Coffee was first paired with vinyl when a DJ used a record as a coaster and discovered that the stains left by his cup made "Revolution 9" played backward say "My pinky is thin enough to accommodate a Cheerio ring." Celebrate the historic union with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of records and coffee at Vinyl Cafe in Ames.
As home to more than 4,000 records as well as an ample array of coffee drinks, Vinyl Cafe is trove of treasure for mouths and ears. Its menu highlights slow-roasted fair-trade coffees ($1.50–$3.75), but makes space for tea ($2.00), chai ($2.50–$3.50), smoothies ($3.50–$3.75), and pastries, which vary and are baked fresh every day. While sipping, peruse the constantly changing selection of records (starting at $3), tapes (starting at $0.75), and CDs (starting at $5.00), or gaze at the work of local artists that lines the walls. A listening booth gives guests the chance to hear the subtleties in "Bird Calls of North America" before deciding to buy. Patrons can also utilize Vinyl's free WiFi to look up favorite albums, release dates, and the location of their birth parents.