Java Punk Coffee brews steampunk-style near Powers 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
For all that can be said about life along the Powers corridor, there’s a distinct lack of locally owned third-wave coffee stops. That’s beginning to change with spots like The Roost at TILL Kitchen. Now there’s another: Java Punk Coffee, the steampunk-themed spot owned by Stephanie Hinton and Vicki Willson, currently in its soft opening.

“Sometimes you don’t want to drive 25 minutes to go somewhere,” says Hinton of the location.

It’s the first restaurant either has owned, though Hinton has a long background in the business, and they’re sourcing everything as locally as they can. The coffee’s roasted by Inertia Coffee Roasters. Their teas are from the Organica Herb and Tea Company. They offer pastries and sourdough toast from the Sourdough Boulangerie, plus jams and jellies from cottage label Nella Mia Cucina. Due to government shutdowns, their liquor license has been delayed, but they’ll be partnered with The Sweet Elephant — they’re licensed to offer tastes for now, but cannot sell anything. And since they couldn’t find a good Springs soda-maker, they went with Denver’s Rocky Mountain Sodas. On most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Hinton says she’ll whip up something in her Crock-Pot and offer it to guests.
Location Details Java Punk Coffee
4029 Tutt Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
The literary spot’s nods to Victorian literature and culture extend to signature drinks like The Strand, named for the English magazine that published new works by Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a mix of espresso, raspberry liqueur-based jelly and fresh berries. They also offer a wall-sized scrabble board and custom-built wooden Connect Four sets. Catch a grand opening party, scheduled for Saturday, March 10.


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