School Bakery. The space, which literally was the old principal’s office, has been reimagined, yet still honors the roots of the original building. We suggest you try an estate coffee, which comes from one specific farm, to begin honing your taste buds to distinguish beans from different regions. Visit during breakfast time and order The Cure, a breakfast sandwich served on an English muffin with an egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo, and avocado, made fresh at Ivywild Kitchen.

 

7. Jives Coffee Lounge

16 Colbrunn Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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If live music helps you relax and rejuvenate, Jives Coffee Lounge, whose motto is “Coffee, Music, Life,” is the place for you. Join lyric-loving locals for open mic night every Wednesday, as well as featured artists’ previews and themed events throughout the year. They are located adjacent to Old Colorado City’s Bancroft Park, so be sure to take a second to stroll around one of Colorado Springs’ dreamiest little neighborhoods while you’re in the area. Try the Spicy Mocha (made with cayenne pepper) or the Black Sea (made with mocha, caramel, mediterranean sea salt).

 

8. STIR Coffee and Cocktails

2330 North Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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Stir is a hidden gem, nestled on the northern border of Downtown Colorado Springs. The cafe offers a variety of comfort food (and the best dang sandwiches in Colorado Springs), coffee, and libations. Come for their delicious coffee menu and stay for their literary themed cocktails — like the Tequila Mockingbird and The Lion The Witch and The Vodka. Their indoor space is perfect for a cozy winter date and their outdoor seating areas are perfect for soaking up those summer rays during warmer months.

 

9. Story Coffee Company

120 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Story Coffee is the world’s first Tiny House Coffee Shop — making it quite literally, the coziest coffee shop in Colorado Springs. Located right in the middle of Downtown Colorado Springs at the edge of Acacia Park, it’s the perfect place to get an authentic look at downtown living. While they serve pastries from a local bakery, the only thing they make in house is coffee, meaning they do that really, really well. Grab a cup of coffee — their Latte made with Oat Milk is our favorite in town — and grab a seat inside or stroll through Colorado Springs’ adorable downtown.

 

10. Good Neighbors Meeting House

505 Columbia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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Good Neighbors Meeting House is just that — a meeting house for friends, business partners, pastors, and first dates. It’s located in the cozy and quiet neighborhood of Patty Jewet, tucked back on the eastside of Downtown Colorado Springs. Grab a cup of coffee from a local roaster or choose from a variety of other drinks and food items. We suggest trying one of their amazing sweet or savory waffles!

 

We at Rocky Mountain Food Tours consider it our job (really!) to find the best local food and drink places for our local and visiting friends! If you like what you read and want to see more, be sure to check out our other food related articles posted every two weeks.

Cheers! Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

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