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Pike’s Perk- The Art of the Local Coffee Shop

May 22, 2008

Coffee Art, originally uploaded by nishiology.         

J. and I don’t drink a lot of coffee and when we do it is usually at home but every once in awhile we will will find ourselves out and about and in search of a little caffeine jolt. Wednesday was one of those day, well that and the fact that we needed to kill 15 minutes.       

We pick up our raw milk at Sammy’s Organics here in Colorado Springs so that we don’t have to drive all the way out to the farm every week. It saves us and the dairy owners a lot of gas and time which is nice. Unfortunately this also means that sometimes they haven’t delivered yet or we get there too early and we have to amuse ourselves until the delivery comes. Sammy’s is a pretty small store and most of their products are premade or packaged goods so we don’t do any shopping there. It looks like they have some really nice breads and pastries but we make all that stuff ourselves so we haven’t had a reason to try theirs.              

Sammy’s is also very small and killing 15 minutes there would have been pretty hard so we decided to try out the coffee/tea shop, Pike’s Perk, in the same shopping center. It looked small and trendy from the outside and the inside decor is pretty simple but the menu is amazing! They serve 101 different flavors of milkshakes in addition to the dozens of coffees (including fair trade, organic) and teas. They also serve a complete menu of soups, sandwiches and pastries. My mouth started salivating when I went in and after waiting for a couple minutes to the cashier and customer chatting I can tell this is the type of place that only locals really know about and they come a lot.

While waiting for our iced coffees we managed to polish off quite a few of the free pound cake samples and pick up some coffee syrup in a glass bottle (score!). The coffee was great and the price was good as well, especially for the syrup which was only $6.          

We gave up traditional coffee creamer because of high fructose corn syrup, calories, and all the plastic involved but we weren’t ready to drink our coffee black either. We set out on a quest to find flavored syrups in glass bottles at a decent price. Let me tell you the stuff at Whole Foods is not reasonably priced. It was exciting to get good deal and know that our money was going to support the two kick ass people working behind the counter.

I wish I had a camera with me when we went so I could show you their order board. They used colorful chalk and had someone with excellent penmanship write it all out in a gorgeous rainbow of colors and flavors that will never be replicated in the the big chain stores. Instead you can check out this shot from a sidewalk chalk festival. Pretty amazing, right?


Chalk Art 3, originally uploaded by johnmknight.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2008 5:05 am

    Pike´s Perk sounds like a keeper! I would have an irrestible urge to go too early for the milk just to have a reason visit them again.

  2. May 23, 2008 6:42 am

    Very nice! We are not huge coffee drinkers, but we do enjoy Starbucks when we have photo meetings. I really want to go to more local places around here though.

  3. Stephanie permalink
    May 23, 2008 9:19 am

    Just an idea- but you could probably find lots of yummy ways to make your own coffee syrups. Any kind of infused simple sugar should work. (Last week we made one with fresh ginger and blood orange juice for a dessert – YUM). Of course, I think simple syrup is only supposed to have a shelf life of a week or so, but I imagine freezing or canning could solve that problem… Hm. Now I want to play around with flavorings for my coffee =) I just freecycled all my commercial ones…

  4. November 2, 2008 12:36 am

    Thank you for your site 🙂
    I made with photoshop backgrounds for myspace and youtube and ect..
    my backgrounds:
    take care and thank you again!

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