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!

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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.”

Stellar Cafe

The first coffee house I will be writing about is Stellar Cafe. This is a little coffee house right on the edge of campus that lends itself to being a hub for both studying students and social locals. My favorite thing about this place, besides their drinks, is the Roaring Twenties theme. There are vintage coffee signs hung up everywhere and all of the drinks have cute names like “The Cats Meow” and “Bootleg Betty”. The atmosphere of Stellar Cafe is what draws people in, but its the high quality drinks that keeps them coming back.

Now, I do have to mention that just like most coffee places, Stellar Cafe isn’t the cheapest bargain. But if I had to mention that, then I also have to mention the fact that the drinks are 100 percent worth the price! My all time favorite place to get a dirty chai, a chai tea latte with shots of espresso, is Stellar Cafe. They call it the Hotsy Totsy and it has the perfect balance of seasonal spices and espresso. The first time I ever had a dirty chai was at Starbucks and it made me think I hated the drink because it was so tart. But the Hotsy Totsy is completely different and its sweetness is perfectly balanced out with the bitterness of the espresso.

IMG_1227My Hotsy Totsy from Stellar Cafe.

My other favorite drinks include every single one listed on the “Roaring Toddies” category of the menu. For those who may not know, an iced toddy is coffee that is brewed cold over at least twelve hours. The method provides a smoother and bolder taste. The last drink I want to tell you about is the Lavender Mocha. This is a drink that is pretty unique to Stellar Cafe. It has a strong floral taste that provides an experience unlike any other.

Furthermore, Stellar Cafe is the perfect place to go to do anything you need to do. It is always moderately busy with a moderate volume so you can study or you can bring a friend and hang out. This, along with its proximity to campus, is what makes Stellar Cafe my favorite local shop.

Thanks for reading! And remember…

Death before decaf. Always.

What to expect…

Hello, everyone! I created this blog to fulfill the requirements for one of my mass communications classes. Blogging is something I actually really enjoy doing, so I am super excited about this assignment. I cordially invite all of you to keep up with my blog as I create new content for it through out the semester. Hopefully it will be a fun and interesting journey.

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering what this blog will be about. Well, if you know me or follow me on any form of social media then you probably know about my undying love for coffee. Through out the course of the semester I intend to blog about my various caffeinated escapades. I will share my favorite recipes, beans, and coffee shops! Most college towns have an abundance of coffee destinations and San Marcos is no exception.

Coffee is a college student’s best friend. Overall, I would have to say that I have a few favorite coffee shops that are among the San Marcos selection. First is definitely the Roaring Twenties themed shop called Stellar Cafe. Second—of course— is Starbucks, followed by Mochas and Javas and Wake the Dead. In upcoming posts I plan to write about my experiences at these places. If this sounds interesting to you then check back soon because I will be sharing my favorite drinks at these places and the pros and cons that go along with being a frequent customer at any location. As a loyal customer and self-proclaimed coffee aficionado I feel as though I have the credibility and authority to bring a fresh perspective to the coffee scene.

Thanks for reading! And remember…

Death before decaf. Always.