• Antique furniture lends much of Montague's (1019 S. Tejon St., 520-0672) charm. It serves Barista Espresso coffee products and a unique array of loose-leaf teas.
• Zombie drinks, made with partially roasted white espresso beans, offer one fun reason to hit up The Coffee Exchange (526 S. Tejon St., the-coffee-exchange.com), which bakes a nice array of pastries, including good gluten-free options.
• Enter the wonderfully nerdy world of a coffee fanatic at Urban Steam Coffee Bar and Café (1025 S. Sierra Madre St., urbansteamcoffee.com). Posters on the wall analyze "The Art of Aroma Perception in Coffee," and rare, small-batch pour-overs will test and tantalize your sniffer.
• The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St., 635-1600), formerly Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, serves its own coffee, now roasted nearby at sister outfit Purple Mountain Coffee Co. Its Dancing Chili Peppers blend is a pleasing flavored rendition.
• Pueblo's unique and super-eco-friendly Solar Roast Coffee highlights Lofty's (287 E. Fountain Blvd., #100, 520-0024) caffeinated offerings. Then there's the Olde World Bagel sandwiches, cool cocktail list and artsy atmosphere.
• Coffee & Tea Zone (25 N. Tejon St., #101, coffeeandteazone.com) also has Powers Boulevard, Rockrimmon and Voyager Parkway locations. Beyond the coffee, it's known for boba teas and "Zoneberry" frozen yogurt.
• Converted auto garages don't get much cooler than Stir (2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., 418-6188), which dishes quality confections and espresso drinks that use beans roasted by R&R Coffee Café.
• Gold Hill Java Downtown (332 N. Tejon St., goldhilljava.com) is an extension of the Woodland Park original (see p. 81), full of colorful character, house-roasted java and ample foodstuffs.
• Part of the Poor Richard's dynasty, Rico's Café & Wine Bar (322 N. Tejon St., poorrichards.biz) serves beans, booze and drinking chocolates, elegantly sourced, handled and presented. It's a particular treat on evenings with live music.
• The sole claim to killer Colombian food in town makes Café Corto Coffee Gallery (115 E. Kiowa St., cafecorto.com) a very worthwhile destination. Over your cup of Spanish Peaks Coffee-roasted java, get anything involving arepas.
• Perhaps best known for its excellent house gelato, Dogtooth Coffee Company (505 E. Columbia St., #100, dogtoothcoffee.com) also fulfills caffeine needs with exclusive "European-style smoked coffees" from a Minnesota roaster.
• BuyWell Fair Trade Coffee handles the dark liquid goodness at Raven's Nest Coffee (330 N. Institute St., ravensnestcoffee.com), a neighborhood spot that defines the word "cozy." The triple-espresso Ash Kicker is excellent.
• Bonus at the weekday-only Jasmine's Coffee and Tea Café (4120 N. Nevada Ave., 359-5895): Drinks are made with purified water via adjacent parent business Springs Mountain Water. BuyWell Fair Trade Coffee also handles the beans here; food items are super-affordable.
• Soon to expand, Colorado Coffee Merchants (302 E. Fillmore St., coloradocoffeemerchants.com) roasts the Ümpire Estate and Idle Truck brands, widely served in fine eateries across town.
• Hidden in a breezeway near Union Station, Kawa Coffee (2427 N. Union Blvd., kawacoffeecs.com) is well worth finding, serving High Rise Coffee Roasters brews. Go for a Bee Sting (espresso, half & half and honey).
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