Opinion | What your favourite place to purchase espresso says about you


When strolling in Oakland, you’ll hear a symphony of swooshing ice clinking in opposition to plastic cups. Between espresso, boba, milkshakes and an abundance of different morale-boosting drinks, everybody has a favourite to get them via a dreary Monday — or any day, for that matter. 

Right here’s your character primarily based on the place you purchase your energy-boosting drink.

Amos Starbucks 

When you pressured your Mother to purchase you a Keurig and Dunkin’ Ok-cups earlier than your first yr dwelling in Tower B, it’s now a ornament in your dresser. You thought that after you bought to school you’ll magically just like the style of espresso, however you continue to want ungodly quantities of milk and syrup in your caffeine repair. 

Whereas ready for a drink and breakfast sandwich at 10 a.m. each morning, you at all times run into not less than one particular person out of your class’s Fb web page that you just messaged earlier than arriving on campus. You additionally make small discuss in regards to the climb on Cardiac Hill and the way glad you’re to stay in Tower B because it’s mainly within the coronary heart of campus. 

Atwood Starbucks 

You used to go to Amos, however seeing somebody you recognize on the stroll there or throughout your wait is an excessive amount of to deal with. You often drink espresso that you just brew within the consolation of your individual dwelling — you solely purchase your espresso on days you’re in a rush or want a noon pick-me-up. 

You wish to attempt regionally owned espresso outlets, however the comfort of a cellular order is tough to withstand. The truth is, you be certain that to cellular order your drink half-hour forward of time to keep away from small discuss together with your challenge associate from Psychology 101 whereas ready in line. 

Fuku Tea

You want the sensation of balls in your mouth — tapioca balls, that’s. You by no means received in on the caffeine craze that dominates in school tradition — primarily since you don’t just like the style of espresso. 

Nonetheless, you’re keen on strolling down Forbes together with your colourful straw juxtaposing the ocean of sippy-cup Starbucks lids — like an onion ring in a bowl of french fries — to point out that you just don’t want espresso, only a mere inspirational drink is sufficient to enhance your day. To you boba fanatics, I’ve one query — how does it really feel to be higher than everybody? 


Ever because you went overseas and drank a cappuccino each morning from the espresso store under your condo in Venice, you refuse to return to your Starbucks’ iced latte with chilly foam. So that you determined to discover different choices and sauntered down Meyran to this hidden espresso oasis. You get your drink and sit on the picnic tables whereas studying the newest Colleen Hoover e-book. For hours, you sit — sipping, studying and eavesdropping on close by conversations. 

Dunkin’ on Forbes 

You’re within the temper to be disillusioned — together with your drink and finding out for the day. Every go to, you get a unique taste and milk mixture, however by some means, it tastes the identical. I do perceive the attraction — in a world filled with uncertainty, it’s refreshing to know you’ll be able to rely on a Dunkin’ beverage not assembly your expectations time and time once more. 

Though the caffeinated milky water isn’t why you enterprise to the guts of campus, you come to people-watch via the large home windows that peer onto Forbes. If you spot somebody you recognize strolling by, you textual content in your group chat as when you noticed a celeb. After a couple of hours, you understand that you just spent extra time looking the window than writing your essay due at midnight. 

Dunkin’ on Centre 

You was obsessive about area of interest life hacks which may work however, general, aren’t with the effort — like making an attempt to peel a clementine in a single piece. You went to this Dunkin’ as soon as since you heard it was higher and faster than the one on Forbes. It was — however was it value strolling 20 minutes out of your method? Most likely not. So now you’ll simply accept mediocre espresso like the remainder of the Forbes Dunkin’ drinkers. 

Saxby’s Hillman 

You want caffeine, however you don’t like espresso — so that you go to the closest place potential to keep away from lacking a assessment subject together with your research group. You get the identical drink because the particular person in entrance of you, hoping that they know what sort of espresso tastes good, however little do you understand that they too simply received the drink of the particular person in entrance of them. You find yourself ordering a vanilla latte with almond milk regardless that you’re questioning what “cappuccino” means. Perhaps between now and the following o-chem examination, you’ll google it. 


You want huge buns, and you can’t lie. You’re right here to fulfill buddies who you haven’t seen since your first yr. You reminisce in your adventures in Holland Corridor — what a unique time! Whereas sipping on the month-to-month latte particular, which tastes a lot better than Dunkin’, you inform them the way you handed your first-year neighbor on the road and the startling new haircut he received. After about an hour, you inform them you need to go. You all really feel obligated to exclaim that you just all ought to get collectively quickly regardless that you all very nicely know that it will likely be probably months earlier than you make time to see one another once more — if in any respect. 

Milkshake Manufacturing unit 

You’re a first-year. You bought the meal plan with essentially the most off-campus eating {dollars} and spent all of them on the Milkshake Manufacturing unit — in addition to the one time you went to Stack’d together with your entire flooring. You’ve tried each taste on the menu and have settled on “The Chocolatier” as the very best. Every time, you hope that your lactose intolerance decides to vanish for the night time — although that by no means appears to be the case. 

But, regardless of the end result, you’re a loyal fan. You’ll return with whoever in your flooring is accessible, even when it’s so chilly that your palms freeze to the cup or the aroma of the aftermath shifts via your flooring’s airways for 3 to 5 enterprise days. 

Talia Spillerman writes about something and all the pieces. Write to her at [email protected]


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