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Starbucks and Tim Hortons duel to become Langara College students’ coffee of choice

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Benjamin Friesen, a former Starbucks barista chooses Tim Horton's brew over his previous employer's blend. Photo: Brenna Brooks
Benjamin Friesen, a former Starbucks barista chooses Tim Hortons brew over his previous employer’s blend.
Photo: Brenna Brooks

Langara students do not have to look far to find a good cup of coffee, but how do they decide which one is the best?

There are many factors in finding that perfect cup including price and taste. Companies like Starbucks and Duke’s are a bit more expensive but offer a variety of choices while Tim Hortons offers a smaller selection but cheaper prices.

To the untrained palette all types of coffee may taste the same, but for coffee aficionados who indulge on a daily basis, there is a noticeable difference.

Langara arts and sciences student Benjamin Friesen is a former Starbucks barista and believes that its coffee “tastes burnt and the flavor is a lot stronger than what [he is] looking for.”

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Friesen prefers Tim Hortons because it tastes better and doesn’t cost as much as the other options available on campus.

“I’ve noticed that most coffees can be way too strong or way too acidic, or way too bitter,” he said. “That’s why I think a lot of people prefer the double-double. It’s easy and they know what they like.”

Langara student Jennifer Daley has a different opinion of Tim Hortons. She says the coffee there makes her feel sick and that the Starbucks Americano is her drink of choice.

Although she says the quality and taste of the coffee at the Starbucks on campus is worse than locations off campus, Daley prefers Starbucks because they take  “the best part of the coffee and [leave] the bitter part out.”

Health is also a factor of coffee choice, but it is often overlooked. Students are accustomed to the immediate energy boost that gets them through the day and many don’t care about the amount of caffeine and sugar they’re consuming.

“Although I am aware that too much caffeine is really bad for your heart and your blood pressure,” said Friesen, “the benefits like the focus that the caffeine gives you outweigh that.”

Reported by Brenna Brooks

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