You’re on your way to school, tired from a late-night study session. What do you do? For many upper schoolers, the aid of a morning coffee—or some alternative beverage—is the catalyst for a productive day in class. From the entrance of Lancaster, you turn your head left, then right. Within proximity, you have four main options: Green Engine, Tous les Jours, Dunkin’, and Starbucks.
All regular stops among upper school students, allegiance often comes down to personal preference. For Sixth Former Casey Williams, quality is a top priority.
“In terms of quality, Green Engine, by far, has the best coffee.”Casey Williams ’24
“In terms of quality, Green Engine, by far, has the best coffee,” Williams said. “It genuinely seems like they put a lot of effort into the quality of their coffee.”
Located just up the street on Haverford Station Road, Green Engine prides itself on coziness and a green approach to artisanal craft and suburban hospitality. The intimate setting invites coffee-goers to stay and enjoy the bustling establishment.
“I’ve also spent a lot of time there studying or doing some work as it’s a pretty peaceful environment,” Williams said.
Across the street, Tous les Jours offers customers not only a spot for craft beverages but also an array of delectable treats. A fusion bakery combining French, Asian, and American influences, many often come for coffee but leave with much more.
“I like Tous les Jours because of the French influence and the bigger variety of foods, coffees, and teas,” Sixth Former Chase Nelson said. “[I like] the comfy seating inside as well.”
Tous les Jours is a recent addition to the local coffee scene, boasting sleek market-style shelving for their confections and a modern lounging atmosphere. The combination entices many in addition to Nelson, including Sixth Former Chase Shatzman.
“I prefer Tous le Jours because they make their baked goods fresh daily and have a very aesthetically pleasing working environment to study.”Chase Shatzman ’24
“I prefer Tous le Jours because they make their baked goods fresh daily and have a very aesthetically pleasing working environment to study,” Shatzman shared.
While it’s nice to have a casual, sedentary atmosphere, student life often beckons quick turnarounds. In that case, favorite stops include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.
“If I’m in a rush, I’ll go to the Starbucks drive-through on Lancaster because it’s pretty consistent and convenient,” Williams said.
Starbucks, a staple for any coffee run, now runs two locations up the street from Haverford.
And known to every advisory snack run, Dunkin’ Donuts also provides an affordable and speedy option.
Sixth Former James Gates said: “I like Dunkin’ because—obviously donuts—and I’m guessing it’s cheaper than Starbucks.”