Starbucks is back at Fairfield!
When Fairfield announced via their Instagram stories over the summer that Starbucks would be returning to campus, I, like all college caffeine lovers, could not contain my excitement. Although I will forever treasure my bleary-eyed Dunkin’ runs before my 9:30 a.m. classes, as a Starbucks enthusiast, I was thrilled to hear the news. Gone are the days of ordering my lattes through Uber Eats or taking the Stag Bus to the bookstore in town just to get my Starbucks fix!
The “We Proudly Serve” Starbucks, located on the ground floor of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business where the self-serve Dunkin’ Donuts used to be, offers a wide variety of drinks and food items reminiscent of a location from the “outside world.” You have all of the essentials: hot and iced coffees, lattes, teas, frappuccinos and refreshers. Combined with their extensive variety of flavors, you can create a brew perfect for you and your mood.
After some trial and error, I have found several coffee combinations that are delicious and give me the perfect caffeine boost to keep me motivated while studying and doing my homework.
My regular order is an Iced Caramel Macchiato. Although it is a pretty basic drink, it’s popular for a reason, with the espresso combined with the vanilla and caramel flavors to create the perfect drink. If you prefer a regular coffee, I definitely recommend an Iced Coffee with vanilla syrup and oat milk. The oat milk helps give the coffee a special creaminess, and the vanilla ensures that the coffee is sweet, but not overpowering. They also offer all of their coffee drinks in both hot and iced, and I definitely will begin to transition to hot coffees as the weather gets colder.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of coffee, the Strawberry Acai Refresher is definitely a fan favorite. The strawberry flavor shaken over ice offers the best refreshing drink, typically on a sunny day. I especially love the berries that they add to the drink.
The only flaw I can find with our new Starbucks is their lack of pumpkin spice. For me, it isn’t autumn until I have a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand, and I am the type of person who orders them way before September even begins. In my opinion, this is definitely a weak spot of our new coffee location, so do not be shocked if you see me in line at the Dunkin’ inside the Barone Campus Center to fulfill my pumpkin spice craving.
If you’re like me and also love the fall flavors but want to try out the new Starbucks, I recommend ordering an Iced Chai Tea Latte with a shot of espresso, also known as a “Dirty Chai”. This is my go-to drink right now, with cinnamon, cloves and other spices blending together to create my perfect morning coffee.
The Starbucks in Dolan also offers a wide variety of food items, including breakfast sandwiches, regular sandwiches and salads. If you combine any of their food items with a tall beverage, you can use one of your meal swipes in exchange. They also have several different grab-and-go items, perfect for when you need something quick to eat.
They additionally offer mobile ordering through the Grubhub app, which is especially helpful if you need to pick up your drink quickly in-between classes and do not want to wait in a long line. You can even link your StagCard to the app and pay with your Dining Dollars!
These are just a few of my favorite drinks that I have been ordering on repeat at our new Starbucks. So the next time you walk in and are overwhelmed with their large menu, just give one of these delicious combinations a try!