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UCafe, the fairly new coffee/tea/Asian bakery locale located on the corner of Bancroft and Bowditch, is having an unbelievably deal-packed week. They call it: Drink Week!

Here’s the sitch:

All this week until Saturday, they are offering a new “drink of the day,” which is 20% off from 9:30 till 4:30, and then the drink becomes FREE. 4:30 is really when the party starts, as they offer cute pastries to those who hang out inside to claim their free beverages. Check out pictures from Day 1 of the happening — the line was out the door!

But that’s not all! From 9:30 till 2, all espresso drinks and tea lattes are 20% off. And to add to all this greatness, all coffee is fair-trade certified. How can it get any better than this? A smart marketing plan on their parts, if we do say so ourselves.

The scheduled “drinks of the day”:

11/6: Peach Strawberry Smoothie

11/7: Honey Lemon Aloe Green Tea

11/8: Rose Black Tea Latte

11/9: Genmaicha Green Tea Late

11/10: U Cafe Au Lait

Do yourself a favor this midterm season and tea party it up! And don’t forget to like UCafe’s Facebook page to keep up to date on any future deals.

Image source: Theen … under Creative Commons.


It’s that time of year: the leaves are turning orange, the weather is getting a little nippy (well FINALLY), and coffee shops are dusting off their coveted pumpkin latte recipes for another autumn season. Here’s the lowdown on a bunch of variations of this seasonal favorite we tried at various cafes around Berkeley:

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

Drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Place: Starbucks (Center/Oxford)

Price: $3.75 (tall)

The low-down: Starbucks is the home of the most well-known Pumpkin Spice Latte, so we thought we’d give this one a try first. There is lots of spice, but unfortunately not enough pumpkin taste, which is crazy overpowered by the bitterness of the coffee. Is it delicious? Yes. Is it overpriced? Also yes. So if you  are in the market for a PSL that actually tastes like pumpkin, don’t bother. But if you’re in the mood for a nice coffee beverage? It’ll satisfy.

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Surprise! It looks like a latte.

Drink: Pumpkin Chai Latte

Place: Peet’s Coffee (Qualcomm Cafe)

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sick picNo, a common cold doesn’t kill nowadays, but it does take a lot of energy out of you. Especially with midterms kicking into gear, getting sick is one of the last things students want to deal with.

The common cold is caused by a virus, so don’t buy medications just yet! Most medications treat the symptoms of a cold and don’t kill the virus directly. The symptoms come from the bacteria that take advantage of your weakened immune system (thanks to the virus). Too much medication means the bacteria will eventually gain immunity to them, and symptoms get more difficult to get rid of. Rather, let your immune system do what it was designed to do: OBLITERATE get rid of the virus itself.

But what of the symptoms? No medicine = miserable and tired college student? Fret not, the Clog has some methods (almost) guaranteed to soothe. read more »


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 »


Boy, do we love cheap fun. Alright, that sounded wrong. Boy, do we love cheap fun that doesn’t give us venereal disease. Much better. We also love cheap fun that happens on a monthly basis. (Sorry, we’ve got nothing to fix that one.) “Matcha” at the Asian Art Museum fulfills all of these criteria, and more!
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