Much like a massage from a cat, coffee helps people wake up, enlivens morning routines, and can be painful against bare skin. Keep a lid on your morning with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a coffee tasting for two at Bean There Coffeehouse in Norfolk (a $60 value).
Bean There Coffeehouse's knowledgeable baristas pour rich samples of joe and educate drinkers on coffee roasts and bean origins. Brews—which have received ratings of more than 80 points by the Specialty Coffee Association of America—fill cups in varieties such as the Ethiopia Harrar, which contains intense hints of berries, raisins, and peaches, and the Italian Blend, a Seattle-made concoction of Sicilian flavors with chocolate notes and soprano pitches. As pairs sip, coffee experts pontificate for 45–60 minutes on how bean origin affects flavor and the coffee's accent.
After tippling caffeinated beverages, connoisseurs select their favorite blend and receive a french press of the java along with a plate of snacks of cheese, desserts, and fresh fruit. The tasting ends with a shot of espresso and ladyfingers to delicately steer over-caffeinated samplers home.
Bean There Coffeehouse
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans lures passersby into Bean There Coffeehouse's two locations, where baristas reenergize sluggish bodies with a menu cascading with traditional brews and seasonal espresso beverages. The coffee shops' thoroughly vetted beans are plucked from the top 20% rated throughout the world, with special attention paid to the country of origin, the altitude, and the astrological sign of each bean. Serving up flavorful coffee is their top priority, and the staff also cultivates a homey, neighborhood feel at each establishment, welcoming guests to events such as coffee tastings, dessert pairings, and poetry slams.