Like many college students, coffee is my life. I work at a coffee shop back home, I always have some type of it in my room, and I always know what and where to get coffee when at Trinity. Thankfully, my college has a great variety of coffee and coffee shop options.
There are a few stories about how Peter B’s got it’s name but there’s really only one reliable one. There used to be a student named Peter B. in the 80s at Trinity who loved coffee. He traveled the county in order to learn more about the perfect espresso and when he came back, Trinity was looking to put a coffee shop in the library. Rather than go with the typical Starbucks, Peter got his coffee shop set up at his Alma Mater, and the rest is history.
Located right in the heart of campus, Peter B’s not only has great coffee but pastries and sandwiches as well (from First and Last, located down the street in Hartford). In the fall, the apple cider always goes fast, as does the pumpkin bread. It’s an open place with plenty of seating and natural light that’s perfect for a group project or meeting with a professor.
My go-to order from there is small hot chai, which warms you on snowy New England winter days.
Goldberg’s isn’t technically a coffee shop because it’s main industry is sandwiches, bagels, and salads, but it does have pretty good coffee. There are a variety of iced coffee flavors that’s always changing (the pumpkin and hazelnut are really good). It’s great for a late night or early morning snack. Plus the people who work there are extremely nice. It’s one of the perk of living on the North side of campus, especially around finals when you don’t want to lug all your book to the library. Twice now during finals, I’ve stopped in and order a small iced coffee, but the employees were so nice and understanding that they bumped me up to a large iced coffee, for free.
I would definitely recommend either the Fire Breathing Dragon sandwich or small iced coffee with an everything bagel.
You can’t get much more of a small liberal arts college vibe than when in the Underground. From the huge chalk logo drawing on one end of the room to the numerous leather couches, it’s the perfect place to talk with friends or professors, do homework, or even take a nap (nobody judges). There’s always great music playing, and the heat is a welcome sensation during the winter. This is one of my favorite spots on campus and someplace I always show my friends and family when they visit. For many people at Trinity, you’re either a Peter B’s person or an Underground person, but for me, my loyalties lie where ever there is a good cup of coffee, and trust me there’s plenty of that.
They have a new drink called The Straw-Biscus, and it’s amazing. They also make traditional coffees, teas, and lattes as well as drinks like Nutella smoothies.