Waking up is hard to do, especially when dreams offer a place to relax with a warm drink and an inverted clown that looks suspiciously like mother. Enjoy hot sips and fresh beans sans nightmare imagery with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of coffee beans, tea, and drink accessories at Daily Grind’s online store. All coffee makers and other machines ship for free; orders under $50 can use the Groupon value toward delivery charges.
An independent, family-owned-and-operated business, Daily Grind has sold java junkies more than 50,000 pounds of fresh-roasted coffee beans since 1976 in its native New York State. The bold, smooth notes of the house blend ($14/lb.) give percolating palates a base-jumping point into more adventurous international flavors, such as the rich, full-bodied rain-forest blend ($13/lb.), the bittersweet Danish black and brown ($14/lb.), or the espresso blend—which modestly claims to be “the best you ever had” ($15/lb.). Brewful accessories, such as coffee filters, machine cleaners, and steaming pitchers pamper and aid caffeinated accoutrements ($4.95 and up). Coffee makers, such as the french press ($29.95), are also available to coax complete cups of coffee from conception through to consumption; or, apply the Groupon toward a deluxe model from brands such as Rancilio (starting at $349) and Gaggia (starting at $179). For those who prefer to savor a cup of tea while watching video footage of the latest adorable thing a cat did, Daily Grind also stocks bagged and loose teas (starting at $7.50 and $9.95 respectively).
Lee and Barrye Cohen have been roasting and brewing fresh beans into caffeinated elixirs since 1976, when they first began expanding horizons with then-unheard-of espresso and cappuccinos. Using the same trusty vintage coffee roaster they used back then, they continue to roast aromatic gourmet beans. They brighten mornings and afternoon slumps with traditional coffee or energize lattes, mochas, and chai with rich espresso. Chefs cook up a menu of updated classics daily with local farm-fresh eggs and housemade sauces, stacking egg sandwiches with andouille sausage and deli sandwiches with pit-baked ham.
On select evenings, melodies and spoken words can be heard emanating from the Troy location, which hosts an open-mic night where local artists play music or slam poetry books onto the floor as guests sip cocktails and wine. The Cohens are proud of their local roots, and give back the loyalty they've received by frequently donating to local charitable causes. Daily Grind also has an online store, which outfits kitchens with loose-leaf teas, cappuccino machines, and gelato machines from brands such as Baratza, Gaggia, and Nemox.