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.
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.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the frozen granite stone into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Dairy Queen's iconic Blizzard treat—a concoction of soft-serve ice cream blended with special ingredients such as candy, fruit or cookies—turns 25 years old this year. In honor of the creamy delight's silver anniversary, Dairy Queen is highlighting 25 fetching flavors for Blizzard lovers. Unleash Maui in your mouth with the pineapple and banana slices of the Hawaiian Blizzard, or satisfy a thirst for theobromine with the Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard. Other flavors in the spotlight include Oreo, Raspberry Truffle, Cappuccino Heath, and French Silk Pie.
Selecting a dozen doughy delights from LaMar's menu of more than 75 varieties requires careful consideration and intense soul-searching. Ray's Original Glazed, by tradition, should be included among cake donuts such as pumpkin, devil's food glazed, maple iced with sprinkles, and banana. Otherwise, pit a raised cinnamon-sugar donut's airy sweetness against the density of a chocolate-iced cake donut with M&M's. Whichever flavors you favor, they'll arrive warm, golden, and slightly crisp on the outside with an artful glaze that leaves fingertips sticky enough to do a decent Spider-Man impression on the nearest wall.
Lisa Buckingham showcases her artistry on sweet, edible canvases, and has been baking up creative specialty cakes since 2006. Sweet teeth can be satisfied and sore eyes massaged with the chocolate lovers package of six jumbo handcrafted cupcakes. The palate-pleasing pillows are twice the size of their regulation-size cupcake counterparts, like an athlete and his bobblehead or an ewe and her lamb that's gone through the dryer. White-chocolate raspberry, chocolate hazelnut, and chocolate peanut butter cup populate the saccharine sextet, their luscious made-from-scratch fillings surrounded by a carefully tuned combo of flour, eggs, and cocoa.