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Print Editions Thursday September 28th, 2023

Nothing should get between college students and their daily doses of coffee — a sentiment the University and operators of the College Hill Cafe are now closer to making a reality.

Brown ID holders can now use their declining balance accounts to buy sandwiches, pastries and drinks at the cafe located inside the Brown Bookstore, said Josh McCarthy, the cafe's manager.

"We think it will give Brown students a good option for food and beverage besides what the University offers," McCarthy said.Though only a few people have used the option since it became available Aug. 31, McCarthy said he is "very enthusiastic" about its potential.

Elizabeth Darmstatter, who works at the cafe, said the declining balance payment option should boost sales.

"It's a wonderful convenience for the students and faculty," she said.

The cafe, which is operated by Blue State Coffee, opened in February. Though it does not accept meal credits or Flex Points, McCarthy said he is "open to the idea."

"We would love to accept those forms of payment, but that is something that is at Brown's discretion," he said.



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