Colder weather means hotter drinks


Ashley Sizemore and Hannah Ash

As the weather in Kentuckiana grows colder, the demand for a warm drink increases.

Students wanting a warm coffee have a couple of options to choose from in the local area. These choices include the Bistro in the Library, University Center’s Coffee Shop, Quill’s Coffee in downtown New Albany, Bean Street Coffee Company in Floyds Knobs and HobKnobb Roasting Company in Floyds Knobs. All the shops mentioned are within a 10 to 15 minute drive from IU Southeast’s campus.

Each coffee shop has a different setting and offers different selections of coffee. While each shop has different techniques of brewing their coffee they offer some of the same seasonal specials. All the shops mentioned have a variation of a pumpkin latte.

The Bistro and Coffee shop in University Center offers pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin Frappuccino with white chocolate, pumpkin chai latte, and harvest cider. The difference between the Bistro and University Center is that the Bistro has Starbucks coffee and University Center has John Conti. The taste varies between the two shops due to carrying the different roasts.

“We have different roasts,” Sarah Swallow, nursing senior said. “We have a light roast which is a breakfast blend, a dark roast, which is French or sometimes pike place, and decaf.”

Swallow said that the most popular coffee they sell year round is the white mocha frappuccino and the candy creams, which is a non-coffee based drink. She also said that students do not have to pay taxes on campus when buying coffee.

Quill’s coffee is downtown New Albany and also offers fall specials. The coffee shop offers an autumn spice latte, spiced caramel cider and a pumpkin pie latte. The autumn spice latte is a unique fall blend that is made in house. The latte consists of brown sugar syrup that is homemade and brewed with a black smith espresso.

All of Quill’s coffee is roasted in the coffee shop and is often roasted to a medium or mild coffee taste. Erin Ferguson, a barista and director of media and marketing said that you won’t get a dark taste at their coffee shop.

“We roast our coffee on Mondays and Tuesdays every week” Ferguson said. “We change our roasts every few months.”

Ferguson said the miele is their most popular signature drink. She said it has been recognized nationally and ships out all over the U.S. Ferguson said it sells hot and cold and is manually brewed.

Similar to the campus coffee shops, Bean Street Coffee Company located at Highlander Pointe in Floyds Knobs. Bean Street has a pumpkin pie latte and apple cider with caramel. Their coffee roasts range from mild to bold flavors.

“The owner, Jim Book, does all of the roasting for our coffee,” Rebekah Scewart, barista at Bean Street Coffee Company said.

Scewart said that the owner does not roast at the coffee shop’s location, but he does the roasting himself not far from his home. She said the most popular coffee Bean Street sells is the caramel latte.

Lastly, is Hobknobb Roasting Company also located in Floyds Knobs on Paoli Pike. HobKnobb is another coffee company that roasts their own coffee beans. Their fall specials include a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie latte, caramel cider and apple cider.

“We roast our coffee here in house everyday.” Bobby Alexander, barista of six years. “We also have trivia Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until close.”

HobKnobb’s roasts vary from a mild roast to a very bold roast. Alexander said the mocha and Knobs caramel are their most popular coffees sold. He said the biggest seasonal seller is the peppermint mocha.

Each coffee shop has their own taste and their roasts vary depending on location. Most of the local coffee shops roast their own beans on location, or very close to their shop’s location.