Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:04pm
Literati Bookstore

Besides my mildly problematic addiction to coffee and maybe even more my addiction of actually going to coffee shops, I like writing this column because it forces me to think about place. What is “place” and its role in the way we perceive people, interact with space, document our experiences? I figure these abstract, impossibly rhetorical and pretentious questions are what I’ll be doing in grad school next year — here’s a test run, cheers.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:19pm
Nederlands Dans Theater

The abstract nature of the pieces gives freedom for narrative interpretation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:56pm
Purple Squirrel

I wake up to the fifth alarm of 12. It’s more out of irritation — to stop the droning, electronic waterfalls — than it is to open the door and let any ray of sun into my windowless room. I slowly put my head back down when the sixth alarm starts. I groan, mildly irritated, and turn off the remaining six. I repeat this, with a devilish satisfaction that the others won’t ring this time. But now I can’t fall asleep because the guilt has started its morning rounds. I can’t go back to bed, because the only thing I can do is wake up. I tell myself I’ve worked too hard to slack.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 8:50pm
The cafe in the basement of Shinola.

Charles Bradley’s “Slow Love” plays on a record through the chatter of coffee shop talk, clicking of keyboards and turning of pages.

Just you and me / Us against the world / Baby I love you / This a evil world we live in

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:13pm
By Chloe

It’s not so surprising that the pale Michigander seeks sunshine and warmth from the dead cold. When winter lasts nine months of the year, we forget what it feels like to wear shorts and have sunscreen slathered in splotches on your face. I went to get some blood work done recently and it turns out I am suffering from a dangerous Vitamin D deficiency.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:35pm
Inside of Comet Coffee

Often overlooked for its economical seating and sophisticated nature, Comet Coffee is an Ann Arbor gem.

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 5:44pm
Roos Roast Coffee

If I have one hope for 2018 — besides finishing school, graduating, figuring out life and finding my bigger purpose in this world — it’s to drink better coffee than I did last year.

Since I am coming to the final pages of this chapter of my college career, it would make sense for me to try “adulting” in all corners of my life. This includes the music I listen to, the things I eat, the things I say, the books I read, but also, the caffeine I drink. Which means putting away the Starbucks app and prioritizing quality over convenience.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:29pm
Songbird Cafe

Past the deer and occasional wild turkey on North Campus, beyond the research complexes and Environmental Protection Agency field office, lies a stretch of strip malls with grocery stores and gyms with vacant parking lots. Along Plymouth Road, among stores with yellowing signs and mounds of snow taking up parking spaces, there’s a place that is always full — the Songbird Cafe.

Monday, January 1, 2018 - 11:47pm
A Starbucks in Nagano, Japan.

Like every good story, mine comes with a cup of coffee — an Americano with no room, to be exact.

As I start my final semester at the University, finishing two degrees and leading up to what is probably my 2,190th cup of coffee (365 days x 4 years x 1.5 cups on average), I’ve come to appreciate the coffee shop culture in Ann Arbor. It’s contributed to the way I feel a part of the Ann Arbor community — aspiring journalists, novelists, physicians, researchers and artists alike.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 8:43pm
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“Forty kilograms,” the ballet instructor announces. Silent agreement among faculty and other students is palpable in the studio, albeit the obvious tension. It’s an easy 4 kilograms below the number where the scale’s needle hovers — a sigh escapes, relief fills my chest. I step off and watch the needle bobble back to zero, a number I will never be.