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Judging Java: Reflections on a Junior Year

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist April 20, 2022
As is tradition for this column at the end of a semester, I will be taking this space to offer reflections on the past semester as opposed to reviewing a coffee shop. I am, however, still writing this in a coffee shop (Delanie’s on Carson Street, for those curious), so it does still count.
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Judging Java: Starbucks Baya Energy Drink

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor Elect April 6, 2022
If you’ve been watching television lately, you’ve probably seen an advertisement for Starbucks’ new Baya Energy drink. The drink only comes in can form, it’s not something you can order in their stores but rather something at supermarkets and convenience stores.

Judging Java: Tim Hortons

Written By Jake Dabkowski , Coffee Columnist March 16, 2022
Tim Horton, a name synonymous with donuts, coffee and Canada.

Judging Java: Caffe Mona – Strip District

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist March 9, 2022
A mediocre cup of coffee in the middle of nowhere is a lot different than a mediocre cup of coffee on a street with seven coffee shops.

Judging Java: Inflation’s Effect on Coffee

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist February 23, 2022
Today, I’d like to talk about how recent economic developments have impacted the coffee industry, how you’re paying more per cup of coffee today than you were a year ago, and most importantly: why.
Hand holding McDonalds iced coffee cup with soft serve scoop dunked into drink. Straw also pictured.

Judging Java: The McDonald’s Soft Serve and Iced Coffee Life Hack

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist February 16, 2022
Recently, I was on a viral short-form video sharing app TikTok and saw a new trend: people ordering an iced coffee and soft serve vanilla ice cream from McDonald’s and then dunking the soft serve into the coffee. So, in the effort of keeping with the times and blending in with the cool kids, this week I did just that.

Judging Java: Mediterra Cafe

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist February 9, 2022
Mediterra has it all - delicious breakfast, great pastries, flatbread pizzas, a fully stocked cocktail bar, a marketplace for high quality cooking ingredients, charcuterie boards, and most importantly — coffee.

Judging Java: The Row House Cinema

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist February 2, 2022

4.5 Globes This past Saturday, I did something incredibly pleasant. I hopped in a Lyft over to Lawrenceville and went to the Row House Theater for an early morning screening of Wes Anderson’s breakout...

Judging Java: Homemade Espresso

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist January 19, 2022
It’s looking like I’ll be spending the next day and a half inside, so I wanted to write about coffee that you can make in your own home.

Judging Java: The Hampton Inn Gateway Park Continental Breakfast

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist January 12, 2022

1 Globe I would like to make something very, very clear right now. I, and more formally, “Judging Java'' as a whole and everything that it stands for, do not like United Airlines. While traveling...

Judging Java: Reflections 2021

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist December 8, 2021

Another semester for the books, if the book is on terrible periods of my life that I would like to never revisit. That’s not entirely true, but let’s be honest, is anyone satisfied with how their semester...

Judging Java: Simone’s

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist December 1, 2021

4 Globes This year, I had a whole plan for this week’s column: I was planning on reviewing the coffee served at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, immediately after eating, I fell asleep...

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