Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollercoaster 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 coffee drinks and pastries at Brewberry Coffee Company in Fort Mitchell.
Named by The Community Press & Recorder readers as northern Kentucky’s best coffee shop in 2010, Brewberry Coffee Company sends caffeine coursing through sleepy brain waves with locally roasted brews and placates pastry cravings with freshly baked goods. Like fairy tales about royalty, Brewberry’s joes range from light to dark, washing gently over drowsy taste buds with waves of Tanzanian peaberry or stiffening upper lips with a bracing Sumatran blend ($1.75–$1.95/cup). Combat friction burns from tongue twisters with the chill of a frappe ($3.95+) or iced latte ($3.50+) accented by 1 of 30 different flavored syrups such as caramel or vanilla. Homemade pastries such as muffins ($1.75) and cinnamon rolls ($2.75) soak up espresso dregs, while treating sweet teeth to early rewards for refraining from biting strangers' purses.