Judging Java: Point Café

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist

3 Globes out of 5


Does anyone else remember how before COVID-19, Point Café used to be open late? They were open until midnight, and you’d go there at 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night to a packed house. You’d wait in line behind two guys higher than a giraffe’s [expletive] (they made me censor this) discussing which Pokemon game is the best, and you wanted to interject and say “it’s Emerald,” but you were too socially awkward to say anything. Eventually, you’d buy a $9 bag of Skinny Pop and a $5 snack-sized container of mini Oreos, and then you’d go back to your dorm and not think about the oncoming global catastrophe that would end up being the most psychologically taxing event of your entire life.

Now, with reduced hours, you can’t go to the café late at night. But that’s okay, because there’s not really a need to get coffee late at night. And now I know what you’re thinking: “Point Café has coffee?”

Point Café actually offers fresh coffee made daily, which is weird because I’ve literally never seen anyone get a coffee from them before. No, seriously, I have genuinely never seen a person go up to the coffee machine and fill up a cup. And I’ve been going there upwards of 10 times per week since starting my collegiate experience. But you know what’s even weirder than the fact that literally no one has ever ordered their coffee before? The fact that their coffee is actually pretty good.

Now, it’s nothing phenomenal, or anything to write home about, but the movie “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” isn’t phenomenal and doesn’t feature anything to write home about, but it’s still a good movie (in my opinion, at least.) Point Café’s coffee is relatively middle of the road. Its flavor pallet is rather mundane, but just like “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” features occasional hilarious moments; for example, the scene where all of the various news crews battle it out and Kanye West plays an MTV Teen News reporter, and Jim Carrey is doing a bad Canadian accent as a Canadian news reporter. Point Café’s coffee is not great, but it’s not without its Kanye West and Jim Carrey cameos. Metaphorically speaking, of course, Kanye West and Jim Carrey would not be able to fit in this cup.

And that brings me to one thing that I need to point out: their coffee is served in incredibly small eight-ounce cups. So if you’re looking for a lot of coffee, you’ll either have to go somewhere else or get multiple cups. And you’re probably going to want to go somewhere else because getting multiple cups would be weird. Are you just going to walk around with three cups of coffee? How are you going to hold all of that? You’re going to end up looking like an idiot.

But if you want a quick eight-ounce cup of black coffee and you’re in Lawrence Hall, then grab a Point Café cup of coffee. And if you want to look like an idiot, grab three.