Baristas from coffee shops throughout the Pikes Peak region brewed pour-over coffee from seven area roasters during the festival’s “roast-off” event, which was judged by attendees.
Baristas from coffee shops throughout the Pikes Peak region brewed pour-over coffee from seven area roasters during the festival’s “roast-off” event, which was judged by attendees.

Baristas from coffee shops throughout the Pikes Peak region brewed pour-over coffee from seven area roasters during the festival’s “roast-off” event, which was judged by attendees.

The city’s inaugural Caffeine Crawl is coming Aug. 14. This highly caffeinated “crawl” includes visits to local coffee, tea and chocolate shops featuring a lineup of some of the city’s most popular cafes. There will be four guided options to choose from.

Participating shops include The Coffee Exchange, Colony Class pop up at Mountain Fold BooksFifty Fifty CoffeehousePeak Place Coffeehouse,  The Principal’s Office at Ivywild, Radiantly Raw ChocolateSwitchback Coffee Roasters and Wild Goose Meeting House.

According to Caffeine Crawl’s Sadie Colwell, similar events will take place in 15 cities across the country this year. The crawl has taken place in Denver and Boulder in the past, and has been in Colorado for five years. It’s billed as an opportunity for local cafes and chocolatiers to expand their audience.

“What tends to happen is most people who like coffee have one or two places they go,” Colwoll said. “This gives people an easy way to explore shops that are close that they may not be aware of.”

Colwoll said the shops owner or roaster will speak briefly about the business and then offer samples of their choosing.

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Nate Bland, education and event coordinator with Peak Place Coffeehouse, said the event will be good not only for businesses, but also in expanding the horizons of the city’s coffee and chocolate enthusiasts.

“I’m really excited to let people know there’s more to coffee than black coffee every morning,” Bland said, adding Peak Place will be offering aged coffee during the crawl.

“It sounds nasty, but people will taste the difference between one aged six weeks and one for one week,” he said.

Bland said the café scene is growing “slowly,” but definitely growing.

“I’m excited to be on the leading edge of that,” Bland said. “There’s great opportunity here for growth. If anyone wants to get into the business, now is probably the time.”

For more information, visit caffeinecrawl.com/colorado-springs–denver.html.