Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by roller coaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, and more at The Coffee Beanery in Jersey City.
The Coffee Beanery baristas steam, froth, whip, fluff, and otherwise pour a variety of energizing elixirs, as well as tea and fresh-fruit smoothies ($4.95–$5.45). Using 100% Arabica beans for flavor and quality, The Coffee Beanery concocts a premium line of lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos that power patrons through a morning meeting or existential crisis—and also indulges more decadent desires with custom caffeinated creations such as the white-chocolate mocha topped with whipped cream ($3.55–$4.35) or the chai-tea chiller ($4.95–$5.60). Flavored brews undergo taste enhancement right out of the roaster, with no added calories. While not included with this Groupon, sandwiches and bags of coffee beans stand ready to curb appetites or fill at-home grinders and piggy banks.
Founded in 1976, the Coffee Beanery has wafted the enticing aroma of its beans not only throughout the United States but also over foreign soil. At each location, baristas brew the company's specially roasted beans and decaf coffee, which expels caffeine via the Swiss water process rather than with harsh chemicals. In addition to steaming espresso drinks and blending icy frappalattes, the staff stocks their shelves with bags of flavored coffees such as french toast, chocolate mint kiss, and Michigan cherry. Although guests are welcome to cozy up at a table or grab a cup to go, the beanery also lures shoppers inside to peruse a selection of coffee gifts, perfect for birthdays or Monday mornings.