Ever since America lost custody of tea in its messy divorce with England, we've had to find new liquid sources of caffeine and new neighborhood taxmen. Say no to taxation without caffeination with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of coffee and pastries at St. Thomas Roasters.
The coffee chemists at St. Thomas Roasters concoct an assortment of custom brews, espressos, and lattes. Stop in to check out a variety of roasted beans and flavored blends, before sipping on hot specialty drinks such as the 12-ounce coffee ($1.22) or 16-ounce mocha ($4.15). Blends such as the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and earthy Sumatra Mandheling are freshly roasted on-site and brewed into concoctions that induce relaxation like teddy bears filled with winning lottery tickets.
Pastries such as the cheese danish ($2) and bear claw ($2) provide a sweet and gooey complement to the morning's coffee. Stay until lunch to enjoy a savory midday coupling such as tuna salad, displayed on a fluffy croissant and accompanied by crunchy chips ($4).
St. Thomas Roasters
Every day since 2000, the tantalizing aromas of roasting coffee have flooded St. Thomas Roasters as staffers create a variety of bean blends using an onsite Diedrich roaster. Their creations include fair-trade organic coffee from Honduras, a special Linglestown blend, and flavored roasts including dark-chocolate dust and cinnamon sticky bun. Meanwhile, on the first floor of their shop, they transform the freshly roasted beans into piping-hot cups of coffee and espresso drinks, complementing sweet and savory food options such as apple croissants, breakfast pastries, and paninis.
The shop itself, housed in a residential building with a stone façade, offers the comforts of home as patrons cozy up inside or head to the porch to watch live music from a rotating lineup of artists. They can also bring home bags of beans to grind at home or use as props for a coffeehouse-themed sitcom.