Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of coffee and more from Collective Coffee, located on 20th Street West.
Collective Coffee blends Italy's rich café tradition with the Pacific Northwest's third-wave coffee culture, instilling a combination boutique coffee house and inviting artist's retreat in the heart of Riversdale. A classic cup of java nurtures tipplers with Intelligentsia-roasted beans, as well as rotating local roasts and vintage blends from artisan toasters ($2). Ignite a slumberous morning with an espresso ($2.50) or macchiato ($3.50), or recite Dante's description of the eighth circle, reserved for powdered nondairy creamer, while slowly stirring the foamy head of a cappuccino ($3.50) or latte ($4). Collective Coffee also steeps harmonious teas ($2) and rewards sweet teeth with hot chocolate ($3.75) and freshly baked goods by Caffé Sola.
Collective Coffee's participation in the Two Twenty movement ignites urban renewal by providing a space and platform for artists, musicians, writers, and wayward bongos.