What you see pictured here is the secret entrance to one of Colorado Springs’ most incredible hidden cafes. You are unlikely to find it, unless you know exactly where to look. There are no signs outside. Their address is on their website, but you could drive circles around the outdoor retail center for 15 minutes, like I did, and not find it. You could also finally break down and call their phone number to ask them if they’re still in business and how to find them. If you did that, you would be told that the cafe is actually hiding inside Marco’s Pizza. And then the gates of delightful coffee enlightenment would open for you, and you would be ushered into a mocha wonderland.
Espresso as an add-on service is considered by many to be the largest espresso business category, and it is simply adding an espresso machine and espresso-based drinks to an establishment menu or business. Think of a mom and pop donut shop, a restaurant, or a cupcake shop adding lattes to their menus. Marco’s Pizza, a pizza parlor with Italian food added Italian drinks, espresso based drinks, to their menu. More often than not, when you visit a joint that has espresso added on, it feels very added on and the drinks are just not that good.
Marco’s Pizza and Caffe Communitas are an incredible exception to the rule. Their drinks are fantastic, and were the best mochas we had while in Colorado Springs. They had a special Valentine’s Day- themed offering of a white chocolate and raspberry syrup flavored mocha named Romeo and Juliet. What normally happens when you ask for more flavors in a cup, the barista just adds more and more syrups to the existing ratio of espresso and milk. You’re left with an incredibly sweet drink that is usually not mixed up and so sweet at the bottom that it is undrinkable. Not here.
The Romeo and Juliet had the perfect balance of syrups and coffee flavor. It was incredible. Their house mocha was equally incredible- a perfect balance of chocolate and coffee. Their drinks are very worthy of having their own sign out front. But even without a sign, Caffe Communitas took the time to brand their to-go cups, a topic near and dear to my own heart. I was happy to leave and take their little billboards all over the Springs with me.
In addition to the secret entrance, Caffe Communitas is also unique in that they seek out a new local charity to partner with every month. A portion of sales goes back to the community, hence their name. Some of their partners are pictured on the walls of the pizza parlor, and it left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that I was helping out in some small way.
The pizza part of the business was open when I went, but I wasn’t in the mood for pizza that early in the morning. Instead, I had some Krispy Kreme donuts that they had on display. Truly they won my heart over by partnering with the most delicious donuts in the land. If you’ve had Marco’s Pizza or tired the coffee afterwards, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know how the food is. Or maybe I’ll just have to go back and try again sometime soon. Their coffee is certainly worth the trip.