Coffee and baked goods have always gone together, like rock 'n' roll, yin and yang, and bald-eagle hatchlings and William Howard Taft's toupee. Introduce your mouth to a dazzling duet with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a $20 gift card good for coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and more at Espresso Royale. This Groupon is redeemable at three Madison locations: near campus, a block from the state capitol, and at Cafe Zoma on Atwood Ave.
Espresso Royale, which started as a favorite pick-me-up for college students and has since branched out to cater to the nonstudenty masses, uses a custom, full-bodied Italian bean blend for its espresso drinks. The café's menu ranges from standard coffee sips and specialty espresso drinks to teas and baseballs autographed by former vice presidents. Pour a latte ($2.70–$3.65) down your throat, substitute a fruit smoothie for a meal ($3.65–$4.15), scratch your itchy holiday spirit with a mint hot chocolate ($2.30–$3.30), or drink from a teapot ($3.25) using a traditional tea straw. Be sure to hurry and redeem this Groupon, because it only lasts for three months.
Seventeen Yelpers give the Espresso Royale location near campus an average of three and a half stars. Twelve Yelpers give the Atwood Avenue location an average of three stars, and twelve Yelpers give the capitol location a four star average.
Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2012 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the third year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a chocolate-almond roast and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.