It's the break between classes and you slip down to
the vending room for a little something to keep you awake
through the rest of the lecture.
Dropping your last piece of silver into the slot, you
anxiously await your coffee savor from the General Foods
International Coffee machine. Sure, it costs a little more, but
it's better than the bitter stuff in other machine.
Click, spray — no cup drops down! Robbed again by
the coffee machine.
Some folks need a cup to start the morning; others
use it to help stay awake through an all-nighter. Coffee, once
thought to be the boring staple for policemen and taxi drivers,
is renewing its popularity as a chic and sexy alternative to the
oxymoron-termed "legal beverages."
According to Dave Olsen, senior vice president of
coffee for Starbucks, coffee traces its origins back to 13th
century Middle Eastern life. By the end of the 17th century,
the dark elixir had made its way to Italy, Austria, Germany,
Holland, and England. "From time to time rulers, politicians,
and religious leaders - from Prussia's Frederick the Great, to
England's King Charles II to Pope Clement VIII - tried to
close coffeehouses, wanting to put an end to the free-spirited
discussions they encouraged," Olsen said. "But the
coffeehouses always prevailed."
Exploration and traders spread coffee east to
Indonesia and west to the Caribbean and Latin America.
European settlers carried coffee with them to the New World,
where it retains the largest market today.
Coffee is grown in a narrow belt encircling the globe
within the tropical latitudes. This region supports the coffee
bush, which requires lots of sun, moderate rainfall and year-
round temperatures averaging 70 degrees with no frost. More
often called a tree, the coffee plant is more like a tropical
evergreen shrub with white blossoms. The beans are, in fact,
the seeds or pits of the fruit, known as coffee cherries for
their plumpness and ripe red color. Each cherry normally
contains two beans, which grow like identical twins. The
"peaberry," a rounded berry that grows one to a cherry, is an
A coffee bush takes around five years to bear its first
full crop. At this stage, it will have grown and pruned to
maintain a height of approximately 6 feet. One tree can
produce for 15 years or more, annually producing enough
cherries to make about one pound of roasted coffee.
Coffee drinkers all over campus know that a good
cup of Java can set the pace for a long day. More than likely
you've already enjoyed a cup from vendors around campus,
including Bottari/Texas Java Company coffee wagons,
American Cafe, Avanti Gourmet Coffee Shops, and from the
machines located around the campus.
Other popular hotspots for coffee lovers include Cafe
Express, Starbuck's, and Cafe Maison. Each are popular
hangouts for conversation, romantic appointments, and even
studying late into the night.
~ Amy Lynn Corron