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The four limited drinks at Power Cup Coffee. From left to right: Roary’s Surprise, All-Nighter Boost, Sweet Citrus Splash and Peachy Sunrise. (Ann Penalosa)

 

A flyer with the limited edition drinks placed on top of Power Cup’s menu. (Ann Penalosa)

For the first two weeks of the spring quarter, Power Cup Coffee partnered with De Anza Student Government, the Inter-Club Council and Mentors at De Anza to push out four limited edition drinks, three of which are boba and one which is a latte.

These four drinks — Roary’s Surprise, All-Nighter Boost, Sweet Citrus Splash and Peachy Sunrise — have turned out … interesting. Some of these drinks are absolute bangers — I’ll be getting them every chance I have over the next two weeks — while others, not so much.

While Power Cup is set to take these drinks off the menu after April 22, students who still want to experience the limited drinks can order them as a custom option.

 

Roary’s Surprise

A cup of Roary’s Surprise, a collaboration drink between Power Cup Coffee and De Anza Student Government. (Ann Penalosa)

To be honest, the only thing that surprised me about Roary’s Surprise was that our mascot has a name and that this drink was how I learned about it.

This drink tasted as amazing as it looked — it feels like something off of a cruise ship — the crystal jelly blended perfectly with the raspberry and pineapple and neither flavor overpowered the other.

DASG advertised this drink as “inspired by De Anza’s warm colors;” while De Anza doesn’t have the warmest of colors, this drink certainly does with its vibrant pink (in stark contrast to the school’s deep maroon).

My only complaint with the drink is that it took a lot longer to drink than any of the others. As someone who’s used to chugging my drinks in half a minute between classes, Roary’s Surprise took 10 frustrating minutes to finish with its fizziness.

For people who love to savor their drinks, this is a perfect experience; I am not one of those people. Still, Roary’s Surprise tastes amazing and only costs $4.75; I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4.9/5

 

A cup of All-Nighter Boost, a collaboration drink between Power Cup Coffee and De Anza Student Government. (Ann Penalosa)

All-Nighter Boost

This mocha caramel latte is the least customized specialty drink and also the most expensive, coming in at $5.75. As the only non-boba specialty drink on the menu, the All-Nighter Boost is an experience more consistent with the rest of Power Cup’s lineup.

The drink isn’t anything new; it’s an espresso built for turning in work at 11:59 p.m. and powering through sleep deprivation. Nothing exceptional but great nonetheless.

I’d say this drink is accurate to the DASG experience, from powering through late night budget deliberation sessions to juggling committee responsibilities on top of class workloads.

Even when Power Cup takes the All-Nighter Boost off the featured menu, I can see myself joining hundreds of De Anza students flocking to order this when midterms come around.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Sweet Citrus Splash

A cup of Sweet Citrus Splash, a collaboration drink between Power Cup Coffee and the Inter-Club Council. (Ann Penalosa)

The Sweet Citrus Splash lives up to its name; it’s sweet, tangy and soothing. Neither the honey nor lemon overpowers the other and the ICC’s choice of strawberry popping boba gives the drink a unique texture, setting it apart from both lemonade and boba.

Despite its amazing texture, the drink falls short of a lemon iced tea; it tastes exactly like a diluted honey lemon cough drop. That isn’t a bad thing — honey lemon cough drops taste amazing — but the drink doesn’t exactly stand out when it’s a weaker version of a taste I would associate with recovering from a sore throat.

I didn’t expect this drink to water down as quickly as it did; after leaving it alone for a few minutes, I got less “cough drop” and more “flavored water.” Chugging this drink gives its taste the best chance of staying intact.

The popping boba was the best part about this drink and almost single-handedly carried its taste profile, but I think I would rather get my boba with another drink for cheaper; $5.25 can do a lot better at Power Cup than the Sweet Citrus Splash.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

A cup of Peachy Sunrise, a collaboration drink between Power Cup Coffee and Mentors at De Anza, with a straw on top. (Ann Penalosa)

Peachy Sunrise

Mentors at De Anza picked out an amazing base drink — the peach and passion fruit tea work amazingly together and form a very refreshing duo. As the cheapest of Power Cup’s limited drinks coming in at $4.50, I thought this drink would take the top spot of the four.

Then, the reality that brown sugar boba doesn’t work with everything hit me like a truck; the two taste profiles clash like instant ramen and hot chocolate powder. The brown sugar boba comes off way too sweet and makes the peach and passion fruit tea taste bitter by comparison; I wish Mentors at De Anza chose a different topping to go with their drink, like strawberry popping boba or even regular boba, as either option would have complemented the drink’s taste profile much better.

Trying the drink without the brown sugar boba redeemed it from what could have been an abysmal rating; next time, I’ll remember to ask for it without the boba.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

Editor’s note: This story’s headline has been updated to reflect that Power Cup has sold boba for around a year by now. The story was originally titled “Power Cup … boba?”

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