Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $3, you get $6 worth of coffee, tea, and smoothies at The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand on Wealthy Street SE. This Groupon is not valid for bottled beverages and cannot be used for newspapers or magazines.
The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand is stocked with an impressive array of brewables, steepables, and munchables. The cozy beverage boutique serves up more than 30 loose-leaf teas by the classic cup ($2.50) for calming down even the most stressed-out Depression-era baseball players. Iced green and black teas ($1.90) are also available to cool customers down on hot summer days. A bevy of fair-trade bean-juice options will perk up the thirsty without causing moral jitters. Throw back a shot of espresso ($1.90) for a no-frills energy punch, or flirt with the foam atop a decadent mocha ($3.75) during a relaxed rendezvous at the café. Bottomless house coffee ($3.50) is available for the supersleepy or those who've been boycotting cup bottoms ever since they started supporting big-box retail chains. If you crave creativity, opt for a customizable bubble tea ($3.75–$4.25) and let the tapioca beads act as a delightfully textured muse.
A vibrant candy-apple façade and forest-green awnings call customers to flit into Sparrows' cozy interior. Filled with warm overhead light and an abundance of wooden tables and chairs, the café-cum-newsstand sets the stage for friendly gatherings while ensuring your company won't likely be mixed with cold-blooded reptilians from the Mariana Trench. Take advantage of the café's free WiFi by arranging a coffee date with a far-flung friend over video chat, or ogle other homo sapiens in real time from an outdoor café table that's just right for people watching.
Yelpers step up to the counter and give The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand an average of 4.5 stars:
- Great atmosphere and friendly staff. I just got a caramel latte but it was tasty and kept me awake. – Ben H.
- Sparrows has organic and free trade coffee and tea and supports local businesses by posting event fliers or selling t-shirts, for example. – Joanna D.
- A sweet little place with a good feeling about it. They have completely covered a wall with a selection of magazines and newspapers for reading, and lined their long counter with jars of loose leaf teas. – Elizabeth M.
1035 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506Get Directions