Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of barista beverages, gelato, pastries, and more at Maxximo Jo's in Franklin.
In addition an extensive variety of bean-juice beverages with Zoka Coffee (which won the coveted Macro Roaster of the Year award from Roast Magazine in 2007), Maxximo Jo's offers a full menu of tea, specialty cold drinks, smoothies, freshly made gelato, sorbetto, and baked goods. Actors playing grooms get in character over the intermingling of white and dark chocolate in the tuxedo ($3.45/sm), while real-life brides gulp white-chocolate mocha frappes ($3.65/sm) to make dress trains perky enough to hover above the ground. For a classic fix, slurp the silky combination of steamed milk and espresso in a café latte ($2.85 for a small), or treat tasters to a walk on the wild side with a mocha valencia (dark chocolate with a twist of orange, $3.45/sm). Wake from dreams of cows balancing papayas on their noses with 100% fruit peach-pear-apricot smoothies ($3.80/sm) or Maxximo Jo's large selection of fresh gelato and sorbetto flavors ($4 for 6 oz. cup), often featuring favorites such as pistachio, guava, and caramel.
Conceptualized by two longtime coffee comrades, Maxximo Jo’s makes sure to match its warm beverages with equally warm service and a cozy ambience fit for friendly gatherings. Over properly prepared cups of coffee, social boundaries seem to evaporate and even famous rivals such as cats and the dogs can bond and, before long, will make baby crogs. Your Groupon will be exchanged for a $20 gift card, which can be hot-glued to your torso immediately or used to treat tonsils to gelato over as many visits as you'd like.