If there's one resource college kids use more of than any other age group, it'd be coffee. Whether you just need an afternoon pickup, or you're like me and can't function without at least two cups before nine AM, coffee is arguably the most important part of a college breakfast. At Fairfield, Barone's coffee bar is usually pretty good, but there are some days when you just want a little ~*something special*~. And sometimes, when that mood strikes, Starbucks or Einstein's might not be there to save you.

But fear not! If you're willing to put in a little extra effort and a little experimentation, you'll be able to ensure that every cup of Barone coffee is café quality. As a self-described coffee fiend, here are a few options that I love to try out when my morning cup of joe needs a lil twist.

DIY Dunkaccino

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At this point, Dunkin Donuts should probably just sponsor me because I mention them so much in my articles. This drink from the Massachusetts-based coffee chain blends together coffee and hot chocolate to create a creamy, chocolatey treat perfect for the chilly walk to Bannow or the DSB.

To get this drink in Barone, just mix together the hot coffee (light or dark roast works well with this one) with the hot cocoa from the specialty drink bar. If you're feeling extra fancy, snag some chocolate sauce from the ice cream bar and get ready to indulge.

Chai Latte

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If you're more of a tea person, then this warm, wintry drink's got you covered. Barone has a pretty decent tea selection throughout the day, and most of the time they offer Rooibos chai. Making this drink is easier than passing FYE: just steep the tea bag in milk from the cereal section, and sweeten to taste. And, if you get to Barone before 11:00, you can even snag some cinnamon from the hot cereal bar to add an extra kick of spice. #spoontip: Use the soy milk in Barone to make this drink vegan!

Virgin Irish Coffee

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As a proud Irish lass under the age of 21, I'm a bit miffed that I can't add Bailey's to my coffee when I'm feeling a lil' fancy (although there are non-alcoholic versions). But, that's where the flavor shot section of the coffee bar comes to the rescue.

I've developed a bit of an unhealthy obsession with the Irish crème flavor shot at Barone, and for good reason. It's low sugar and delicious–a must have in coffee flavorings! To make this drink, just pour a cup of black coffee, stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar, and pump in the Irish crème shot. You'll just have to substitute whipped cream for heavy cream (nail the technique of adding the cream with this video).

This drink is a lot cheaper than hopping on a flight to the Emerald Isle, and you'll only miss the alcohol a little, I promise.

(Iced) Caramel Latte

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Repeat after me: the ice cream bar is your friend. If you've got a heavy sweet tooth, this drink is for you. Barone has been busting out the power moves by 1) putting the iced coffee out earlier in the morning and 2) adding caramel and chocolate sauces to the ice cream bar.

To get this tasty drink, fill a cup with ice and pour in your iced coffee and however much milk you like. Swirl in the caramel sauce from the ice cream bar, and that's all there is to it! But, if you're no basic bitch, and wanna up your latte game, add a French vanilla shot from the coffee bar–instant caramel brulee latte from Starbs. All the holiday joy, but none of the controversy over the stupid cups.

Coffee is an absolute essential to keep college kids from turning into a zombie before class. And, if you use these Barone hacks, you'll not only be awake for class, you'll avoid a serious case of déjà brew.