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West Jet Magazine

Perk up with cold-brew coffee or relax with a cold beer and watch the world go by from Ernest Coffee‘s patio in Uptown.

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Now for a pick me up… We needed some energy before we finished our big day!! Ernest Coffee is THE coffee shop in Palm Springs, it’s not only totally adorable but their drinks are super yummy!!

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This hybrid coffee shop and tiki bar has technically only been open since 2014, but its history goes back much further. Located in the space that once housed Don the Beachcomber, it retains vestiges of the famed ’50s-era tiki bar: “We still have an original bamboo tiki column,” says co-owner Jaime Kowal (above left, with co-owner Chris Pardo). Bootlegger opens at 4 p.m., and guests can order drinks that were on the menu six decades ago, like two classic variations on the mai tai—Don the Beachcomber’s and Trader Vic’s—and a modern riff that substitutes Campari for one of the rums. Plus, there’s a rotating list of craft cocktails like Coffee and Cigarettes, a blend of Japanese whiskey, Amaro di Angostura and tobacco bitters.

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Ernest Coffee. Get your morning coffee (they serve Stumptown) or a happy hour bubbly at this darling cafe.


Where To Brunch: Ernest Coffee. Get your caffeine fix at this chic cafe that serves delicious Stumptown coffee, freshly baked pastries, and — if you’re in the mood for a tipple — half-priced house wine during happy hour.

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Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, "Small Businesses of the Year" — Owners Chris Pardo and Jaime Kowal recently opened these two "hot spots" that have become focal points for residents and visitors.

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In case you were wondering what a bunch of tiki torches are doing outside a coffee shop (Portland-based Stumptown is the bean of choice here), they’re relics of a time when the space served as Don the Beachcomber's tiki restaurant in the 1950’s. As an homage to its former life, the coffee shop works double duty as a casual wine and beer lounge, which is why no one under 21 is allowed inside. For something a little more substantial, there’s a selection of baked-fresh croissants during the day and artisanal cheese plates at night—all best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.

architectural digest

Amado owner Jaime Kowal has teamed up with designer Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture to open Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, side-by-side cafés with decidedly different vibes—urban cool for the former and Hawaiian kitsch for the latter.

Vogue Living Australia

Eat & Drink: Ernest Coffee. This cafe, from Jaime Kowal and architect Chris Pardo, starts each day at 5.30am dispensing espressos, cold-brew coffee and pastries, before morphing into a wine bar (left) late afternoon.

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