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The Attic's owner, Bill Macier, prepares a tea tasting for Green Bay East High School student Meghan Waltman.

Katie Phernetton, Life Writer/Commentary
February 13, 2013
Filed under Life

With the semester in full swing, the homework and stress are mounting. UW-Green Bay’s Common Grounds coffeehouse is a great place to hang out, but sometimes a change of scenery is in order. The Green Bay area has several alternatives to meet every student’s taste.

If you like to work with noise, try Barnes & Noble Cafe, 2498 S. Oneida St.

Located on Green Bay’s west side, Barnes & Noble Cafe is a great place to go and do some light homework. If you have any reference homework this place is great since the bookstore is right there.

Besides Starbucks coffee, they offer sandwiches and desserts.

The cafe is open until 10 p.m., which makes it great if you aren’t planning a late night of studying.

The one thing to be aware of before going there is, the crowds.

“Some nights, it’s just crazy,” said Chelsea Crevcoure, cafe barista and UWGB senior theatre major. “We’ll have lines, no tables open and it gets loud until almost close.”

I couldn’t agree more. When I was there, a group of high school students was taking over three tables, reading magazines and talking loudly.

If you’re commuting, try Jitter Bean, 2670 Monroe Road

This place is great for a morning jolt. They have great coffee as well as smoothies. For those who get out the door in a hurry and forget breakfast, the breakfast food is great but I would go with their frozen yogurt parfaits.

Right off of Jitter bean is perfect for commuters, it’s right off of Highway 172 on Green Bay’s East side and it has a drive-thru.

If you’re looking for a place to get away for a while try….Luna Cafe, 330 Main Ave.

Luna Cafe is located near St. Norbert College in West De Pere. The feel of Luna is as local as you can get. The coffee beans are roasted right in the store, which makes for a very fresh tasting coffee.

If you aren’t a coffee drinker, the real fruit smoothies are just as good.

While looking for a good place to study, Luna can be a hit or miss. When I was there, it was extremely busy. Many people go there not just to do work, but for meetings and just to chat, so it does get noisy. But if you just want to get away for a while, try it out.

If you’re looking for a big city feel, try The Daily Buzz, 130 E. Walnut St.

Located on the first level of the Bellin Building in downtown Green Bay, the floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the busy intersection give it a very metropolitan feel for this small town. The atmosphere is what really makes this place stand out.

Along with coffee they also have flavored waters, energy drinks, milk and a menu with pizzas, paninis and wraps.

The coffee prices are a little high for the sizes. I would most likely come here for the atmosphere over the coffee.

If you’re looking for a place to unwind try Cafe Espresso, 119 S. Washington St.

If you are looking for a place to hang out after a long day, come to Cafe Espresso.

I have always gone here for food and drinks but for UWGB Theatre student, Taylor Hoeft, she loves coming here to study.

“It’s cool and cozy,” said Hoeft. “They have good food and they’re open late which comes in handy for late night studying.”

The warm and calming atmosphere is great for when you want to de-stress.

They are open until midnight, which is great for when you really need to study, and need coffee and brain food.

I would recommend their chai tea latte and an order of CCQ – interesting combo, but both delicious.

It’s also great for a date night.

If you’re looking for a variety or something new, try Harmony Cafe, 1660 W. Mason St.

To be honest, I was a little skeptical coming here. I didn’t think that a coffee shop attached to Goodwill would be that great, but I was quick to judge.

They have a wide variety of coffee drinks, smoothies and food. I had their signature drink called the Harmacunnio and instantly fell in love with it.

It’s located not that far down Mason Street off of Highway 41. This place also is great for commuters because of their drive-thru. Although not as fast as a place like Starbucks, the quality is much better.

It would be a great place to study as well as hang out. It has a stage for live music throughout the month and computers for the public to use.

The service here was probably the best. The baristas were friendly and when it took longer than expected to get my drink order, they bumped it up a size with no charge.

Thanks, Harmony Cafe, I’ll be back again.

If you’re looking for a meal try, Kavarna, 143 N. Broadway St.

If you’ve been in Green Bay for longer a month and haven’t gone to Kavarna, go! This place is a Green Bay staple.

Kavarna combines everything you could want out of a coffee shop. Great food, good drinks, music and atmosphere.

They’re known for their vegetarian food but the attached deli will attract the meat lovers, too.

One thing that sets them apart from the rest is their gluten free options. Being gluten-free myself, it’s hard to find fresh gluten-free baked goods, but they have them here.

“I like it because the atmosphere is inviting, the food is delicious and it’s the best coffee in Green Bay,” said Eva Campbell, UWGB senior communication major. “It’s a great place to study and they have free wi-fi.”

For those who don’t like coffee, try the rosewater lemonade. It’s refreshing and doesn’t taste too exotic. For food, it’s all good, but I would recommend the cheesy artichoke sandwich.

Live music is huge here. If you’re looking for some background noise, a good place to hang out or study, try Kavarna.

If you’re looking for a quiet place, try The Attic, 730 Bodart St.

The Attic is a hidden gem for Green Bay. If you’re a tea drinker, I highly suggest you check out The Attic. They have varieties to fit any mood.

Aside from tea, their coffee and espresso drinks are just as good as anywhere else. But if you are looking for a place for quiet studying, the Attic is perfect for you.

They see a lot of student traffic, have free wi-fi and also have books everywhere. It’s perfect to get you in the mood for academic success.

With coffee shops all over the city, offering a variety of food and drink options, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

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