by: Julianna He
Let’s break down Caffiends’ hours for your highest chances of securing a seat
If you’ve ever stepped foot in Caffiends, you know it is a small but cozy space. And if you’re anything like me, you like to come into a café when it’s empty to choose the best spot to settle down for the 6 hours of studying you’re about to do. So, to help you, I’ve researched, observed, and compiled the best and worst times to start your day at Caffiends.
9-10am: The graveyard shift. Emptiness. It’s the time that you wonder what kind of God-given skill early-birds possess to be able to get up at this godforsaken hour to start their day. Early-risers, studious students, and unfortunate students with 9am classes are here to fulfill their caffeine addiction.
Verdict: Best time to come in and have your choice of seats however you must give up sleep for this hour.
Chance of finding a seat: 100%
10-11am: People are trickling in, this would be a great time to find your spot and secure it before the lunch rush.
Verdict: Peak time for those people in between early-birds and late-wakers to secure a spot.
Chance of finding a seat: 100%
11-12pm: Quiet hours; a few people walk in for their mid-morning snack or coffee before heading to class, and a few stragglers who stay for a few minutes to hang out before heading out.
Verdict: For those who missed their alarm, you can still make it
Chance of finding a seat: 80%
12-1pm: The lunch rush. People coming in after their class to get their ‘pick-me-up coffee’. If you get here early enough you might be the first of the rush and have your pick of seats.
Verdict: If you’re fast enough.
Chance of finding a seat: 60%
1-3pm: This is the time where people are coming to hang out and study and really settle down for the day. Some are here for their afternoon break of caffeine and sugar and others are ready to set roots down.
Verdict: If you’re lucky enough.
Chances of finding a seat: 30%.
3-4pm: A variable time; some have set roots down, others have been here for 6 hours and are ready to be free.
Verdict: Take your chances.
Chances of finding a seat: 50%
4-5pm: Someone has drunk 4 cups of coffee and others have given up on studying. It’s a time where everyone wonders if their degree and education is worth the suffering.
Verdict: Call a friend in the café and ask.
Chances of finding a seat: 70%
5-6pm: The liminal space. Everyone has given up studying; they want to go home.
Verdict: If you’re desperate for study-time.
Chances of finding a seat: 80%
6-7pm: Only those who are in the know, know this is the most ‘lit’ time of Caffiends. It’s basically empty with only the strongest left here. (P.S. If you stay until this time you might get free coffee).
Verdict: Please come visit, have a tea, and chill with our volunteers (they’re lonely).
Chances of finding a seat: 100%
Hope this was informative and help you narrow down your schedule!
(Jokes aside, any time is a great time to come to Caffiends. There are seats outside in the Vic common area so you can still hang out and have the delicious Caffiends baked good and caffeine!)