There is one fuel that most of us college students go to amid the one-hundred-degree heat, rigorous class schedules and social commitments: caffeine.
The University of Miami has four main places known specifically for their coffee: Archivist Café, Vicky’s, BrewBike, and of course, the beloved Starbucks. Let’s go into more detail to see what boils down to be the best coffee spot on campus.
We took a poll on our Instagram to see what students would vote for as the best coffee place on campus. Vicky’s won with 34 votes, Archivist Café was second with 33 votes, Starbucks was third with 26 votes and BrewBike was last with 17 votes.
Let’s dive into the details of Archivist Café, open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. With a convenient location next to the Richter Library, this sweet spot for caffeine serves as a spot for students to write those papers, get in some studying or hang out with friends. This is not even to mention the option to take your fabulous coffee on the go!
Junior, Jamie Kushnir, described her latte from Archivist Café as delicious. Sophomore, Andrea Orellana, described Archivist Café’s menu items as, “Very rich in flavor and very filling.”
It’s time to move on to our next caffeine outlet in this caffeine battle: Vicky’s. This food court stop is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is also open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Vicky’s covers all your food and drink needs with breakfast burritos, croquetas, sandwiches and of course, coffee. These treats can be purchased with dining dollars, cash or a credit card.
Being that this is the ultimate campus coffee battle, we should analyze a Vicky’s student favorite: café con leche. Sophomore, Fernanda Salas, said that the café con leche keeps her focused on her studies. Salas even described the coffee as, “Sweet joy in a cup.”
Our third stop on our road to discover the best coffee on campus is BrewBike. This on-the-go stand by the Whitten LC, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. BrewBike seems to be notorious for its cinnamon brown sugar coffee, oat milk, syrups and brew options.
Sophomore, Esther Cai says “I love BrewBike, it’s a student run coffee cart selling cold brew of different flavors and meal bars!” She recommended that everyone should give BrewBike a shot!
Lastly, we have the iconic Starbucks coffee, open daily from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Starbucks is known for their variety of options, and although it may be seen as “basic,” it is hard to deny the greatness of their store hours and their fabulous location right on the lake.
The menu consists of sandwiches, compartmentalized food boxes, bakery treats and flavorful drinks. The number of options should be able to satisfy most of our caffeine hungry brains. Starbucks is again offering indoor seating so you can grab your coffee, crack open a book and soak in the aroma of coffee beans roasting in the air.
So, which is the best place for you to get your coffee fix? The answer: it depends on what you’re looking for! Now you can take the insight from this article to sip up the delight of whatever coffee is best for you.
words_jamie moses. photo_nina d’agostini.