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Coffee Contest: A Dramatic Upset!

Update: It’s the 118th Street Breakfast Cart! We just wanted to build some suspense.

Last weekend, Bwog’s crack team of bracketologists debuted the Bwog Coffee Showdown, with the goal of finding the best cup of coffee in Morningside? Sure, you can read about Linsanity on any sports page, but only Bwog’s Sports Desk can provide in-depth coverage of Columbia’s very own pursuit of the perfect brew. With all the rigor of a Frontiers of Science lecture slide and the detailed analytic methods employed only in Physics for Poets, we bring you the next round in our coffee showdown.

The Result: Our highly trained panel of coffee connoisseurs assembled in a top-secret campus corner to once again blindly taste four coffees: Hamdel, the breakfast cart, and a pair of Starbucks—at 110th and Liz’s Place in the Diana. In a surprising outcome, the breakfast cart put on the show of the tournament so far, advancing after a unanimously decided victory. The 110th Starbucks put up a fight, while Hamdel and the Diana Starbucks were far less impressive. The breakfast cart moves on to face Joe in the semifinals. More reactions are after the jump.


Cup #1 (Breakfast Cart)

“very self-confident”

“smells yummy… like a burnt brownie”

“the marriage material of coffee”

“nice mediation between bitterness and flavor”

“very solid roast”

Cup #2 (Starbucks 110th)

“the awkward younger sibling of cup #1”

“a tiny bit burnt”

“more of a blue-collar feel”

“not that friendly”

“not as rich as #1”

Cup #3 (Hamdel)

“sort of metallic”

“doesn’t have much flavor”

“very sour”

“acidic and scary”

“very harsh”

Cup #4 (Starbucks Diana Center)

“a little disappointing”

“smell is flat… looks like a lake”

“the runt of the family”

“feels empty… leaves you wanting more”

“very watery”

Final Rankings:

1. Breakfast Cart

2. Starbucks 110th

3. Starbucks Diana Center

4. Hamdel


Methodology: Bwog took a feather out of Joe Lunardi’s cap and constructed our very own bracket, seeded by public opinion. Morningside’s 16 best cups compete with each other in the battlefield of our judgement—a gaggle of freshman staff writers frantically gulping coffee in between classes. In each of four preliminary editions, four brands face off to determine the Final Four. After two dramatic semi-finals, we’ll use a final double blind test to determine the over all winner, and throw in a poll to see if your biases agree with our findings.

Recap: In the previous two matches of the first round, both Joe and Oren’s—seeded 1 and 2, respectively—emerged victorious to net themselves a place in the semifinals. While Oren’s came away with an easy win after trouncing Café 212 and Crumbs (whose coffee was the worst yet tasted) and knocking Brad’s aside, Joe narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of Brownie’s.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Which breakfast cart?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous which breakfast cart?!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous which breakfast cart?!?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Which breakfast cart?!?!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous but wait. which breakfast cart?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous the best one, that’s which

  • WE ARE says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous as someone who lives in EC this kinda sucks to see

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WHICH BREAKFAST CART?!?!?!?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WHICH BREAKFAT CART!?1

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous OHH GOOODDDD


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I need a girlfriend… I’m lonely. but its too difficult to get one. our egos always get in the way

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Have one of mine, I got like 6 and it makes scheduling a hassel.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That is pathetic, you shouldn’t get a girlfriend because you’re lonely. You should ask the girl you actually like to be your girlfriend

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This comment thread.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I guess I’ll be getting coffee from the Halal cart tomorrow then! Thanks Bwog!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous which halal cart?

  • CC'13 says:

    @CC'13 what is a “blue collar feel” when it comes to coffee, exactly?

    1. Had the same thought says:

      @Had the same thought Like sweaty or dirty or something? Works with its hands?

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Which breakfast .. c-c-c-combo-breaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • double blind? says:

    @double blind? I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Are you really going to set it up so the experimenters don’t know which coffee is which or were you using it as a figure of speech.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous here, it means that both eyes are blinded for the taste test. it’s a sacrifice only the true bwoggers are willing to make.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous If they’re doing it double blind, I’m having doubts about the temperature of the coffee samples served to the judges. Lukewarm coffee is gross, no matter the original steaming-hot quality.

  • CC'69 says:

    @CC'69 Coffee fans might want to check out anthro prof Paige West’s new book (coming out in a day or so) on Papua New Guinea coffee.

  • im guessing the one on 120 st says:

    @im guessing the one on 120 st his coffee is awesome

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous his coffee is amazing

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 118 and amsterdam or bway?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 118th street and amsterdam or broadway?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 118th and amsterdam…. or broadway?!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Community has the best coffee hands down

  • ... says:

    @... thing is though, starbucks coffee is like the chicken mcbites of coffee. sure, what you’re actually having isn’t that great, but it comes heavily enhanced by high tech chemistry. both the coffee and the bites alone are pretty mediocre, but it’s not about either alone at all… chicken mcbites are merely a delivery media for your choice of colored/flavored goo that comes in little plastic cuplets. starbucks coffee is merely a delivery media for the sugar, cream and one of six powdered flavorings available at the fixup bar. having either naked is really refusing to meet them how they were made to be met.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Hands down, the best coffee is at Sinead’s — that place under The Heights.

    1. CC'13 says:

      @CC'13 so you mean…samad’s

  • UGH! says:


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