Some of the greatest perks to living in The Springs are the craft beer, fine dining, and cool coffee shops that can be found in town. People here work hard, play hard, and love to gather over good food in their down time. So, what makes a good coffee shop great? For starters, it all comes down to the beans. A good environment, friendly staff, and house-made snacks also go a long way.
Whether you're a coffee aficionado or just enjoy it for its warmth and energizing effects, these five shops in Colorado Springs are a must-visit for residents and tourists alike!
Inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the importance of social interaction, Switchback Roasters is a locally owned and operated shop that aims to create an aromatic and rich coffee you're bound to love and they also aim to nurture a strong sense of community. They roast the beans right here in The Springs, so you know you're getting the freshest Americano, latte, or drip coffee possible. Sourced from mostly from South America and Africa, these roasts can feature hints of fruits, cocoa, nuts, and buttery caramel.
Wild Goose Meeting House
From artisan coffee to craft beer and savory plates, the Wild Goose Meeting House is always a good spot to get work done, have a casual business meeting, and catch up with old friends. They too feature Switchback coffee and their house-made sandwiches, cheese boards, and baked goods will leave you begging for more. It's easy to call this place one of downtown's most vibrant cultural hotspots. If you love open mic nights, poetry readings, live music and local art, then Wild Goose is the place for you. The walls are lined with books of every genre and there's loads of natural light that adds to the cozy, coffee-shop vibe. Whether you're alone or with friends, Wild Goose Meeting House is a great place to relax and unwind.
From STIR's humble façade, you might not know that this modest coffee shop is actually one of the area's best kept secrets. Whether you're looking for a relaxing workspace or a mid-ride pick-me-up, everyone loves STIR's quaint atmosphere and award-winning homemade pie. For those days when your sweet-tooth is stronger than your willpower, indulge in a delightful Blackberry Cheesecake latte or keep it simple with a slightly-sweet Café Miel—that's a latte with a touch of honey and a dash of cinnamon!
Conveniently located on Colorado Ave in Old Colorado City, Agia Sophia's blend of boho-chic and old-world atmosphere are one of a kind. Enjoy your Americano in a hand-thrown ceramic mug with a savory Greek Veggie Panini, and read the next page of a classical page-turner from the shelves between bites. Part classical coffee shop, part historic library, Agia Sophia is a great place to sip, savor, and unwind!
Jives Coffee Lounge
Those looking for a laid back atmosphere with superior coffee, espressos and smoothies will find that Jives Coffee Lounge delivers all of that and more. This popular coffee shop in Colorado Springs frequently hosts live music, and the lobby area is constructed around the stage area. Many of the staff there are musicians, so one never knows when an impromptu ‘performance’ might crop up. Jives Coffee Lounge also features some of the most creative coffee menus and specialty blends in the region that keep patrons coming back for more. In fact, it is not unusual to see the staff or owners hanging out with the regulars. Rumor has it, those who come in a few times are likely to receive an invitation to the Jives’ Sunday Family Supper.
Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House
If you're looking for a laid-back atmosphere with a little extra elbow room and long tables for studying, then you'll want to visit Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House. Not only do they serve locally roasted coffee by the Pikes Perk roasting company, they also have a good menu of coffee classics and sweet treats, like the Caramel Mountain. And here's a fun fact: their new owner, Marc, is a 24-year veteran and a long-time resident of The Springs. Thank you for your service, Marc!
Dutch Bros is a sharp contrast from the coffee shops above, but the coffee is just so good and such a great value that we have to mention it. Last year, Forbes rated the company as one of the Best Franchises in America for its profitability and strong return-on-investment for franchisees. But behind the fiscal success (and outstanding coffee), what really keeps people coming back is the fun-loving staff and great customer service. And with the convenience of its drive-thru only setup, it just can't be beat when you're on the go.
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Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.