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Your cheat sheet for coffee shop studying


August 19, 2014

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    When you need to power through your notes or bang out a paper, a comfortable atmosphere with a steady supply of caffeine is just what the doctor ordered. This handy guide of Statesboro’s coffee shops is here to help you find your perfect off-campus caffeinated escape.

The Daily Grind
    You literally cannot get a cozier atmosphere than the one in The Daily Grind, Statesboro’s longest-running coffee shop. Natural lighting, dark wooden furniture and a few comfortable armchairs around a fireplace make this venue seem like a quaint English pub. The drinks are affordable and delicious and the WiFi is free. The atmosphere makes you feel so happy that you can’t help but be productive.
    The Perks: In addition to coffee, pastries and sandwiches, The Daily Grind sells ceramics made by local artists, fresh bread and other specially made products. When you need to look away from your notes for a minute, there are plenty of items to browse.
    The Breaks: The Daily Grind is really popular amongst people in the community, so there can be quite a bit of talking going on. Study space can be limited during the lunch hour if you aren’t planning on eating, as The Daily Grind asks people to leave the tables open for those dining in. The best solution to this dilemma is to become a diner and order their chicken salad sandwich, which is, apparently, the bomb.

CAKE Bakery & Cool Beanz Espresso Bar
    Located downtown on East Main Street, this is Statesboro’s newest coffee shop and it is cute as can be. With brick walls and locally painted artwork, this place is designed to help you tap into your creative well for all those essays you need to write. The owner and barista, David Hoyle, is friendly and conversational, and the coffee selection is very chic. You’ll find interesting, unique flavors here that you might miss at other venues. Cool Beanzalso shares the space with CAKE Bakery, which has a rotating menu of creative cupcakes with slap-you-down amazing icing.
    The Perks: Cool Beanz offers an intimate space, with two chairs per small circular table. This means that any crowd taking over the venue is going to have to be a small one, keeping things quiet and peaceful for a long writing session.
    The Breaks: Between the coffee and the pastries, you can rack up quite a tab. Not because it’s more expensive than the other local shops, but because it’s incredibly addicting. Like, “shut up and take my money” addicting. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Ellianos
    “But wait,” you say. “Isn’t this a drive-thru coffee place?” Yes, it is, but it also has several tables and chairs outside on a little patio. Right now, Ellianos is a great place to get a quick fix for cold, specialty drinks like ice coffees and smoothies. Once fall rolls around, the Ellianos patio will be a perfect place to crack open your books. Thanks to its outdoor isolation, there is very little around to distract you.
    The Perks: You can educate yourself, caffeinate yourself and enjoy your recommended dose of Vitamin D, all in the same location.
    The Breaks: Because it’s a drive-thru venue, there isn’t any indoor seating. You're at the mercy of the weather, so keep an eye on the sky.

Starbucks
        Say what you will about major corporate takeover, but Starbucks wins major points for consistency. Its coffee tastes the same from East to West, so if you’re far from home and looking for a familiar flavor, Starbucks is the place to go (not to mention that they did steal the Best Coffee category in this year’s Boro Awards). The Starbucks on Northside Drive has plenty of tables perfect for spreading out a textbook, and it also has comfy leather chairs and outdoor seating made for curling up with your English homework.
    The Perks: Starbucks has a great selection of syrups and flavoring to jazz up your coffee, so you can get crazy and creative with your order. Google the Starbucks Secret Menu for different drink ideas. As long as you bring in the recipe, the baristas should be happy to whip up a special concoction for you. (But please, do bring in the recipe.) Also, it’s open on Sundays when The Daily Grind and Cool Beanz are closed.
    The Breaks: Because it’s a nationally recognized chain, Starbucks gets a lot of traffic. During certain parts of the day you might have to tune out a crowd while you’re trying to cram for an upcoming test.


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