With finals rapidly approaching, students are looking for ways to amp up their caffeine-fueled study sessions. But there are more places to get a caffeine jolt than just Starbucks and Dutch Bros.

These quaint drive-thrus are serving up rich espresso in dessert form, helping to take the edge off stress and provide the concentration necessary to power through final projects, essays and exams.

These shops run specials daily, too, making them a budget-friendly way to study.

Southside Java

Location: Highway 99 W in the Bi-Mart parking lot.

Hours: 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

Description: The baristas are friendly, efficient and creative, serving drinks like Pirates Revenge, which is a mix of espresso, milk, butternut, hazelnut and praline. Other specialty drinks include the Twix Remix (white chocolate, caramel and peanut butter), as well as the Grasshopper (chocolate mint). All drinks can be made hot, blended or iced.

The stand’s signature brew is Longbottom Coffee. But if you want to cut back on your caffeine intake, the barista recommends the chai because they use the brand “Big Train,” which is more of a sweet and spicy powder mixture.

Specials: Buy one, get one on Thursdays and Sundays.

Java Expresso

Location: Highway 99W in the Little Caesar’s parking lot.

Hours: 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Description: This stand is consistently busy on any given morning, and the baristas are lively and friendly despite the rush. They serve anything from your traditional flavored mochas and lattes to Iced Kahlua and Frappe Freezes. If you’re looking for a steady buzz, order a “Depth Charge,” which is black coffee and shots of espresso. Java Expresso’s signature brew is Bella selva Coffee.

Specials: Monday mocha 16 oz. for $2.75

Tuesday: Flavored Latte for $2.75

Wednesday: Flavored Mocha for $2.75

Thursday: Buy one, get one for $1

Friday: Double vanilla latte for $2.75

Saturday: Dependent on weather

Sunday: White mocha for $3

Leann’s Lattes

Location: Highway 99W near Wal-Mart

Hours: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday; 8-3 p.m. Sunday

Description: The name may say latte, but this coffee stand is re-defining the concept of coffee, with drinks like the Chunky Monkey (white mocha, almond and banana flavoring) or the German Chocolate. All specialty drinks can be made hot, iced or blended.

Specials: Monday: Mocha for $2.50

Thursday: buy one, get one for $1

Sunday: buy one, get one for $1

All other day’s specials are decided that day.


Location: 2nd street and Highway 99W.

Hours: 5:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Sunday 8-3 p.m.

Description: This drive thru has an extensive list of specialty drinks, ranging from the Snickers to the Almond Joy and White Angel (white mocha and caramel). If you like the taste of coffee with some added flavor and tons of caffeine, order a Toddy – hot or iced. Baristas here are friendly and fast workers. Don’t forget to show your student ID because Linfield students receive a 25 percent discount.

Specials: Depends on the day, but it is usually a 16 oz mocha or latte for $2.25.