Coffee shop offers delivery during finals frenzy

Tapingo workers will be delivering coffee to students in the library before finals week. Photo credit: Daisy Dardon

Chico State’s coffee shop, Common Grounds, is now offering delivery services to the library up until Dec. 18.

“We’re working with Tapingo to do delivery to the library,” said Suzi Kritikos, coffee shop supervisor. “We’re delivering coffee drinks, but we’re also delivering sandwiches and other stuff that we sell here.”

Tapingo is an app that launched at the beginning of the semester, allowing students to order food online or from their smartphones.

“You can order from Tapingo and choose for it to be delivered,” Kritikos said. “You just let them know where in the library you are, and we’ll have it delivered to your table in less than 10 minutes.

Delivery depends on where the student is at in the library.

“If you’re on the first or second floor when you order through Tapingo, you let them know where you’re at,” she said. “Then we’ll meet you on the first floor where the Tapingo signage is at.

On the fourth floor, each table has a paper tent on it about the app and a table number, Kritikos said. Students use this number when they order through Tapingo and Common Grounds will deliver their order to them.

According to George Rankin, Associated Students dining services director, the idea to deliver coffee or other snacks to the library during finals came from students not wanting to lose their seat in the library.

“We’re the first university in the country to try this idea through Tapingo,” Rankin said. “It’s building slowly because it’s new.”

According to Rankin, they expect to get more orders at the beginning of finals week. If sales go well, they plan to do this again next semester for finals week.

Students have mixed reviews about this type of service.

Katie Prather, a sophomore anthropology major, said she wouldn’t use the service because she drinks her coffee around midnight and they don’t deliver around that time, and because she wouldn’t want her coffee to get cold.

But some think it will be a help when cramming for finals in the library.

“I think this is great,” said Morgan Reams, junior communications major. “I don’t have to get up and leave the library to be in the rain. I don’t have to stop what I’m doing. I could just keep studying and have my coffee brought to me.”

Common Grounds will be delivering late nights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for all of finals week up until Dec. 18.

Daisy Dardon can be reached at [email protected] or @daisydardon on Twitter.