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Carnelian Coffee's expertise shows strong 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Carnelian Coffee launched in mid-2017 where short-lived Sun Mountain Café stood. It’s a narrow space that’s almost solemn during our visit, despite bright art, and colorful throw pillows greeting guests at the window bench seats. It’s operated by Haleigh Dehn, former Public House co-owner, and Kate Firoved, who Dehn says gained expertise at the corporate Starbucks in Seattle.
Location Details Carnelian Coffee
2428 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
471-0789
Café/Sandwich
Their experience shows strong, spotlighting rotating local roasters, plus house drip and espresso provider Hotbox Roasters (an Oskar Blues subsidiary). I don’t pick up the described chocolate, blueberry and graham cracker on Hotbox’s Whole Lotta Love blend on drip ($2.50/12-ounce), though it’s generically good. But gra- ham cracker’s a fair descriptor on a spice-forward cardamom ginger latte ($6/12-ounce), made with Hotbox’s LXIX blend. A honey lavender latte ($6/12-ounce) shows off house-made syrup, subtly, not burying the coffee’s nuances, finishing faintly floral.

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