Blank Coffee/Food coming to Roundhouse building soon 

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The historic Roundhouse building on the corner of 21st Street and Highway 24 will have a new coffee option as of mid-May, tentatively. Called Blank Coffee/Food, it’s owned by Alex Baum and Vance Garrett.

Locals may know Baum from his time as the front-of-house manager at Wild Goose Meeting House, from its opening through 2015, after which he moved to Boulder to open cafés with a company called Alpine Modern. In 2017, he decided to move back and start Blank after he and wife Abigail, a co-owner at Loyal Coffee, had their first child.

Garrett runs a small company called Congruent Services; he installs and services espresso equipment along the Front Range for clients including Alpine Modern. He and Baum have been friends for some time now.
Location Details Blank Coffee/Food
600 S. 21st St., #150
West side
Colorado Springs, CO
Baum says Blank will serve coffee and espresso made with Denver’s Middle State Coffee and tea from Chicago’s Spirit Tea, plus all-natural dairy from Bellvue, Colorado’s Morning Fresh Dairy. Notably, they will not be serving Loyal beans, in order to keep a clear separation between the Baums’ businesses. Still, customers can expect third-wave coffee quality, albeit made a little more accessible.

“I’ve been in the industry so long that I’m kind of over the pretentiousness of coffee,” says Baum. “Our whole goal is to serve specialty coffee in a good way.”

Blank will also offer breakfast and fast-service bites. House-made donuts will range from standard glazed and cinnamon-sugar to more adventurous flavors — current staff favorites from early tastings are the peach-jalapeño and the strawberry lemonade. They’ll also offer “torpedo” baguette sandwiches, grain and veggie bowls, and toasts, some with sous vide eggs.


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