What going to Cal can feel like.

What going to Cal can feel like.

Sometimes we get a little psycho during stressful times in college. We find ourselves doing crazy things like staying up all night studying, or waking up with our heads on our desks. While that regretted crick in your neck will even itself out eventually, you might want to take a closer look at yourself if your bad study habits have forced you to trade your ID lanyard for a neck brace.

Here are ten signs that getting that perfect GPA might be more trouble than it’s worth:

1. The milk in your fridge isn’t for cereal, it’s coffee creamer. (Breakfast? What’s that?)

2. Actually, scratch that – Red Bull: Breakfast of champions.

3. Someone tells you your mascara is running. Turns out they’re talking about the permanent dark circles under your eyes.

4. You’ve re-read three textbooks to pass your history class, and still get a B.

5. You consider dropping out because of that B.

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coffee2519019976_2627ab652c_mSo, on Sept. 24, Berkeley hosted its very first Coffee and Tea Festival, which leads us to the question: What exactly is it that makes coffee and tea so awesome that they’re worthy of being celebrated? The Clog can’t help but feel like there’s a calling for us to generously provide our dear caffeine addicts and aficionados with a thorough (you have been warned) examination of both of these idolized libations. And to compare them if we dare.

Seeing how coffee is defined as “a precious, albeit addictive commodity for many millions of people around the world … the lifeblood of nerds, and the drink that keeps America’s workforce complacent on their journey to work” by the endearing Urban Dictionary, you’d think coffee is the friggen’ Elixir of Life. The hot, foamy key to success. The lucky Felix Felicis – appreciative Harry Potter reference, anyone? – to urgently gulp down before a daunting task (first Quidditch match or, in our case, exams).

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the stereotypical college student is depicted in various ways when it comes down to manner of dress, sleeping schedule (then again, what sleeping schedule?) and involvement in extracurricular activities, yet the read more »


coffee Between Milano, Strada, the Coffee Spot and others, we can all agree that what the south edge of campus really needed was another coffee establishment.

Luckily, thanks to your fearless ASUC, you will now have just that. A Tully’s kiosk opened just this afternoon in Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

The new location sells sandwiches, drinks and colored candy blocks, as well as providing limited seating and Airbears access. It will also be open weekends, although no specific hours were posted that we could find.

Image Source: Valerie Woolard
Tully’s Prepares to Open Branch in Student Union [Daily Cal]


Peet’s Coffee may call Berkeley home, but we gladly shell out for a cup of Blue Bottle’s joe. Blue Bottle Coffee Company is all about freshness, starting with organic beans and ending with a super fresh roast. The creme de la creme of restaurants and eateries across the Bay Area serve only Blue Bottle, because it’s just that good.

We’re only familiar with the Retrofit roast, which is mild with a slight caramel taste, but most of the roasts are robust and pack quite the caffeine punch. Espresso drinks pulled from Blue Bottle beans need no sugar or extra flavoring, and even a black cup of coffee delivers all the sweetness you need. In life after Blue Bottle, you realize that you don’t need to add any mocha or whipped cream or caramel to a good drink.

Location: Tuesday (espresso) and Saturday (coffee) Berkeley Farmers’ Markets
Price: $2 to $4, depending on what you order
Notes: There’s even a list of BB-friendly restaurants and eateries.

Image Source: letouj under Creative Commons
Blue Bottle Coffee Company [Web site]
Earlier: Yogurt Harmony, Sunshine, Butterflies, Etc.


Perhaps the only building on campus that is in dire need of an easy-access coffee shop (other than Dwinelle Hall, which finally got its fix a few semesters ago) is the Valley Life Sciences building. Home to many sleepless molecular and cell biology majors, and others who’ve decided to throw their lives away to science–VLSB can be a gloomy place to study without an hourly dose of everyone’s favorite psychoactive stimulant.

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