Starbucks? Move over. Harvard students in need of a delicious and quick jolt of morning caffeine can stop by Cabot Café between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday next week for their morning fix. Next week marks a trial period for what could become regular Café hours for the popular Quad-spot, which will continue to serve drinks and food during it's current hours, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
"We have consistently been getting requests to operate in the mornings," said Jesse J. Kaplan '13, a Cabot Café manager. "My friends have been telling me that they only drink caffeinated drinks in the morning, so we figured we might as well try it out."
Kaplan said that the Café will test the waters before diving into the morning venture full force.
"We're going to be starting off pretty low-key, just serving hot coffee and hot tea," he said. "If things go well and people start coming, we'll definitely phase in other menu items." He also added that the staff is hopeful that the mornings will open up Cabot Café to a new set of customers, while keeping the old customers as well.
"I think our morning customers will be some of our night-time regulars but a lot of new faces as well," Kaplan said. "Tons of students are busy at night or go to bed early but are still excited by the idea of a student-run café, so we're hoping we'll be able to reach out to a lot of new students."
And Cabot Café is not the only student run vendor making themselves more accessible to students. The Quad Grill has started accepting credit cards in addition to BoardPlus, Crimson Cash, and cash.
"It's more convenient for students to be able to pay by credit card," said Grill manager Olivia M. Shopshear '12. "We just wanted to have that option available so that we could better serve the quad community."