Coffee: a brewed awakening

Coffee: a brewed awakening

By Linh Le, Staff Writer

Nowadays, most high schoolers get their main source of energy from a cup of coffee. With just one sip, they have enough drive to start the school day.

There have been myths saying that coffee isn’t good for a person’s health because of the large amounts of caffeine in the beverage. That’s not entirely true.  Coffee isn’t just full of caffeine but it’s full of nutrients and antioxidants as well. Some benefits of drinking coffee are improvement in academic performance and improvement in physical performance like burning fat. Coffee can also drastically lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, lower liver cancer, and decrease risk of dying.

Among the many different varieties of coffee companies such as Starbucks, Dutch Bros., and Black Rock, it’s hard to know which one is the best. Why not start off the day with a hot cup of joe?

Established in 1981, Starbucks is an infamous coffee house well-known across the globe. With over 18,000 locations in 62 countries, it’s hard to not know Starbucks. There are many different drinks other than coffee served at this establishment such as tea, mochas, smoothies, and lattes. Food such as sandwiches and pastries are also available to purchase. Their mission statement is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

“Starbucks has had a better reputation for a longer period of time,” says senior Alexandra “Ali” Field. “Also, I love the status and perks of a Gold Card like free tea and coffee refills!”

Other than Starbucks, Dutch Bros. Coffee is also an infamous coffee house. Founded in 1992 right here in Southern Oregon, Dutch Bros. is America’s largest drive-thru coffee company. There are over 200 locations across the country. Every cup of Dutch Bros. coffee is handcrafted with coffee beans roasted by hand in the Pacific Northwest. With the drive-thrus, teenagers can get easy access to coffee on their drive to school like junior Janie White.

“Even though Starbucks has drive-thrus, there isn’t one near my house,” stated White. “I personally like Dutch Bros. because of the drive-thrus and also there’s one near where I live.”

Last but not least, there is Black Rock Coffee Bar. With the big red star on the logo, it’s hard not to miss Black Rock. Recently created in 2007, there are already many locations in Oregon and Washington. The menu is categorized, making it very easy to choose a drink from the wide variety provided. Every Tuesday at Black Rock it is called “Two Dollar Tuesday” which means all drinks on the menu are only two dollars.

“I like Black Rock because the coffee is sweet,” commented senior Danielle Gedusky. “[The coffee] tastes like candy to me!”

All three of these coffee companies have locations in Tigard and offer their own brews. Their convenient locations make it easy for students of Tigard High School to pick up some coffee before school or even during lunch.