Battle Royale: Coffee on the Hill

Dec. 7, 2013, Atlantic City,New Jersey --- Saturday, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2013

Who will win????

Ok picture this. It’s a weekday morning, and you’re trying to decide where to get the sweet sweet life-water other people refer to as coffee. You think to yourself–Wiggin? Bookstore? Peirce? Deli? You’ll hear tons of contradictory opinions from friends and enemies alike. The truth is brand loyalty and the debilitating addiction to caffeine doesn’t mix. With an array of options available to the average Kenyon student, I’m here to take these claims to the test. I conducted a blind taste test of the various coffee sources all over campus, desperate to find the truth.


“Tastes the least like anything”


“Bland, watery, gentle”

“The caress of a familiar friend”

“Terrible water”


“Almost tastes like tea” (not necessarily a good thing)

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Made in Peirce: Coffee Milkshake

Do you want a delicious frozen beverage that’s refreshing and gives you the caffeine kick that you need, but you don’t want to hurt your wallet with a drink from Wiggin Street? Well there’s an answer to your problem, and it can be easily made in Peirce. A coffee milkshake is quick and easy to make, available every day, delicious at any meal, and just a little more kid friendly than thisContinue reading

Made in Peirce: The Classic BJ

BJStill haven’t managed to find the dessert that is both tasty and a sexual innuendo?! Look no further! Originally named the “Big Jordan” after the friend who perfected it, this concoction is both a pick-me-up and the perfect finish to a meal! Pair it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or make it a quickie during extend-o. Find out how after the jump!

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10 o’clock list: WiggleGround Faux Pas

Paul Newman drinks coffee. [via]

Paul Newman drinks coffee.

Love it, hate it, feel relatively neutral about it, Gambier has one coffee shop with many names: officially, Wiggin Street Coffee, colloquially, WiggleGround, disdainfully, that-place-that-isn’t-MiddleGround. As a real stickler for the rules and all things couth (sorry, too much Downton Abbey), here are the biggest annoyances found at WiggleGround.

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Caffeine Salvation: Iced and Spiced

This review of Peirce’s newest coffee item comes to us from Stella Naulo ’13. 

Photo by Greg Sailor ’08

Hello, caffeine-seekers! If you’ve suffered the insufferable – meaning the dregs of Peirce coffee – salvation has come at last. The dining hall has been upgrading lately, adding to its “plethora” of choices a frighteningly delicious one. While you stand in line for your usual burn-your-tongue-off coffee, check out what’s happening to your left as a new queue forms in front of the iced coffee machine. Yes, it’s starting to get chilly out (great job holding this treat off until we’re too cold for it, Peirce) but this creamy sugary delight is a true blessing. You know it’s good if you’re pressing the lever for a good four and a half minutes to get the last frothy drops out.

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Free Coffee? It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


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I’ll level with you all: finals is certainly one of the worst times of the year.  The all-consuming stress monster and his distracting minions are out in full force.  But there is one part of finals that I always look forward to.  Without a doubt, Free Coffee Week at the Bookstore is one of the greatest finals perks.  That being said, I have never once attended a Late Night Breakfast. (BLASPHEMY!)

I have probably consumed 45 dollars worth of free Bookstore coffee during the past two finals weeks (that’s three large cups a day, for five days, for two finals weeks).  In my entire time at Kenyon I will most likely consume roughly 170 dollars worth of coffee, excluding one finals week for going abroad and adding a few cups for comps. Hey, it’s the least the Bookstore can do for charging me through the nose for textbooks.

As a bonus, this year they are also adding half-price Bookstore ice cream all week (from 10:00 p.m-11:00 p.m.), which is beyond me (who eats ice cream in December?). It’s a nice gesture, though.  So enjoy your freebies from our friends at the Bookstore, because you deserve to treat yo’ self.