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Orange cones block the entrance to the Dutch Bros on Esplanade. Photo taken by Amy Blair on Feb. 28.

Dutch Bros on Esplanade now open

Amy Blair, Reporter // March 12, 2024

UPDATE - The Dutch Bros on Esplanade opened March 9 after being closed for renovations.  Renovations to the stand included new syrup stands, new floors, and a new sink according to Connor Johnston...

Lovebird coffee trailer is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Courtesy: Lovebird Coffee

Lattes and alumni at Lovebird Coffee

Amy Blair, Reporter // February 5, 2024

The aroma of espresso rises outside of the little yellow cart in front of Holt Hall, and students gravitate to the promise of lattes. Love is in the air and birds are chirping since Lovebird Coffee opened...

A dark wood coffee cart sits at an intersection. A circular, cyan emblem sits attached to the middle of the front of the cart. Two whiteboards sit on either side of the emblem.

Cafe Muse: fresh, fresh, fresh coffee and tea

Ariana Powell, City Editor // April 12, 2023

Danielle Harris’ coffee cart Cafe Muse can be seen on Chico State campus when the sun decides to peek out from dreary clouds. The cart often sticks around the intersection of Ivy and West First Streets,...

Attendees mill around The Naked Lounge before the performances start at around 8 p.m. Taken by Ariana Powell, Dec. 3.

Sonic sounds in the lounge

Ariana Powell, Reporter // December 7, 2022

Laughter could be heard as a guy in a baseball hat and a The Cure shirt carried an iPad paced around The Naked Lounge, as he adjusted audio levels during sound check. Wearing a beanie and hoodie-leather...

Grey Loo’s set was filled with electrifying music and lighting to match.

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

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // 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...

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

Singer-songwriter Nikki Renaud plans to pursue career in music

Alex Coba // 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...

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

Bikini barista coffee: Stop objectifying women’s bodies

Natalie Hanson // 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...

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

Cutting ties with coffee may be your most difficult breakup

Rayanne Painter // 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 opened Friday after receiving criticism for the attire of their employees. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Bottoms Up Espresso combines bikinis and coffee

Mathew Miranda // 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 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.

Shift Bicycle Cafe rides its way onto Chico State

Mathew Miranda // 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...

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

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

Natalie Hanson // March 17, 2018
Three local coffee shops offer delicious options to skip the chains
Officer Mark Hoffman, was available to conversate with community members. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Conversations with cops held around town

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...

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