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Palm Springs Life

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

Desert Magazine & Desert Sun

For Elodie, “barista extraordinaire” at Ernest Coffee Palm Springs, brewing choices are limitless. She’s honed her technique in Seattle and Los Angeles, and with Stumptown, the artisan coffee brand Ernest carries — right down to how molecular changes in milk affect taste.

Refinery 29

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.

The Tiki Chick

Those restored torches now form the logo for Ernest Coffee Co., which opened in June 2014. The two entrepreneurs behind this independent coffeehouse, photographer Jaime Kowal and designer Chris Pardo, also paid tribute to the history of this site by calling it after Don the Beachcomber’s real name: Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. (They also own neighboring bar Bootlegger Tiki, a nod to Don’s occupation before he essentially invented the tiki bar.)

The Desert Sun

Owners Chris Pardo and Jaime Kowal recently opened these two "hot spots" that have become focal points for residents and visitors.


This is the reality of Ernest Coffee, the first independent specialty coffee shop in Palm Springs where its design is as forward as the spirit of its interior energy.


You may not want to see Bootlegger Tiki again so soon after last night, but the adjacent Ernest Coffee (under the same cool ownership) is a must for a caffeine jolt.

En Route Magazine

To shop the Uptown Design District's boutiques, start on East Granvia Valmonte and head north along North Palm Canyon Drive. Stop in at Ernest Coffee Palm Springs or brunch at chef Tara Lazar's Cheeky's

Wallpaper Magazine

Within the past year Toronto-born photographer and entrepreneur Jaime Kowal has launched a trio of ventures including The Amado - a collection of 5 boutique vacation rental units - a coffee shop and a Tiki bar all in Palm Springs' uptown design district and geared towards a younger generation of design-savvy visitor.

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.


Brainchild of Jaime Kowal and Chris Pardo (the dynamic duo behind neighboring Ernest Coffee), Bootlegger Tiki—with its totem poles, novelty lighting, and various pictures of topless ladies on the walls—is the epitome of a kitschy tiki bar. Best part: happy hour is a daily occurrence here, meaning the elaborate rum-centric concoctions (Mai Tai, Daiquiri, Blue Hawaii, and more) can be enjoyed at deep discounts from 4 to 6.

Palm Springs Life

A duo of hip hangouts now occupies the space: Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, connected by an outdoor patio, offer hot Stumptown Coffee and handcrafted tiki cocktails from morning to night.

Tasting Table LA

Get your caffeine fix at Ernest Coffee. This resident favorite uses Stumptown beans for its espresso ($2.50) and iced coffee ($3 small, $3.25 large). And if you're feeling like a tipple, there are wine, beer and bubbly options, too.

West Jet Magazine

The Amado, a hip vacation rental; Ernest Coffee, an uptown coffee shop; and Bootlegger Tiki, a tropical-themed watering hole. These are some of her favourite spots.

Vogue Living Australia

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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