Nobody needs 57 baristas preparing their morning coffee. Choose quality over industrial-scale efficiency with today’s Groupon: $5 gets you $12 worth of coffee, breakfast, and lunch at Ah Barista, the downtown coffee and sandwich joint located right across from the RCA Dome. The brainchild of Ryan Stonebraker, Ah Barista is a departure from the usual coffee and sandwich chain gangs, offering a locally owned alternative that serves up quality food and coffee to the neighborhood.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Operated by Earth House Collective—a group of activists and artists dedicated to bolstering the local and global communities with culture and wellness—Earth House's cafe ensures that every wholesome meal on its menu is vegetarian. The shop incorporates many locally acquired and organic ingredients, and most dishes are vegan or gluten-free to ensure healthy, guilt-free digestion. Sup on a savory vegan Sonoma Salad sandwich, tossed with crispy baked tofu, red grapes, toasted pecans, and a creamy poppy-seed dressing ($4), or opt for a vegan and gluten-free mango black-bean pizza with a spicy and exotic poblano-pepper and sweet-potato accent ($4/slice). The cafe's 12-ounce, all-organic coffees are locally roasted by Bjava Coffee and are always ground and french-pressed to order, ensuring a neatly folded and more flavorful brew, with some sediment. Cafe connoisseurs can slurp the sweet, floral notes of the Guatemala roast ($2.50), the light fruitiness of the Ethiopian roast ($2.95), or the soft sweetness of the decaf Peru roast, which, like gazing at the stars or drawing the solar system with a tube of toothpaste, can be enjoyed at night ($2.95).
Each day, the delicacy devotees at cozy Sweet Tooth Bakery tempt palates with freshly baked cupcakes and cake bites enhanced with heavenly frostings and decadent fillings. Visitors can taste treats from a revolving list of available flavor combinations such as Chunky Monkey banana cake filled with chunks of walnut and chocolate or the white-chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry mousse smooth enough to evade parking tickets. The dessert consultants also create classic combinations, such as red velvet with cream-cheese icing and devil's-food cake with vanilla buttercream icing. Gluten-free and vegan options make the competitive sport of cupcake eating accessible to participants of varied dietary persuasions.
If your coffee could jazz up your morning routine and tie your laces at the same time, most people would consider it a very warm-hearted cup of joe indeed. Calvin Fletcher Coffee Company's coffee does it one better by giving back to the city of Indianapolis. All of the coffee shop's profits go to benefit organizations throughout the city, as well as the neighborhood's more-local needs. The coffee shop's altruism extends to the high quality of its organic, fair-trade coffees and organic teas—turning the entire process of drinking warm beverages into a barrage of win-win-win moments fit for a Manning.
Because her daughter did not care for cake, Tuwanna Roberson baked enormous cookies yearly to commemorate her birthday. One year, she decided to hand-dip her daughter's favorite Oreo cookies in chocolate, creating a treat so delicious that her daughter felt compelled to share it with her teachers and school administrators. In February 2011, after the school began requesting the chocolate confections for fundraising efforts and as building materials, Louise's Sweets was born.
Tuwanna finds inspiration in the inventive methods bakers use to make cupcakes, adding flavors to her chocolate to create different flavor profiles and decorating each dessert with simple icing designs, such as onesies and snowmen. She's even adorned a bouquet of cookies with icing eyelashes as a gift for a stylist and as proof that cookies are self-aware. Other treats that receive Tuwanna's chocolate treatment include pretzel rods and rice-krispies treats, all made fresh to order and optionally arranged inside embellished vases.
Operating out of the kitchen of an Episcopal church, the talented bakers at The Cakehole offer only customized, made-to-order treats. Their sucrose skills allow them to replicate stills from a movie for Oscar-themed cupcake trays or create a whole nest of Angry Birds-adorned cupcakes. Armed with sugar, water, and dye, bakers create decorative, multi-tiered cake art emblazoned with characters and themes from pop culture, comic books, and outdated tax codes. They can also fuse cakes and cupcakes together for a full mise en scéne, such as a zombie-themed wedding cake with accompanying cupcakes topped with tiny gum paste body parts.