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Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.
February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled...

Singer-songwriter Nikki Renaud plans to pursue career in music

Nikki Renaud, artist of the week, with her guitar on Thursday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood
December 12, 2018

Music has always been a part of Nikki Renaud's life. As an adult, she is ready to take on the music industry. Armed with her trusty guitar Alistar, nothing will get in her way of pursuing her dream.Renaud...

Bikini barista coffee: Stop objectifying women’s bodies

Bottoms Up Espresso opened Friday after receiving criticism for the attire of their employees. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young
October 3, 2018

Why “breastaurants” are a dying business model For the last month, the newest coffee chain to come to Chico has been generating a lot of buzz. Bottoms Up Espresso began to garner criticism from...

Cutting ties with coffee may be your most difficult breakup

A coffee on top of a table indicating this is another drink in this persons day. Photo credit: Diego Ramirez
September 26, 2018

If you’re anything like me, an 8 a.m. class is hell on earth.The ritual starts right when you wake up; that first cup of coffee hits your lips within minutes of rolling out of bed and, by the time...

Bottoms Up Espresso combines bikinis and coffee

Bottoms Up Espresso opened Friday after receiving criticism for the attire of their employees. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young
September 26, 2018

Chico’s newest coffee stand is finally open, and the rumors of bikini baristas are true. Bottoms Up Espresso opened Friday but had already generated buzz for the last month due to the franchise’s...

Shift Bicycle Cafe rides its way onto Chico State

Shift Bicycle Cafe Owner and Operator John Hanna-Barton hands a student his freshly made iced mocha. Hanna-Barton can make anything from pour-over coffee to an iced mocha with almond milk.
September 5, 2018

Dutch Bros may reign supreme in the minds of Chico State students, but ask almost any local at the Saturday Farmer’s Market and they will tell you which coffee stand is quickly becoming one of the best...

Local coffee serves up caffeine kick and unique flavors without the guilt

For a brunch day, Great Northern also offers a raspberry white mocha with whipped cream trim, and pastries such as scones.
March 17, 2018

It's a competitive land out here in Chico when your caffeine withdrawal sets in. If you have time between classes and need something hot in your hand fast before your face hits the desk, the first thought...

Conversations with cops held around town

Officer Mark Hoffman, was available to conversate with community members. Photo credit: Christian Solis
October 4, 2017

The Chico Police Department hosted their 2nd Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day, Wednesday. The officers were able to meet face-to-face with community members to build a more inclusive and connected...

Surviving college on coffee

Photo credit: Kristina Judy
April 5, 2017

Alcohol and amphetamines take a hard second to the most abused drug in America, caffeine. Every morning, I hand some fratty-coffee-shop-dude my $1.88 in return for a cup of their Vanilla Nut roast so...

Is beer the new coffee?

A variety of beer is available for both coffee and beer connoisseurs alike at Naked Lounge. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell
November 14, 2016

Coffee shops will forever be a hub for the astute student to find a quiet place to hit the books; cafes will always offer a vacant table for an aspiring writer to rethink a plot twist over a bear claw;...

I tried some coffee shops so you wouldn’t have to

I tried some coffee shops so you wouldn't have to
November 6, 2016

Coffee is no joke to me. When I first decided to attend Chico State my initial fear was that I wouldn't find a coffee shop that met my expectations. Back in San Diego I have two coffee shops I became...

‘Fall into Bed’ with Siobhan Barrett Lingerie and FosterBuilt Coffee

Designer Siobhan Barrett in her studio. Photo courtesy of Siobhan Barrett
October 16, 2016

Siobhan Barrett, a body-positive lingerie designer will be presenting a pop-up shop at The Bookstore Oct. 12.Few pleasures in life can compare to the bliss of spending a chilly morning in bed. There's...

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