Pros and cons of campus coffee

By Jasmine Kemp, Eagle Life Writer

 

Filling the desperate need for coffee addicts everywhere, EWU is no stranger to providing a frothy milk and espresso mix for students. To get that perfect coffee fix, here is a rundown of what EWU has to offer.

Thomas Hammer
“We all try our best to work on our coffee art.” – Mindy Bobs, manager

Location: PUB across from the MPR.
Serves: Thomas Hammer Coffee
Food: Breakfast bars, biscotti, cookies.
Offers: Customers who bring in their own travel mug can buy a cup of drip coffee for $1.
Most Requested Drink: White chocolate mocha.
Pros:
• Part of a local Spokane coffee chain, which supports the local economy.

• Reasonably close to where students get on and off the bus.
• Professionalism that comes from a legitimate franchise.
Cons:
• Wait time for coffee is extremely variable due to its location in the PUB.
• EagleFlex is not accepted.
What makes it different: Coffee art. Drawing pictures like leaves, pandas, cats, dogs into the froth of the coffee.

Thirsty Minds
“I work in the library, so I can just come in here and get my [mocha].” – Alyaa Malibari, student

Location: JFK Library
Serves: Craven’s Coffee
Food: A very small selection of bagels, cookies and scones from Main Street Dining.
Offers: A selected 16-ounce drink is $2.50. There are also daily specials.
Most requested drink: White chocolate mocha
Pros:
• Because of the shop’s laid-back atmosphere, it is a great time waster. In case class ends early, standing in line for coffee wastes just enough time to reasonably get to the next class.
• There are events in the library; while standing in line a student is bound to come across something new and intriguing.
• Craven’s coffee is a local Spokane business. It helps support the local economy.
Cons:
• Spend more time in line waiting than drinking the coffee you ordered.
• Libraries tend to be quiet. It makes line waiting a bit awkward.
What makes it different: this shop is a solo job. The barista runs both the register and the espresso machine.
What makes it different: This shop is a solo job. The barista runs both the register and the espresso machine.

Tawanka Beverage, Bakery and Bistro
“Freshman don’t know about this place.” – Anthony Wood, barista

Location: Outside Tawanka hall, ground level left of the Parking Office.
Serves: Seattle’s Best coffee
Food: soup, paninis, muffins, sandwiches, cookies, rice krispie treats, fruit cups, yogurt, salads, frozen yogurt, ice cream and smoothies.
Most requested drink: Caramel Macchiato or an Americano.
Pros:
• Large selection of foods and other drink options.
• Fast moving lines due to large staff on hand.
• Decent amount of sitting room, especially during warm months of the year as there is outside seating.
Cons:
• High traffic in between classes makes for a longer wait time.
• Due to high traffic during lunch hours, seating is quickly taken up.
What makes it different: Serves soup and paninis

The Eagle Espresso and Coffee Company
“I like the fast pace of the PUB.” – Tara Witkowski, barista

Location: PUB outside the game room
Serves: Starbucks
Food: cookies, also sells smoothies (very small selection)
Offers: A selected 16-ounce drink is $2.50 and daily specials.
Most requested drink: Caramel Macchiato
Pros:
• Serves Starbucks coffee, well known and a bit of a safe place to go if unsure about other coffees
• Fast paced
• Reasonably close to where students get on and off the bus
Cons:
• Location is also in the middle of a major pathway connecting both sides of the PUB.
• No drip coffee is offered.
What makes it different: Baristas are sometimes seen in festive outfits.

Drink price comparison

Thomas Hammer
Thirsty Minds
TAWANKA BEVERAGE, BAKERY AND BISTRO
EAGLE ESPRESSO AND COFFEE COMPANY
12 oz Latte
$2.50
$2.65
$2.65
$2.65
16 oz Latte
$3.10
$3.25
$3.25
$3.25
20 oz Latte
$3.40
$3.65
$3.65
$3.65
12 oz Drip Coffee
$1.35
$1.49
$1.49
No Drip Coffee
16 oz Drip Coffee
$1.60
$1.89
$1.89
No Drip Coffee
20 oz Drip Coffee
$1.85
$2.29
$2.29
No Drip Coffee
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