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 $12, you get $25 worth of coffee, tea, and café fare at Umami Gourmet Coffee & Exotic Tea.
Umami is a portal into an aromatic world of freshly roasted gourmet coffees and exotic, premium loose-leaf teas. Tea samples are available every day so that customers can try before they buy, but knowledgeable staff members are also on hand to explain which teas flaunt specific health benefits. Opt for blended wellness teas, such as the cold-and-flu fighter, which contains echinacea and elderflowers, or sip diet tea blends that boost metabolism. Patrons can cruise the Net on complimentary WiFi while noshing on a baby spinach salad crowned with feta and fruity vinaigrette dressing ($6.95), or tame a full-force grumblestorm with hearty sandwiches and homemade desserts. Umami also offers teatime packages that include tastings of different teas, sandwich samples, assorted pastries, and more ($10.99–$15.99 per person).