One day, mathematicians will find a correlation between college courses and coffee consumption.
Until then, students will continue to start their mornings, afternoons, and late night study sessions with steaming cups of java.
While coffeehouse chain staples like Starbucks and Gloria Jeans can be found in Bloomington-Normal, ISU students instead prefer to grab a cup at locally-owned establishments.
Voters chose The Coffee Hound, Fusion Brew, and The Coffeehouse & Deli as the first, second, and third best local coffee shops, respectively.
“We’re celebrating our tenth year in business and our fifth year with the Normal location and this [Best Of ranking] is just another reason for us to celebrate,” April Fritzen, Coffee Hound owner, said.
According to Fritzen, what sets Coffee Hound apart from other local coffeehouses is attention to detail and emphasis on the quality of their coffee.
“We use locally roasted coffee because we’re interested in our sustainability and the environment. We’re also very focused on our coffee. We make other things from scratch, but those are to bring the focus back on the coffee,” Fritzen added.
Sarah Hovar, Fusion Brew manager, believes the quality of coffee and customer service led to her shop taking second place.
“It’s definitely an honor to be voted second. It’s nice to know that we and all of our hard work are appreciated,” Hovar said.