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Your Guide to Staying Caffeinated at Boston College

Every student knows the feeling of sleep deprivation, a problem for which caffeine (or sleep) is a necessary fix. Luckily, Boston College has a wide variety of options for those in need of a boost. Recently, The Gavel set out to find the best ways to stay caffeinated on campus, and here is what we found.

Located in the McElroy Commons, the first of two on-campus Starbucks is a hugely popular destination. The coffee bar is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and weekends from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Barista Kim Seiloff, CSOM ‘19, says there are times when the line literally goes out the door, usually during the 10 or 15 minutes between classes. If students are willing to wait, Starbucks offers a variety of drinks for those whose top priority is caffeine with good flavor. “My drink of choice is an extra foam latte with as many espresso shots as I can physically fit in the cup,” Seiloff says.

While Starbucks is a great option for students, it certainly isn’t the only one. The Chocolate Bar, located in Stokes South, offers coffee, tea, and specialty drinks. Patrons can choose from any combination of flavors, and the offering of baked goods compliments beverages quite well. The campus hotspot is open 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Check out the Chocolate Bar during the fall for everything pumpkin!

As for the business-savvy poeple on campus, those passing through Fulton can stop by The Bean Counter, another spot for a quick caffeine fix. It's open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., serving hot and cold beverages year-round. 

On lower campus, the student-run Loft at Addie’s offers a variety of beverages in addition to the food it is so well-known for. Addie’s prime location in Corcoran Commons makes it easy to stop by en route to morning classes. Here, students can take advantage of all that Addie's has to offer, getting much-needed caffeine and tasty breakfast in the same place. Addie’s is open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Rounding things off on main campus is the school's second Starbucks, which is located at Hillside Cafe. It is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closing early on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Students can order typical Starbucks drinks in addition to university specialties. The BC Bolt, iced coffee with a shot of espresso, is great for those who need an extra splash of energy.

Said Seiloff: “Drinks with an extra shot are usually a sign that someone is sleep deprived, but there are people like me who do actually just enjoy the taste. Also, dark roast coffee tends to be really popular around midterms and finals when people are really tired, assumedly because people think it has more caffeine. Actually, dark roast coffee has the least caffeine of all the types we have.”

To close things out, the tour ends on Newton campus, where students can order specialty coffees at Stuart Dining Hall. A smaller body of students means short lines and speedy caffeine boosts. Stuart, like all dining halls, also has coffee and tea available all day.

No matter where a student goes for his or her caffeine fix, Seiloff offers a word of advice: “If you’re really tired and just want regular coffee, go with the light roast, since it has the most caffeine. For the really, really tired, I’d recommend an Iced Americano—it’s loaded with espresso.”

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