- Matthew Schniper
1802 Dominion Way, 719-433-5995, thepopcolorado.com
Drive-thru, pickup and delivery
If you haven’t checked out 21/2-year-old drive-thru kiosk The Pop yet, know that they specialize in “custom soda creations from the classics you know and love.” Translation: drinks like Dr Pepper with raspberry purée and coconut flavoring.
Teenage me would have dug the hell out of that, but adult me averages about a single soda a year, so I’m drawn instead to the espresso offerings, made with beans from Australia’s Vittoria Coffee. Specialty lattes are also sweet, but The Pop does a nice job balancing the sugary infusions with dark-roast flavor. The Coconut Dream highlights that flavoring with a little vanilla enhancement and chocolate sauce garnish; we get it as a standard hot latte and it disappears quickly.