7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

7 Coffee Shops Every ISU Student Needs To Visit

Every Redbird needs some quality coffee in their life.

One of the reasons I continue to function and be productive in my life is because I can get work done at a local coffee shop. Sometimes I need to get out of the house to get any sort of work done. Even if you don't like coffee, you can still find plenty of other drinks and food options at a coffee shop. Visiting a coffee shop is nice for a change of scenery, to get work done, to catch up with friends, and to sample new drinks. There are some coffee shops that every ISU student should visit! All of them are within an hour of campus!!

1. Fusion Brew

ISU students should be familiar with this locally-owned, Normal coffee shop. If you're not familiar with it, you should change that immediately. A personal favorite, you can get anything from milk tea with boba to a latte. Almost any drink can be hot or iced. They also partner with other local coffee shops to provide the best quality coffee that they can. My drink of choice is the green apple black iced tea. This particular coffee shop is always vibrant with activity while students are studying or local families make a stop. It's located by Cherry Berry off of Main Street near campus.

2. Coffee Hound

Coffee Hound has locations in Normal and Bloomington. Check out their minimalist, hipster atmosphere and sample their award-winning coffee. They make their coffee with care and sophistication. The staff provides a welcoming atmosphere for people to just hang out. Coffee Hound is locally owned and located in Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington.

3. The Coffee House

Located in Uptown Normal and locally-owned, the Coffee House provides another wonderful option for students to visit in Uptown Normal. This coffee shop is larger and has quite a bit of space. A great aspect of this coffee shop is that they can easily host some small musical acts in-house. They also offer a nice menu variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack options. Their coffee beans are sourced from all over the world, which is pretty spectacular.

4. Mika's Bistro

Mika's Bistro is a quaint and charming coffee shop located in Eureka, Illinois. It's about thirty minutes from campus. It is locally-owned and named after a young Haitian girl who traveled to the United States to receive health care. Mika's stands in her memory. Mika's sources their coffee from Gobena Coffee in Gridley, Illinois. All of the proceeds from Gobena Coffee go toward aiding orphans. You can stop by this delicious coffee shop while also supporting a worthy cause. Delicious salads and sandwiches are also available at Mika's.

5. thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

thirty-thirty is a favorite of Peoria residents. Locally-owned, thirty-thirty offers some quality, delicious lattes and teas. I love the berry iced tea. I love this coffee shop because of their unique taste and the flavors they offer. This is a wonderful, minimalist atmosphere that allows you to be productive. Roughly 45 minutes from campus, this coffee shop is located in Junction City in Peoria and Downtown Peoria.

6. Zion Coffee Bar

This fairly new local coffee shop in downtown Peoria's Warehouse District is worth a visit. If you want a rose latte and avocado toast, this is the place for you to visit. Zion sources coffee from small growers in Central America through a direct relationship. Zion's hipster vibe is a nice change of pace, for sure.

7. Starbucks

Whether on campus in the Rec or on Main and Raab, everyone needs a Starbucks run from time to time, right?

Check out these coffee shops that may be new to you to get some inspiration and productivity in your life. You can never go wrong with de-stressing over a cup of coffee.

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25 Secret Dairy Queen Treats

Order like an expert.

Flurries and soft serve cones from other ice cream chains can’t compete with the delicious treats served at Dairy Queen. DQ is the perfect place to stop after a family dinner, on a date, or on your way home from work; essentially, there’s never a bad time to eat ice cream. And Dairy Queen has been serving loyal customers for over 75 years, so they know what they’re doing. Blizzard flavors and specialty treats have come and gone over the past decades, but some still exist on the Dairy Queen secret menu. Although not displayed on the menu boards, these items can still be ordered and created just for you. If you’d like one, don’t hesitate to ask!

Secret Blizzard Flavors

1. Banana Creme Pie

Ingredients: sliced banana, pie pieces, and whipped cream

2. Cappuccino Heath

Ingredients: chocolate syrup, coffee concentrate, and Heath

3. Caramel Delight Pie

Ingredients: caramel, choco chunks, and pie pieces

4. Choco Cherry Love

Ingredients: cherry topping and choco chunks

5. Chocolate Chip

Ingredients: a ladle of chocolate cone coating

6. Chocolate Covered Cheesecake

Ingredients: cheesecake pieces, cocoa fudge, and choco chunks

7. Choco Covered Strawberry

Ingredients: strawberries and choco chunks

8. Choco Peanut Butter Brownie

Ingredients: choco chunks, brownie pieces, and peanut butter topping

9. French Silk Pie

Ingredients: pie pieces, choco chunks, cocoa fudge, and whipped cream

10. Georgia Mud Fudge

Ingredients: brownie pieces, cocoa fudge,

11. German Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients: brownie pieces, coconut, pecans, and caramel

12. Mint Chocolate Chip

Ingredients: mint and choco chunks

13. Mocha Chip

Ingredients: coffee concentrate and choco chunks

14. Ooey Gooey Caramel Brownie

Ingredients: caramel, brownie pieces, and choco chunks

15. Oreo Brownie Earthquake

Ingredients: brownie pieces, Oreo cookie pieces, hot fudge, and marshmallow topping

16. Cookie Jar

Ingredients: chocolate chip cookie dough, hot fudge, and Oreo cookie pieces

17. Peanut Butter Butterfinger

Ingredients: Butterfinger and peanut butter topping

18. Strawberry Banana

Ingredients: strawberries and sliced banana

19. Tripleberry Brownie

Ingredients: Tripleberry (from Julius station), brownie pieces, and choco chunks

20. Tropical

Ingredients: sliced banana, pecans, and coconut

Secret Royal Treats

21. Pecan Mudslide

This delicious creation can be created by putting caramel and hot fudge in a large sundae cup. Then, add the ice cream and top with more caramel and hot fudge. Finally, finish it off with some pecans.

22. Oreo Brownie Earthquake

Although DQ no longer has the sliced brownies for the classic version of the brownie earthquake, it’s still possible to make this. Start off with a round treat dish and add ice cream. Top it with hot fudge and marshmallow, and add plenty of brownie pieces and Oreo cookie pieces. Lastly, garnish it with whipped cream!

23. Peanut Butter Bash

Start off with a large sundae cup and pump peanut butter topping and hot fudge into it. Then, add ice cream and top with more peanut butter and hot fudge. Spoon some choco chunks on top, and it’s finished.

Secret Drinks

24. Arctic Rush Freezes

This is just your favorite Arctic Rush with ice cream. You can choose to have the ice cream blended or have the Arctic Rush served with ice cream floating in it!

25. Frozen Hot Chocolate

This can be easily made by filling a clear cup to the red line with Arctic Rush base. Then, add cocoa fudge and the desired flavor (Double Fudge, Caramel, or Peanut Butter). Fill the cup with ice cream and blend. Garnish with whipped cream, and you have a frozen hot chocolate!

Now that you’re a DQ expert, go ahead and order your favorite secret menu treat! Be aware, however, that toppings and candies may vary by location.

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7 Reasons Starbucks' Coffee Is 100 Percent Superior To Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?


There has been this controversial debate on whether Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is the better option when it comes to getting one of the best coffees. As a lover of the White Chocolate Mocha, I can not begin to fathom how someone would be willing to go to Starbucks' competitor, Dunkin Donuts. Here are 5 reasons why you should kick Dunkin Donuts to the curb and let Starbucks into your life!

Study Spot

What better place is there to study than Starbucks! The comfy couches allow you to relax and do your homework peacefully.

The Holiday cups

During the Christmas season, Starbucks comes out with creative cups design for the most wonderful time of the year!

Frappuccinos> Coolatta

Frappuccinos definitely rule over the Coolattas that Dunkin provides.

More menu options

Starbucks provides way more coffee drinks than Dunkin. And the best part is that you can customize your own coffee/latte/tea. Anything you name, Starbucks has it.

The Lactose intolerants are certainly welcomed at Starbucks!

One of my friends is Lactose intolerant and she tells me that Starbucks has dairy-free options.

Best food quantity

Does Dunkin Donuts sell cake pops? I don't think so.

BEST Quality Coffee

Starbucks has the top quality coffees and lets be honest Dunkin Donuts coffee tastes burnt

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