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Java Chronicles: CoGro vs. Crave Showdown

Time to spill the beans on Kingston’s caffeine kingdom once again! In my last post, we uncovered the secrets of CoGro. Today, hold onto your coffee cups as we tumble down the rabbit hole into the aromatic wonderland of Crave!

Nestled at 166 Princess Street, Crave is like the Willy Wonka factory of coffee shops – but without the Oompa Loompas. It’s the Disneyland of caffeine and baked goods. You might need to sacrifice a few extra dollars from your student treasure chest because, let’s be real, gourmet goodies come with a price tag. But fear not, for what Crave lacks in affordability, it makes up for in a menu that’ll make your taste buds break into a standing ovation.

Crave’s selection of baked goods and sandwiches is so divine that angels might secretly be working in their kitchen. They’ve got more options than a buffet on a cruise ship, and if you’re vegan or gluten-free, Crave has your back. 

Now, brace yourself for the battlefield that is finding a seat at Crave. It’s like trying to snag the last piece of pizza at a party – everyone’s eyeing it, and things might get a little competitive. But, once you secure your throne, it’s like being knighted in the realm of academia. Surrounded by fellow warriors typing away on their laptops, you’ll feel the energy of productivity coursing through your veins. It’s a proven fact that sitting in Crave makes you 10% more likely to finish that essay or conquer that assignment. Why? Because if you’re surrounded by people doing work, you’ve got to at least look busy, right?

During an interview with a third year commerce student, I asked her 3 questions to get an idea of what students think about CoGro and Crave. I asked questions to get her really thinking outside the box. You can check out the video on our Instagram or TikKok (@java.joyride) 

Overall, CoGro is clearly the better option $ wise since it is catered towards students, but IMO Crave wins in the food department because although CoGro has the most insane bagels I’ve ever had, Crave’s baked goods are out of this world.

I guess there really is no conclusion to the winning Kingston café in this case, but is there a coffee shop in Kingston that beats both Crave and CoGro? Find out in our next café blog post.

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