As we wade our way through the mid-semester doldrums – with Thanksgiving break still so far away – those early mornings and late nights start to eat away at the willpower of even the most dedicated students.
Some people give themselves that much-needed boost with regular exercise or a consistent sleep schedule.
Others use coffee.
Commonplace Coffeehouse and Roastery, a familiar stop for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s caffeine junkies, is eager to provide quality coffee or tea for that morning kick to get through an 8 a.m. lab or a late afternoon cup of joe to stave off the sandman during night class.
The Commonplace’s new daily “Hours of Joy” are a series of happy-hour-style specials aimed at making coffee accessible in a way other than necessity.
While Commonplace coffee may be invaluable for staying focused during the bleary-eyed trek to class, manager Natalie Hotaling said she wants the family-owned coffee shop to be about more than a quick caffeine fix.
“We have a lot of community support,” Hotaling said.
“It wasn’t a way to get people in the shop; it was a way to get people to drink coffee in a new way.”
Hotaling also explained that the idea came from employee Keely Beasley and that Commonplace’s Pittsburgh location has been practicing the “Hours of Joy” specials for some time. The deals currently offered at Commonplace’s Hours of Joy are:
Mondays: $2 cappuccinos.
Tuesdays: 12-ounce coffee and a muffin for $3.
Wednesdays: Add any homemade syrup to any drink for free.
Thursdays: $2 cortados.
Fridays: Any Clover or pour-over coffee for $3.
Friday’s special involves lower-priced manual brewing methods that allow the barista to have greater control over the flavor of the individual cup of coffee, unlike brewing a whole pot at once.
All specials run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the listed days.
Hotaling also explained that these specials are seasonal and subject to change with the weather and season.
Drinking coffee for its flavors may be a new and somewhat odd experience for even the most red-eyed caffeine craver, but Hotaling hopes that the community-minded coffee shop can make the experience accessible.
“It’s a way for us to say, ‘slow down and enjoy the afternoon with us,’” Hotaling said.
Commonplace is located at 1176 Grant St., right next to Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Stern’s II. Anyone interested can learn more on its Facebook, Twitter or website, thecommonplacecoffeehouse.com.