Etc. Coffeehouse – Drink coffee. Fight Hunger.
The Etc. Coffeehouse is the most unique coffeehouse on the U of I campus. It’s the longest-running coffeehouse in Champaign-Urbana (since 1964!), and it raises money to fight hunger in our local community. Where else can you drink coffee and fight hunger?
It’s a question we hear from time to time from those as yet uninitiated in the awesomeness that is Etc. Well, here are some answers that just might entice you to visit.
It’s a coffee shop. We offer fair-trade, organic teas and coffee, Monday – Friday, in a building that’s nearly 100 years old. The setting can best be described as “vintage casual,” with super-comfy furniture, a huge stone fireplace, and wooden tables that create a really cozy atmosphere.
It’s self-serve and donation-based. We’re run by student volunteers who make sure to keep the pots filled with a variety of hot brews. You grab a mug, pick out your coffee or tea, and drop a dollar or two in to the Etc. donation box. All of the proceeds go to the Wesley Food Pantry (which serves about 15,000 people a year) and Illini Fighting Hunger (an RSO that has packaged over 2 million meals). We use ceramic, reusable mugs to be green, but paper cups are also available if you need your joe to go.
It’s a great place to study or hang out. The coffeehouse is a hidden gem as a study space on campus. It’s a really quiet and chill place to read, write, work on class projects, and surf the web (with free wi-fi). We often have free munchies (fruit/nuts/candy/chocolate) if you need a little pick-me-up to keep you going. We have a microwave so you can heat up your lunch, and USB ports in all the outlets so you can recharge your devices. The coffeehouse hosts a few groups each week, including a grad student gathering on Tuesday nights, and a casual Midweek worship service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Every Friday, at 4:00 p.m., Etc. plays host to the International Coffeehouse, where American and international students, visiting scholars, and campus folks gather to share coffee and snacks, practice English (and other languages), and learn about each other’s cultures. It’s easy to make friends as the world gathers around your table.
It’s at the corner of Goodwin and Green. Next to the Union, between Mathews and Goodwin, across the street from Loomis.
When is it open? Etc. is open every day, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (and midnight on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays), during the academic year. Coffee is available Monday – Friday. You are always welcome to bring in your own food and drink during the week, and especially on the weekends.
Right across the hall from the coffeehouse is the Wesley Student Lounge. It’s also a great place to study, read, work on papers, etc., and the couches provide a comfortable place to grab a quick nap. The large conference table is perfect for small study groups. If you need to take a break, you can watch T.V. or browse through a magazine. Just make yourself at home!
Need more information? Want to volunteer or get involved with the Etc. RSO? Email campus minister Julie Dowler at firstname.lastname@example.org