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the Covenant experience narrative

The Blue Tribune is your place to learn about all things Covenant and keep up with stories from campus and beyond. By guiding you through the different aspects of Covenant, we'll help you decide if you want to pursue your very own Covenant experience.

Coffee, Conversation, and Community

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I love being with my friends on and off campus. We love to go downtown and study in coffee shops (Goodmans is my favorite).

Beebe Stroud ’22

If you glance around a local Chattanooga coffee shop on a typical Saturday morning, you might see roommates enjoying a relaxing brunch; freelancers and college students working away; cyclists and runners getting a post-workout coffee; and baristas chatting with locals about favorite brewing methods.

College students are well-known for frequenting coffee shops, and Covenant students are no exception. Covenant entrepreneurs also seem drawn to local coffee shops. From Ian Goodman ’96 founding Goodman Coffee in Chattanooga to roommates Edoardo Santi ’22 and Evan Zietlow ’22 running the Coffee Cartel on Covenant’s campus from their dorm room, coffee shops seem to strike the entrepreneurial spirit in numerous Scots.

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Like any predictable Covenant College student, I love a good coffee shop and frequent them whenever money permits.

Allison Andrews ’23

So why do Scots love coffee shops? Maybe because coffee shops are nearly synonymous with conversation and community - two things that our community deeply value.

Penny Universities and Revolutionary Ideas

In the 1600’s, coffeehouses became known as “penny universities.” Oxford locals originated the phrase because “for the cost of a cup of coffee, you could gain access to intellectual discussions and, critically, sober debate.” Under Charles II, open discussion was not taken for granted - Charles feared revolution and attempted to stem free discourse, but meeting houses based around coffee instead of alcohol encouraged ideas and conversation. After a downward trend in the 18th century, coffee houses found new life in the Victorian era. Instead of meeting at pubs, the working class could meet over coffee, share local gossip, and socialize.

To this day, coffee shops are not only a place to grab caffeine and a pastry, but they also represent the sharing of ideas, relaxing in community, and conversing with friends - all of which are accessible to anyone who can afford $2.00 for a warm, comforting drink.

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My favorite way to spend free time is in conversation with other Covenant students. There is so much we can learn from each other, and quality time is the best way to see these things in one another. I enjoy conversations while going for a drive, on a walk, or at a good coffee shop.

Natalie Wallace ’23

If you’re looking to kill some time while in Chattanooga, check out a local coffee shop. When you’re visiting Covenant’s campus, grab a cup of joe from The Blink and enjoy conversation with Covenant students. Times like these could become your college weekend go-tos, and you just might form lasting Covenant friendships over a fragrant cup of coffee.


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