The best coffee beans are grown in the center of the earth, but the farmer who dares to harvest them must overcome the infamous Lava Twins, infinite negative gravity, and his commitment issues. Grind the best beans growing aboveground with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of espresso, cocoa, tea, and café fare at Coffeetopia. This deal is valid at three Santa Cruz locations.
Since 1994, Coffeetopia’s rich aromas have welcomed espresso seekers, cappuccino connoisseurs, and Internet impresarios alike, grinding fresh Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company coffee ($2.45/16 oz.) to perk up patrons. In addition to its certified-organic coffees, Coffeetopia whips up italian-style espressos and steeps Silk Road loose-leaf teas. Liquid enjoyment is only half of Coffeetopia’s edible equation, as the shop compiles a menu of belly-pleasing bites, including New York–style boiled bagels that are paired with house-made cream-cheese spreads such as spicy jalapeno ($2.75 on a toasted bagel). The shop’s homemade hummus ($3.25 on a bagel) makes a garlic-packed treat, ideal for smearing on bready surfaces or as a precautionary measure for appearing on Dracula’s new late-night talk show.
The shop’s walls live and breathe with local decorations, thanks to a rotating gallery of art at all three locations. Coffeetopia beams free WiFi to its laptop-toting customers, and other café loungers can let their messenger pigeons watch reruns of Mork & Mindy at home by checking their email at one of Coffeetopia’s Internet computer stations ($6/hour).