The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Brazos County officials are distributing free backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for K-12 students on July 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryan High Silver Campus Cafeteria.
Brazos County to distribute free school supplies
‘Back to School Bash’ invites K-12 families on July 12
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 11, 2024
Graduate G Tyrece Radford (23) drives to the basket during Texas A&Ms game against Nebraska in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
How Tyrece Radford can catch the attention of NBA scouts
Roman Arteaga, Sports Writer • July 10, 2024

After 5 years of college basketball at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Tyrece Radford is furthering his athletic career with the San Antonio...

Craig Reagans 1973 brown Mach 1 Mustang features custom stickers of Craig and his wife, and is completely rebuilt from the ground up. The interior was completely torn out and replaced with new dashboard and radio.
Compassion in the car community
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • July 9, 2024

This past Sunday, Cars and Coffee welcomed exactly one car: a sleek, brown Mustang that stood alone like a lone ranger in the Wild West. This...

Chancellor John Sharp during a Board of Regents meeting discussing the appointmet of interim dean Mark Welsh and discussion of a McElroy settlement on Sunday, July 30, 2023 in the Memorial Student Center.
Analysis: Chancellor Sharp’s retirement comes with new dilemmas
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 2, 2024

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday he will be retiring on June 30, 2025.  A figure notorious in state politics,...

The cafe at Texas A&M’s hotel welcomes students and offers Aggie-themed drinks

Recreation%2C+park+and+tourism+sciences+sophomore+DeLanie+Allen+studies+at+The+Junction+on+her+lunch+break.
Photo by Photo by Megan Cusick

Recreation, park and tourism sciences sophomore DeLanie Allen studies at The Junction on her lunch break.

The Junction Market and Cafe offers a variety of caffeinated creations, using coffee from a former Texas A&M football player’s company.
Located in the Doug Pitcock ‘49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, The Junction offers both hot and cold beverages, along with food items such as tortilla soup and caesar salad. The cafe uses coffee from Last Shot Xpresso, a company created by former A&M defensive back Floyd Raven after his two seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cafe manager Geoffrey Candia said The Junction can function as a quick grab-and-go spot or a place for people to sit down, relax and eat. Candia said Raven often comes to visit and brings new ideas to the cafe.
“[Raven] is here once or twice a week,” Candia said. “He put all of his energy into his coffee company, and he gets coffee beans from South America.”
The Junction is typically open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., though Candia said the cafe will sometimes stay open later on game weekends.
Candia said he encourages people to utilize the cafe for group and individual study sessions because he believes it provides a welcoming atmosphere for students. The cafe also plans to offer discounts through the popular food and drink app Hooked.
The Junction is planning a signature coffee contest in which the cafe will take outside suggestions for new drinks. The top three drinks will be voted on by team members, and the highest selling drink will be featured on the cafe menu with the winner’s name.
David Young was part of the opening crew for the hotel and is now the lead bartender at Block T Bar, which works collaboratively with The Junction employees.
Young said he has enjoyed working at the hotel, and the employees are some of the nicest people he has worked with.
“We all work together to ensure a goal for all of us,” Young said. “We work with The Junction to come up with drink ideas.”
Junction barista Jalisa Johnson said she has learned a lot about the art of making coffee since being hired. The employees are always coming up with new drinks and experimenting to create new recipes.
“The Cam Special is good, and a lot of people get the Nutty Professor, which has butterscotch and dark chocolate mocha,” Johnson said. “I just tasted the Monster Mash Frappuccino. They just came up with that one.”
With the hotel located in the heart of campus, Johnson said she’s always encouraging students to visit and try something new.

Navigate Left
Navigate Right
  • Curriculum and instruction graduate student Cassie Brawner (right) takes a customer’s order at The Junction Market and Cafe.

    Photo by Photo by Megan Cusick

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *