A Latin American flair elevates the Colorado coffee at Aspen Family Coffee. Baristas fill cups with fresh-brewed Jittery Joe's Coffee, micro-roasted to be rich and smooth. They infuse Latin American coffee drinks with dulce de leche, coconut milk, or orange spices, while they serve yerba mate hot, cold, or poured boiling from a castle tower. Striving to be eco-friendly, the staff employs solar panels to power appliances.
At CherryBerry Hutchinson, patrons personalize cups of frozen yogurt while moving through a self-serve system with a wide selection of toppings. Much like a con-man's birthday, CherryBerry's selection of 12 flavors changes regularly, but each graces tongues with live and active cultures known to boost digestive health and immunity. The real-dairy treats are also low in fat, making them all-around healthy alternatives to typical desserts.
Independently owned Mojo’s lifts eyeshades daily with direct-trade, organic P.T.’s Coffee, winner of the 2009 Macro Roaster of the Year award from Roast magazine. Bean drinkers can slurp and sip an array of beverages concocted by highly trained espresso machinists. Cloak stiff upper lips with the froth of a regular or flavored mocha ($3–$3.46) or cappuccino ($2.54–$2.77), which use Monin syrups and Ghiradelli chocolate to enhance espresso canvases. Coffee imbibers can also roast the midnight oil with Mojo’s I.V. Stat ($3.69–$3.92), a four-shot flavored latte useful for judging Monopoly tournaments and rousing hibernating bears. Though not covered by this Groupon, Mojo’s also whips up paninis, wraps, and quiches from behind their cherry-wood-hue counter.
Each Candyopolis is home to over 1,000 different varieties of sweets, with everything from old-fashioned Depression-era favorites such as licorice Herbert Hoovers and "chewing dirt" to the latest wave of sugary and sour confections (Toxic Waste sour candy, $1.99). Retro sweet teeth will delight at the sight of Abba Zabba candy bars ($1.49), Big Hunk ($1.49), and the Holy Trinity for chewing connoisseurs: Beeman's, Blackjack, and Clove Gum ($1.50 each). Imported and domestic chocolates cohabitate peacefully in neighboring bulk bins, while insurgent bands of gummy worms build IEDs out of Pop Rocks ($0.89) and plot a military coup over Candyopolis's ruling class of imported Haribo gummy bears ($3.99/half pound), which also come dipped in chocolate ($4.99/half pound). With 48 flavors of Jelly Bellies ($5.99/half pound), 50 unique PEZ dispensers ($2.49 each), and 21 colors of M&Ms ($5.99/half pound), each year Candyopolis exports a colorful crop of treats directly to the bellies of local children, children-at-heart, and hopelessly misinformed health nuts everywhere.
Named Best Bakery in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, by The Best of Wichita, W.O.W. Cakes' expert baker and decorator, Pam Pletcher, concocts artful gourmet confections slathered in copious quantities of house-made toppings and homemade buttercream. Bakers craft more than 50 flavors of cakes and cupcakes–including 12 gourmet cupcakes–easily accommodating requests for coconut wedding cake topped with chocolate fondant or red velvet birthday cake filled with bavarian cream. Alternative recipes turn treats into gluten-free and sugar-free of time-tested favorites to accommodate special diets or throw dessert-sniffing detectives off track. Imaginative bakers transform cakes into pieces of art with hand-piped chocolate, sculpted frosting, and strategic props, and have used their skills to transform a simple sheet cake into everything from a ski boat to a flame-licked barbecue grill.
Having traveled to teahouses the world over, the owner of Chelmsford Tea and Gifts wanted to open a shop that represented the full spectrum of tea-brewing possibilities. With more than 180 types of loose-leaf and bagged teas from around the globe, his establishment unlocks a barrage of delicate flavors in prepared hot or iced drinks with expert steeping know-how. For the home brewer, the shop stocks french presses, stainless-steel infusers, and Brown Betty teapots from England, where tea-leaf reading is a televised sport. Naturally flavored black teas, herbal teas, and mild, caffeine-free rooibos teas also pair well the shop's stock of scone mixes and jams.