I'm a coffee snob, so on a recent visit to Colorado Springs, I sought out every coffee shop in town.
I loved everything about the Principal's Office at Ivywild...the fact that they've re-purposed a historic school and community landmark into such a creative and thoughtful gathering spot restores my faith in my former hometown. The atmosphere is fun, inviting and speaks to my community spirit.
In this day and age of mass produced faux coffee and the obscene overuse of paper products,
it's refreshing to find a good solid coffee made with proper espresso and served in an real cup!
The variety of coffee and preparation styles on offer is quite impressive. My only complaint was that no matter how many times I requested extra hot, they couldn't seem to bring themselves to actually do it. I realize this is a form of barista control, but hey, some of us really do like our coffee scalding hot. Hint: if you're worried about scalding the milk, just heat the cup first. Works wonders.
The Old School Bakery attached to the Principal's Office is another wonder. Fabulous baked goods and meat pies, baked by a real live Aussie. The pies have been given the stamp of approval by at least one Australian I know, who likes them so much that I took a batch of them up to him in Denver.
The atmosphere of Ivywild is a big part of the charm, but the coffee and baked goods make it just about perfect.
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