Review of Man vs. Coffee

Hello everyone! So I am taking a different approach to today’s blog post. Rather than telling you about the local San Marcos coffee shops and my opinion on them, I am going to review another coffee blog. I chose to review a blog called Man vs. Coffee. This is a great blog because the writer is a young person who works at Starbucks and knows his coffee stuff pretty well.

Similar to the posts on my blog, the barista posts reviews of his favorite coffee shop. My favorite part about his site is you really feel like you are going along on a coffee journey with him. The very first post on Man vs. Coffee is called Coffeeology. This clever title is above a blurb that explains all things coffee to those who may not know or are new to the Death Before Decaf clan.

Along with being informative, the blog supplies great reviews of small town coffee shops. With each of the posts there are multiple photos.

A picture of Blue Cat Cafe from the Man Vs. Coffee blog.
A picture of Blue Cat Cafe from the Man Vs. Coffee blog.

This is great for readers who like to be visually stimulated rather than just mentally focused on reading about shops. Also, the blogger sometimes includes videos of live music performances at the coffee shops he reviews. The only thing I would say could be changed is that he recorded the video portrait style. It is better to record at a landscape orientation in order to fill up the frame and make the video more aesthetically pleasing. Overall, I really like Man vs. Coffee and would recommend that you stay updated with the blog.

Thanks for reading! And always remember, Death Before Decaf!

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The battle of the campus Starbucks locations

There are a few things to consider when trying to decide which Starbucks to go to on campus. As I am sure most Bobcats know, there a Starbucks in the LBJ Student Center (LBJSC) as well as in the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC). Each location has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making the perfect brew of coffee. I hope that through this blog post, I can give fellow students the tips they need to get the best cup of coffee.  Here we go!

Undertows make political science classes bearable for me!
Undertows make political science classes bearable for me!

Although the UAC Starbucks normally has much shorter lines, their iced coffee is watered-down way too often. The quality of their coffee is never consistent. Since I have three classes in the UAC, I have had many opportunities for trial and error. In my experience, every time I get iced coffee there, it is watered-down to the extent that it is so see through it looks like iced tea. I thought it might just be a one time thing, but after three different not so pleasant experiences, I have come to the conclusion that this is a consistent UAC trend. However, the espresso drinks at this location never disappoint. So if you are in a political science class and need a quick energy boost—go with the espresso and not the joe.

The Starbucks in the LBJSC is a completely different story. Although their coffee is pretty consistent overall and across the menu, there are a few drawbacks. First of all, it isn’t the best place to study as the seating is very limited. Second, the LBJSC is a very busy place. This means that the wait time for coffee is much longer than it is at the UAC. So, with campus Starbucks you have to pick your poison. Either wait it out for quality or limit yourself to just espresso if you’re in a hurry.

Thanks for reading! And remember— Death Before Decaf, always!

Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead is a San Martian favorite for a few reasons. The menu is adorned by a red-and-black color palette and Halloween-esque decor. Themes are always fun when it comes to coffee shops, and this place is no exception. It is right next to the apartments I live at, so that’s a plus as well. I love Wake the Dead because it is both a great place to be entertained as well as a place you can get focused while sipping on some caffeine.

The main room is equipped with a stage that local entertainment often performs on. It is nice because Wake the Dead hosts poetry readings, live music and more. Those looking to get their espresso fix in a more laidback environment can find solace in the study. This is a room where students and locals often get work done over their favorite coffee beverage. The coffee is awesome and the environment keeps you coming back for more.

I always love a coffee house that can give you a piping hot drink with some beautiful latte art.

My last dose of latte art!
My last dose of latte art!

Latte art is when the barista uses the espresso of a drink as the back drop of a design made with steamed milk. Some times it can look like a flower, a heart or any random pattern. I always find it fun to see what my latte will look like. And let’s face it— it makes for great instagram material. As a Bobcat at Texas State University, I recommend visiting Wake the Dead 100 percent.

Cunningham said he was feeling adventurous during one visit and one of the baristas created a “summertime drink” specifically for him.

“The baristas are all very knowledgeable,” Cunningham said. “They can whip up just about anything or create something of their own for you if you’re feeling experimental.”