J. and I don’t drink a lot of coffee and when we do it is usually at home but every once in awhile we will will find ourselves out and about and in search of a little caffeine jolt. Wednesday was one of those day, well that and the fact that we needed to kill 15 minutes.
We pick up our raw milk at Sammy’s Organics here in Colorado Springs so that we don’t have to drive all the way out to the farm every week. It saves us and the dairy owners a lot of gas and time which is nice. Unfortunately this also means that sometimes they haven’t delivered yet or we get there too early and we have to amuse ourselves until the delivery comes. Sammy’s is a pretty small store and most of their products are premade or packaged goods so we don’t do any shopping there. It looks like they have some really nice breads and pastries but we make all that stuff ourselves so we haven’t had a reason to try theirs.
Sammy’s is also very small and killing 15 minutes there would have been pretty hard so we decided to try out the coffee/tea shop, Pike’s Perk, in the same shopping center. It looked small and trendy from the outside and the inside decor is pretty simple but the menu is amazing! They serve 101 different flavors of milkshakes in addition to the dozens of coffees (including fair trade, organic) and teas. They also serve a complete menu of soups, sandwiches and pastries. My mouth started salivating when I went in and after waiting for a couple minutes to the cashier and customer chatting I can tell this is the type of place that only locals really know about and they come a lot.
While waiting for our iced coffees we managed to polish off quite a few of the free pound cake samples and pick up some coffee syrup in a glass bottle (score!). The coffee was great and the price was good as well, especially for the syrup which was only $6.
We gave up traditional coffee creamer because of high fructose corn syrup, calories, and all the plastic involved but we weren’t ready to drink our coffee black either. We set out on a quest to find flavored syrups in glass bottles at a decent price. Let me tell you the stuff at Whole Foods is not reasonably priced. It was exciting to get good deal and know that our money was going to support the two kick ass people working behind the counter.