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New Starbucks Location a Hit With Wildcats

The Starbucks drive thru at the new 555 Pointe Drive location. Since the cafes opening in September, many BOHS students have made it their go-to choice for morning drinks and after school study sessions.
Jacob An
The Starbucks drive thru at the new 555 Pointe Drive location. Since the cafe’s opening in September, many BOHS students have made it their go-to choice for morning drinks and after school study sessions.

BOHS students now have another option to satiate their caffeine cravings and it’s just a seven-minute walk down Wildcat Way: Starbucks’s latest location, which opened on Sept. 9.

Prior to this spot, the closest Starbucks open early enough to grab a drink before school was in the Brea Plaza Shopping Center 2.3 miles from campus.

The new location, just 0.3 miles away, “makes it a lot easier to get [a drink] whenever,” and “to be on time to things,” Sophie Viramontes, varsity Spiritline member, said.

In addition to the convenient location, the new Starbucks features another perk: a drive thru. Only two of the twelve Starbucks locations in Brea have one. The other drive thru, at 525 Valencia Ave., is 2.8 miles east of campus, on the Yorba Linda border.

In a Sept. 21 Wildcat poll about coffee consumption, 46% of student respondents revealed that they visit a Starbucks at least once before school during the week. Most, it seems, have made the 555 Pointe Drive location their go-to spot. On Oct. 11 and 12, the Wildcat asked a dozen students who had Starbucks drinks in hand or on their desks where they purchased the beverage. All twelve had just visited the new location.  

“Our school is literally on top of a hill, [so] we used to have to walk miles to find a quick place to lounge without waiting, because honestly, nobody’s going to Outback Steakhouse for a snack,” Ellise Chu, junior, said. Now, Chu walks to Starbucks and back before after-school practices. Also, as a member of the Robotics team, Chu often stays at school until 9 p.m. “After meetings, my team and I can conveniently walk down to Starbucks for team bonding,” she said. 

Some Wildcat athletes are also enjoying the cafe’s proximity to BOHS. Going to the Starbucks “is great for after cross country practice,” Layla Patel, freshman, said. During two-hour practices the athletes often run up to six miles. “I go down to Starbucks with my teammates a lot to get drinks because it gets so hot after practice,” she said.

The cafe, which occupies the former Souplantation building which closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is also a hit with students seeking a public spot to study.  Studying at a cafe “helps me focus more because I can just plug in my earbuds and get in the zone,” Sophie Chappell, freshman, said. “It’s less chaotic than when I’m at my house because I have less distractions – it’s just me and my study stuff, and I end up getting a lot of work done.”

And Chappell isn’t the only one. Since the location’s opening last month, Wildcat reporters, before and after school, have observed the drive thru lane packed with cars, long lines of teens at the registers, and many of the establishment’s tables occupied by BOHS students (and even some teachers) with open laptops, AirPods, textbooks, and, of course, coffee.

Sierra Rios, junior, is a fan: “It’s a great place for people to get together and hang out [while] still being close to the school,” she said.

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Azilynn Fuerte
Azilynn Fuerte, Staff Writer
Azilynn Fuerte, freshman, is a cheerleader and a staff writer for the Wildcat. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cheerleading at sporting events, which she hopes to do this for the rest of her high school career. Post-high school, Azilynn wants to be a family lawyer and attend Hope College.
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Lauren Ko, News Editor
Lauren Ko, junior, is hoping to gain valuable experience as News Editor during her first year as a member of the Wildcat staff. The current president of Mock Trial, she is also an active member of organizations such as American Red Cross Club, National Honors Society, and Link Crew. Outside the classroom, Lauren delves into the field of law with the International Humanitarian Law Youth Action Campaign. You're likely to find her admiring art in museums while she explores a big city -- two of her favorite hobbies. 
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Jacob An, Photographer
Jacob got his first camera last December, and has been developing his photography skills by capturing the beauty of everyday things through landscape and portrait shots. His hobbies include flying airplanes, Muy Thai kickboxing, playing the bass guitar, and scripting games.
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