Date of Award

Fall 2023

Degree Type



Public Health

Director of Thesis

Edena Guimarães, DrPH, MPH, CHES

First Reader

Robin DiPietro, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Robin DiPietro, Ph.D.


The book, Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World, highlights the globalization of coffee; it was first discovered in the mountainsides of modern—day Ethiopia and has since swept the globe. Historically used for religious, medicinal, and recreational purposes, people flocked to coffee houses for the taste of the brew. Now, this beloved bean is ever prevalent on college campuses, especially through foodservice locations. This paper explores the role of foodservice locations, specifically coffee shops, in coffee consumption among college students. Specifically, it will survey the reasons that college students want to buy coffee from a foodservice location and infer what this says about the greater coffee culture at the University of South Carolina. Furthermore, I conduct interviews with college students to gain a deeper understanding of the nuances behind their coffee consumption habits. While interviews are a common research method in literature, these interviews are recorded to create a podcast. By doing so, I am able to combine science and art, creating content focused on answering a question that listeners can follow along with.

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