Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with cigarette-smoking parking meters. Pour a steaming cup of daydream with today's deal: for $10, you get one coffee class, a coffee beverage, and a half-pound bag of coffee at Coffea Roasterie on South Louise Avenue.
Coffee is not only a delicious way to perk up in the morning but a relaxing mid-afternoon treat, a nostalgic scent, and a conveniently scalding self-defense weapon. It's also an elusive substance with as many varietals as wine. Coffea Roasterie's one-hour crash course in coffee will teach the caffeine curious the basics of the subject, from the life cycle of a coffee bean, where it comes from, how it's roasted, the best ways to brew the essential substance, and the key differences between lattes, cappuccinos, and liquid mercury. Have fun taste testing and participating in hands-on coffee activities, all while absorbing enriching knowledge that you can later lord over sleepy, coffee-deprived friends and census takers.
With today's Groupon percolating in your pocket, you'll also get a full coffee beverage of your choosing, such as a medium-sized mocha or a medium-sized masala latte ($4.44 each), plus a half-pound bag of any coffee (up to $10) to take home. Depending on your preferences, you can lose yourself in the Sumatra Blue Batak's hints of tobacco and cranberry, try a brighter day starter with the citrus-flavored Tanzania Hope Project Peaberry roast, or luxuriate in the light, intensely floral aroma of the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke, among others.
Coffea Roasterie is the only coffee shop within 200 miles that participates in "direct trade." This means they buy their coffee beans straight from growers, thereby controlling the quality of the stock and the certifications of the suppliers (no surprise bags of coal this time). The quaint café and espresso bar uses local and organic ingredients whenever possible and makes all of its flavored syrups in-house—ensuring the best-tasting, healthiest vanilla lattes rather than mochas that mostly consist of Blue Dye No. X, strontium milk, and "flavor dust." Call ahead to reserve a spot in your coffee class at Coffea Roasterie.
- if you are a picky espresso/latte drinker, you'll love this place! thanks, coffea! – Layli, Google Maps
- My wife had a vanilla latte. They made it with vanilla extract and sugar instead of the typical syrup. I was skeptical at first, but after trying a sip I could taste how much better the flavor was. The latte art on top was just icing on the cake. – David, Google Maps
- My new favorite coffee place in Sioux Falls, and among my favorite anywhere. – Jeremy W., Yelp