Erin Gardner | Culture Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org
In honor of International Coffee Day today, grab a cup and read on.
Coffee in college is a necessity. From the early morning classes to Mondays in general, coffee holds a special place in the hearts of students and staff alike.
“Coffee is a fundamental part of my existence,” says sophomore Jay Swank. “I’m the farthest thing from a morning person, so knowing that I have a cup of coffee waiting for me is really what motivates me to get out of bed. It’s a great way for me to start the morning. I really don’t know what I would do without it!”
Hannah Pridemore, a freshman, gushes that “coffee, to me, is a backup for black tea.” She drinks her coffee light and sweet with cream and lots of sugar. Her favorite shops are Front Room and Donkey Coffee.
Professor Lauren R. Elliott-Dorans admits that “to me, coffee means relaxation and connectedness. I’m the first person to wake up each morning in my house, so I always have a cup of coffee while I set my goals for the day. Even when I’m really busy, it’s a reminder to slow down and connect with what’s important to me. I come from a long line of coffee lovers, so it also makes me think of home and family.” She usually brews her coffee using a French press and adds some almond milk, or if she’s feeling fancy, an iced soy milk dirty chai. Her favorite coffee shop? “Definitely Donkey. Being an OU grad, I spent countless hours there writing papers, studying for the GRE, or just enjoying the live shows there with my friends.”
Scott Bowers, a senior, says that “coffee is a necessity in the morning. It’s deliciously addictive.” He usually brews Café Bustelo with soy milk and has a stove top espresso maker. “Donkey is favorite place to go on campus,” Bowers immediately said.
Kat Altier shares that “coffee to me is some magical elixir that keeps me going and can make a bad day good.” She likes a good, light roast with a shot of espresso. “My favorite place to get coffee is hands down at Whit’s,” she said.
Haylee Followell, a freshman divulges that “coffee, in general, to me is a necessity. It also is a great source of comfort.” Her favorite drink is a vanilla latte because “if I’m ever feeling down or nostalgic, that is something that will help me out.” She also shares that “my favorite coffee shop is Donkey, I love that they have fair trade coffee and that they are a local business. That to me is really important.”
Here in Athens, some local coffeeshops are offering special to commerate the special day. Donkey Coffee launched a new nitro cold brew that tastes extremely smooth. Brenen’s is introducing a German Chocolate Mocha ranging from $3.90 to $4.70. Whit’s Frozen Custard initiated their Pumpkin Spice Latte. At Fluff Bakery, Friday Pie Day is where customers receive a free Silverbridge Coffee when purchasing a piece of pie. Their house drink is the Traincatcher, which is half cold brewed espresso and half iced mocha. The bakery also has $1 coffees when the customer has purchased a Silverbridge Mug.
Nationally, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free medium-sized hot coffee with the purchase of a medium, large or extra-large cup of hot coffee. Krispy Kreme is giving a free hot coffee of any size or a small iced coffee all weekend long from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.