Man systematically ground, steeped, and drank his way through a lot of jaguar bones, snail shells, and goats before he finally stumbled upon coffee beans. Celebrate the culmination of this quest for a buzz with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $25 worth of derriere-pummeling brews, munchies, and martial-arts equipment from Kick Butt Coffee. When you redeem your Groupon, you will receive a five-punch card; each punch is worth $5 and can be applied to anything on the menu. With your punch card, you can administer cup-to-mouth resuscitation among the red paint and bamboo at either of Kick Butt's two Austin locations or its Helena, Montana, branch, Kick Butte.
Kick Butt's ebullient owner Thomas Gohring—who also owns and operates a tai chi and kung fu dojo—shatters your expectations of tree-bark coffee and stone-hard scones like a martial-arts master pulverizes a stack of cinderblocks by using only the finest Arabica beans grown and raised at Earth's loftiest altitudes. Start the midnight off right with a double espresso ($1.85), a mint mocha (regular for $3.90), or a Kung Fu coffee with Irish crème ($6). If you'd rather mellow than jolt, regular smoothies start at $3.85, and hot chocolate starts at $2.40. Since breakfast is the most important meal for any day of side-scrolling action/adventure, pick up an order of actual throwing stars ($3) with your croissant ($1.85) or a pair of nun-chucks ($12) with your cranberry muffin ($1.85). For a more potent power-up before facing the level boss, walk over a kick n' chicken samich ($6), a generous portion of chicken karate-chopped by Chuck Norris (hence its lack of bones) on a butter croissant topped with habanera and jalapeno peppers. Check out the full menu here.
While there are no breakable wooden boards or lackeys who attack one at a time, Kick Butt does have a pool, a Wii, and a giant plasma-screen TV—and kung fu–uniformed baristas to top off your coffee and give you a black eye (two extra espresso shots, $1) whenever you need one. Treat all five of your deadly venoms to a delicious coffee at Kick Butt with today's Groupon.
The Austin Chronicle says:
- Well, move over Seattle...At Kick Butt Cof¬fee, the baristas are decked out in Mandarin-collared kung-fu uniform tops, and both the decor and the names of specialty drinks take their inspiration from martial arts, as well...This new concept is the brainchild of local martial-arts instructor Thomas Gohring, owner of Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu Academy... Long-range plans for the business include regular Kick Butt comedy and music events and the expansion to six or more stores within the next five years. – Virginia B. Wood
- Not only does Kick Butt have a cool atmosphere, pleasing decor, and a menu that has everything from smoothies to vegan noodles to sandwiches to fresh baked pastries, but the coffee is SO GOOD! The staff is friendly, there is always a cool movie playing on a huge projector screen and they even have live music/comedy at night. – Jakobsmom, Urbanspoon
- The coffee lattes are really good and tasty and if you are not a coffee lover then try the smoothies, frappies [sic] and chai tea. They are the best in Austin and are made using natural sugar. No artifical [sic] stuff in these drinks. – TaiChi2themax, Citysearch
- The coffee drinks are consistently delicious--I recommend getting a Black Eye--it will pick you up if you are feeling down! – Maria, Urbanspoon