Espresso can keep you awake during a long day of office work or while teaching an especially boring group of children. Stay awake with this Groupon.
$7.50 for Three Visits for Espresso and Pastries ($15 Value)
You will receive three vouchers, each worth $5. Iced coffee starts at $2.15, cappuccino starts at $2.70, lattes start at $2.85, and Black Bear mocha starts at $3.50.
Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso
A shadowy figure looms on Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso's logo, ready to pounce on the delicious treat placed in front of him. Fortunately, this is just one of the shop's bear mascots, who, like all bears in the Blue Ridge Mountains, subsists on a diet comprised solely of yogurt and coffee. Treats like these are in abundance at this cozy shop, where colorful menu boards stand out against stone walls and dark-wood tones. Across those boards, the staff has scrawled the cozy café's diverse array of pick-me-ups, including fresh coffees from the local mavens at Mountain City Roasters that come in Cub (12 oz.), Mama Bear (16 oz.), and Papa Bear (20 oz.) sizes. Guests can cut these steaming cups with an array of specialty milks, ranging from organic cow's milk to alternatives including almond, coconut, and soy. Ghiradelli chocolate sauce adds refined flavor to mochas, and even lends its signature sweetness to the shop's scratch-baked cupcakes. On warmer days, perhaps, cold and frozen drinks seem more appealing, such as iced tea and iced coffee made with iced coffee cubes to prevent dilution. Likewise, frozen yogurt cools off tongues, and additional baked good such as Guinness cake topple the munchies and sweets cravings all at once.
After retrieving their treats, guests often get comfortable in Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso inviting themed seating areas. There, after snagging a table, they can peruse the shop's library of books and board games, scrutinize the Art Room's paintings by local artists, or settle in for browsing via free WiFi. On colder days, guests can warm themselves in front of the Patriot Room's fireplace, where a flag flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom New Dawn 2010 honors the country's fallen heroes and the owners' fellow veterans. Once warm weather returns, an outdoor deck with seating and plenty of green space entices parents, kids, and pets into some much-needed frolicking. If the rains roll in, kids can also entertain themselves with the shop's ample selection of storybooks, puzzles, and coloring books.
For larger parties, Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso offers a private meeting room. There, groups ranging from book clubs to business meetings can chat in comfortable seclusion over some of the shop's signature eats and drinks.