Jives Coffee Lounge switches roasters, but feels the same 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
The steampunk-themed second Jives location outside Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson shuttered last year, but the original Jives appears in good health. Atmosphere-wise, nothing major in the café catches our eye as a change, as we note diverse customers, from a police officer to the requisite guy-on-a-laptop, a chatty couple and a broody-looking solo dude (80-percent chance he’s a musician, I feel). We’re told Jives’ java did change, away from its own house-roasted beans over to Spanish Peaks Coffee — particularly an Ethiopian-Costa Rican “Jives Blend.” My pal orders a 20-ounce pourover ($4.10) with the Costa Rican bean, solo, as there’s a retail area around the service counter where all origin options are displayed. He’s content, as I mostly am with a 12-ounce cappuccino ($2.90) that proportionally drinks more like a latte, heavy on sudsy macrofoam, but smooth enough in a basic espresso finish even if it’s buried in too much milk to glean distinguishing flavor descriptors. 
Location Details Jives Coffee Lounge
16 Colbrunn Court
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
Coffee/Tea and Coffee Shop


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