Get Caffeinated: Where to Get Your Coffee Fix on Campus

by Tim Pate

Like many of you, I had a little trouble getting out of bed this morning. Luckily for us, Colorado State University has a great selection of coffee hubs on campus so that we can get that pick-me-up to embrace the day. Below you’ll find information on five campus cafes and what is great about each of them.

1. Sweet Sinsations – Lory Student Center

Located directly across from the Information Desk, Sweet Sinsations is perfect for students traveling through campus’s central hub. Many students travel through the LSC on the way to classes in the Engineering Building, Clark, Eddy, Computer Sciences, and Rockwell, and Sweet Sinsations makes it easy to grab a cup on the go. Sweet Sinsations also offers a smoothie bar if you’re interested in trading coffee beans for fruit.

2. Sweet Temptations – Behavior Sciences

The younger sibling of Sweet Sinsations, Sweet Temptations is a newer coffee shop located in the elegantly modern Behavioral Sciences building. The Behavioral Sciences building is the prime location for study groups on campus, with study rooms available for reservation and laptops available for checkout. The coffee shop also offers $1 coffees if you just need that basic spark to get you going. Grab a cup, meet with your study group, and get productive!

3. Morgan’s Grind – Morgan Library

You’re in college, so it’s safe to assume you spend a healthy portion of your life in the library. Hours of studying and reading can be draining, and it’s nice to have a spot to grab a cup of joe to help you refuel and get back to work. Morgan’s Grind, on the lower level of the library, offers various coffee drinks as well as snacks to keep you going. There is also a study lounge in the coffee shop, complete with tables and chairs for group work or a den of pillows in the back, notoriously conducive to nap time.

4. Ram’s Horn Express – Academic Village

Do you spend more time in the dorms and less time near the center of campus? No need to fret – Academic Village has a coffee shop just for you. Ram’s Horn Express is in the same building as Ram’s Horn (the AV dining hall), and here you will find a convenient spot to grab a cup of coffee, a smoothie, and a variety of light snacks. Open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Ram’s Horn Express is perfect for the freshmen who elects to cram the night before a big test.

5. The Bean Counter – Rockwell Hall-West

Of course I chose to save the best for last. The Bean Counter, New Rock’s favorite café, is perfect for the business student on the go. Located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall-West (near the ticker), the coffee shop offers close proximity to the classrooms, labs, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of Rockwell. Service is quick, so business students can grab a cup in between classes or on their way to a meeting with a professor.

Bonus points: Check-in to each of these locations on Foursquare to view tips, meet up with friends, or even unlock specials (free coffee, anyone?). 

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Fun Settings – Great Coffee!

By: Katie Kershman

Fort Collins is known for all the great local restaurants. We have more restaurants per capita than any other city in Colorado! For college students, coffee shops are a pillar in our diet and social life. I thought it would be useful to compare two of my favorite coffee shops close to campus – The Alley Cat and The Wild Boar.

ImageThe Alley Cat is a great little café located off of Laurel St. between College Avenue and Mason St.
There is a giant pointing hand in the alley to lead the way. One of the best aspects of this café is that it is open 24 hours. This is great for college students that keep unusual hours (as I’m sure most of us do). They have coffee, chi and tea drinks ranging from $1 – $4 (a fairly low cost when you consider many of Starbucks’ drinks cost more). They also have a wide selection of smoothies and shakes for $4.25 (these are definitely recommended by me). Breakfast is served all day, in addition, to an assortment of sandwiches and snacks.

Like most coffee shops, The Alley Cat has free wifi and they also ofImagefer in-shop printing at a low cost. Despite these convenient office offerings, I wouldn’t recommend this location if you’re looking to study in the evenings (though I do see people attempting this). They have regular performances by live bands and local artists which can make the place fairly loud. It also has a high volume of customers so it can be tricky finding an open table. If you’re looking for a fun environment to spend an evening I highly recommend this location!

http://www.alleycatcoffeehouse.com/

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Another fun environment I would suggest  is The Wild Boar. It is located near the corner of College and Prospect at 1510 South College Ave.  The shop is a 1924 bungalow style home with historic significance and an old world atmosphere which makes it an enjoyable setting to explore.

Because it is an old house there are many different rooms to camp out. They also have a wider selection of food with American, Greek, and Mexican food choices for reasonable prices. Additionally, they have their liquor license which means they offer a great selection of microbrews and wine (though I don’t suggest mixing these with your study time). The coffee here is outstanding and free wifi makes it easy to camp out for several hours and accomplish some serious study time.Image

http://www.wildboarcoffee.com/index.htm

These are just two of my favorite coffee shops around town, but there are a lot of options close to campus. What are some of your favorite shops to visit in the area?