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Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

It’s the spot everyone is talking about, Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki! The sexy Palm Springs powerhouse coffee/cocktail business, built in the longtime empty, historic Don the Beachcomber building, is buzzing. Take a peek inside, meet one of the owners and it’s guaranteed you’ll want to show up in person to taste all things coffee and Tiki!

The Desert Sun

Tiki torches blaze again at Palm Springs landmark

LA Confidential

Jaime Kowal, who owns the recently opened Ernest Coffee in Uptown (1101 N. Palm Canyon Dr., 760-668-1766), is part of a contingent of bright young things renovating and opening places all over town (including her partner, Arrive architect Chris Pardo).

Palm Springs Life Magazine

An entrepreneur, Kowal has teamed with designer Chris Pardo for her recent enterprise, Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki.

Palm Springs Life Magazine

Think of the soon-to-be Arrive Palm Springs hotel, Il Corso in Palm Desert, Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, and 180 new permanent, midcentury-style bathrooms on the Empire Polo Club grounds for Goldenvoice.

Palm Springs Life Magazine

The name pays homage to the original owner and founding father of Tiki culture in the United States, whose birth name was Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt.

The Desert Sun

Today, the complex is home to Ernest Coffee Co., Bootlegger Tiki, Archangel Gallery and Woodman Shimko Gallery. The restaurant Dish will relocate from Cathedral City to the site in mid-October. The building — renamed The Twist by owners Tim Brinkman and Paul Warrin — also houses 140 Via Lola Apartments with 38 units.

The Desert Sun

Ultra chic and modern Ernest Coffee Co. had admirers long before the café opened.


Minimalist, modern, and all around too-cool-for-school, Ernest Coffee is Palm Springs in coffee shop form. Walk past tiki torches from Don the Beachcomber – the original home of this property – and order up a cup of Stumptown Coffee with a fresh pastry.

Palm Springs Style Magazine

It’s a happy day for coffee lovers: Ernest Coffee is officially open for business in Palm Springs.

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