Man systematically ground, steeped, and drank his way through 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 $5, you get $10 worth of coffee and café fare at Kick Butt Coffee, with two Austin locations.
Kick Butt Coffee's ebullient owner Thomas Gohring—who also owns and operates a tai chi and kung fu dojo—shatters expectations of stale coffee and rock-hard scones by using only the finest Arabica beans, grown and raised at Earth's loftiest altitudes. Start the midnight off right with a double espresso shot ($1.99) or a mint mocha ($4.39+). Since breakfast is the most important meal for any day of side-scrolling action/adventure, the café menu matches the martial-arts motif of its beverage selection, along with an in-store supply of street-fighting necessities. Pick up an order of actual throwing stars ($3.99) with a croissant ($1.99+), or pair a pair of nunchucks ($11.99) with a cranberry muffin ($1.99+). For a more potent power-up before facing the level boss, the Kick'n chicken salad Samich offers up a generous portion of protein so spicy that the shop suggests serving it with a soda, slice of cheese, or a tongue-sized fire blanket ($7.99).
Although there are no breakable wooden boards or lackeys who attack one at a time, Kick Butt Coffee does have a Wii, a giant plasma-screen TV, and kung fu–uniformed baristas to top off coffee and give a black eye (two extra espresso shots, $1.99) whenever necessary. Both locations frequently play host to special events such as live music and comedy acts, so be sure to check out the events calendar before dropping in.