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 to be used towards coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and more at Espresso Royale. This Groupon is redeemable at three Minneapolis-St. Paul locations: Hennepin Avenue, 14th Avenue Southeast., and formerly Brewberry's Coffee Shop on Fairview Avenue South.
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.
This Groupon must be redeemed within three months of the purchase date for a gift certificate which has no expiration date to Espresso Royale.
Yelpers give the 14th Ave. S.E. location of Espresso Royale an average of 3.5 stars and seven TripAdvisors give the same location an average of 3.5 owl eyes. Yelpers give the Hennepin Ave. location a four-star average. More than 1,100 Facebookers are fans of the business.
- With its dim lighting and comfortable college town vibe, this cafe is spaciously decorated with movable tables and chairs while plenty of small hanging photographs and indoor plants helped to sum up its pleasant décor. – Daniel L., 14th Ave. S.E. location, Yelp
- This coffee shop is my neighborhood place to go! – Heidi S., Yelp
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.