A cup of coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, like sleeping late or burning your trash. Warm up with this Groupon.
$39 for a Two-Hour Coffee 101 Class ($80 Value)
During a hands-on Coffee 101 class, students learn to imitate Ipsento’s precise brewing methods so they can brew barista-quality cups at home. A coffee instructor explains each bean’s journey from tree to cup before letting attendees experiment with different methods of brewing that are easy to replicate at home. The class also covers different varieties of coffee from around the world, and helps students develop their palates and discover which regions and roasts they prefer. Ipsento provides snacks to nibble alongside endless sips of coffee.
Attention to detail is key at Ipsento, where staffers artfully decorate lattes and taste test roasted coffee beans daily to guarantee their perfection. This kind of culture starts with Ipsento’s owner, who flies around the world sampling coffee while building rapport with bean producers and paying them more than fair-trade and market prices.
Ipsento serves its freshly roasted coffee in a cozy café where patrons can chat or type studiously on a fake laptop made out of cardboard. Behind the counter, talented baristas steam milk and pull shots from a state-of-the-art Slayer espresso machine. Using Jo Snow and other locally made syrups, they create cardamom-rose lattes and the signature Ipsento latte, flavored with coconut milk, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. A small set of stairs leads to the back room, which is decorated with framed photos and windows repurposed as wall art. In this serene environment, music plays as patrons sip coffee and eat made-to-order sandwiches on croissants or sliced bread.