An Illinois Tech student's love letter to VanderCook

Alexandra Detweiler
Copy Editor
Oct 13, 2018
I’m a mediocre flute player; I’ve been playing for quite a while, but I’ve never prioritized practicing and due to this have never had the kind of skill that dedicated musicians earn. Making music was something I enjoyed but didn’t move my life around. I stopped taking band after my freshman year of high school in order to make room for the STEM classes I wanted to take, something I now regret.
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2018 - Fall - Issue 6

Coffeehouse reviews

Jelena Mihajlovic-Klaric
TechNews Writer
Sep 09, 2019
Whether it’s 6AM and you roll out of bed with a groan or it’s 6PM and you’re exhaust after the onslaught of your classes, coffee is what gets you through the day. And while we should all form our own opinions about Global Grounds and Metropolis on campus and the Starbucks on 35th Street, we deserve the best of the best. Coffee that tastes like a liquid dream and rejuvenates your will to go on. That is what this review is for.

Bridgeport Coffeehouse
Located on the corner of Morgan St and 31st, Bridgeport coffee provides the basics: brewed coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, etc. The coffee is bold and flavor but goes down smoothly. It provides an instant jolt that would wake up any student-slash-zombie. But, if you’re looking for variety and interesting flavors, this might not be the place to go for coffee.
On the flip side, for tea drinkers, Bridgeport Coffeehouse offers an extensive list of iced and hot teas, that are quite good. My personal favorite is the blood orange.

Redline Café
Located past the redline on 33rd and attached to a pizzeria, the Redline offers basic drinks and three flavors to add to your coffee to choose from: vanilla, mocha, and hazelnut. The iced coffee they offer is a bit bitter, but with a touch of cream the bitters mellows out. As a hazelnut latte lover, I must say that the Redline makes one of the better hazelnut lattes I’ve had. Yet, the Redline offers what I call a ‘midafternoon’ coffee—one that’ll provide you with a mild boost after your classes are done but won’t wake up your will to do homework.

Jackalope Coffee and Teahouse
Saving the best for last, Jackalope is my all time favorite. The espresso used in their drinks is flavorful, mellow, and warm. It’s perfect for any time of day—giving me the necessary jolt of caffeine I need to keep the day going. Jackalope has a seasonal menu that rotates twice a year. In the summer, my favorite drink would be a concoction whimsically named ‘magically delicious,’ a latte made with cereal milk, whip crème, and little marshmallows. The child inside me can’t resist it. In the winter, Jackalope offers ‘the pumpkin king’ which I would take over Starbucks’ PSL any day. It’s a coffeehouse every coffee-lover at Illinois Tech must visit.

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2019-Fall-Issue 2