‘Brew-tal’ Battle: UC Bold vs. Cup of Joe
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 22:10
Between two cups of a coffee at the breakfast table, battlefronts are being drawn. The argument of preferred dining hall coffee, UC Bold vs. Cup O’Joe, is cause for discussion for among students due to their distinct flavor, texture and energy content.
Although neither flavor has a clear stronger following, some within the coffee drinking community have decided to strictly abide by one flavor.
Nick Kot, a 3rd-semester biology major, said, “I drink Cup of Joe because it’s for a more social coffee drinker.” Kot, who takes his Cup O’ Joe black, must often defend his brand to Bryan Ferrigno, a 3rd-semester physiology and neurobiology major, who drinks UC Bold.
“What is the point of flavor? It has the effects I need,” Ferrigno said.
What makes the two coffees different is in the roasting process. The roasting coffee involves cooking the bean to specific high temperatures, and deciding when to begin the cooling process. The darker the roast the longer is has been cooked.
Cup of Joe and UC Bold are purchased by Omar Coffee in Newington Connecticut. According to Ethan Haggerty, area manager of UC Cafes & Dairy Bar, UC Bold is a blend of South and Central American organically grown coffees.
“They are roasted to a very dark roast profile resulting in the extraction of the coffee oils in a very aggressive fashion. Hence forth the “Bold” trade name.” Haggerty said.
The Cup O’ Joe is a blend of South American and African Rainforest coffees. “They are roasted to a medium dark roast profile resulting in a more mellow taste profile.” Haggerty said.
Cup O’ Joe, being a lighter roast, has a more mild flavor which could encourage more than one cup. As Kot puts it, “UC Bold is for the working coffee drinker. Cup O’ Joe is for the social drinker.”