Tis the season of midterms, cold weather, and warm coffee.
Here at the Illinois campus, coffee is all the craze. No matter what coffee shop is your favorite, you can find most students rely on their daily cup. Whether it’s because we’re busier or because new types of coffee have become more popular, young people are drinking more coffee than ever before. If I’m getting you in the mood for a warm latte, watch my video package here.
Our campus also is home to many different coffee shop options. Espresso Royale, a local favorite, has 9 locations. Starbucks is conveniently located in the Union and Dunkin’ Donuts is right on Green St. For students trying to avoid the cliché chains, there’s other unique options like Caffé Bene.
Coffee Shops are also a place for students to gather and study. Many choose to be around others when they work, which makes a coffeeshop the perfect place. Other students like coffee for its taste and the origin of the coffee itself, like Sophomore Grant Vogel, who is featured in my package.
There have always been conflicting reports on how coffee affects a person’s health. However in recent years, studies have revealed how drinking coffee can reduce risks of dementia and heart disease. The World Health Organization also concluded in June that drinking coffee could protect against some cancers. Drinking moderate amounts of black coffee, many researchers say, does not have any more negative health affects than not drinking coffee at all.
Most students, though, do not drink coffee for health reasons, but for productivity. Caffeine is a staple in our crazy lives. Whether its in between classes or 9 pm, the line to Espresso Royale in the Undergraduate Library can be out the door.
But with recent studies showing the benefits of being a coffee drinker, maybe our growing obsession isn’t so bad after all. So go ahead, reach for that third cup.