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Auburn’s Keurig Girl gaining national attention for coffee charisma

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KEURIG GIRL.

“Hello?”

“Hi, this is Madison Collins.”

“Thanks for calling me back! Are you drinking coffee?

“I’m not, but I can make some.”

Can she ever…

She’ll make coffee here. She’ll make coffee there. She’ll make coffee anywhere. Madison Collins is Keurig Girl–it says so on the name tag outside her dorm room—and it’s what she does. And people have taken notice. The Plainsman. Cosmo (“Keurig Girl Is Your New Favorite College Celebrity”). Seventeen. Hopefully Ellen Degeneres.

First it was her fellow Auburn students. What’s that noise? Oh, it’s a girl brewing her own coffee. At the library. With a Keurig machine she brought from home.

“There have been a lot of stares,” she says.

But what everyone was staring at just made sense. It saved time. It saved money.

“One night, I knew I was going to be at the library really late, so I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll bring my coffee machine,’” the freshman biomedical sciences major from Homewood told The Plainsman.

Photo: Ellen Jackson / The Plainsman.
Photo: Ellen Jackson / The Plainsman.

Come exam time, the owner of what is now the most famous Keurig machine in the world was the talk of campus.

The location of her portable java drip would be broadcast to the study-weary denizens of Ralph Brown Draughon via Yik Yak and Twitter.

If you brew it, they will come.

Oh man, Keurig Girl’s going to be on the third floor!

Her parents "think it's hilarious."
Her parents “think it’s hilarious.”

The nickname was an gift from her friend Zach Blomeley, an Auburn junior, who dubbed her Keurig Girl on Twitter one day, not so long ago, when Collins’ method for securing her caffeine fix was known mostly only to her friends, friends who still mostly only called her Madison.

But when she got back from Christmas break, it was official.

“Our RA had put name tags on all of our doors, and he put ‘Keurig Girl’ on my mine,” Keurig Girl says. “People would walk by and say ‘Oh my God, Keurig Girl lives here?!'”

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Mutual respect.

“Here”, by the way, is in the quad, which is a short walk to the library… thankfully. Because she’s not going to lie: the spare mugs (people rinse them out and bring them back) and and extra K-Cups and the, you know, ten pound single-serving coffee maker she now kind of feels obligated–she has a reputation to keep up, friends to fuel–to load into a tote bag and carry with her whenever she’s burning the midnight oil can get kind of heavy. One arm may be starting to get muscles the other doesn’t have.

Thankfully she has Keurig Coffee to keep her going…and she may not have to pay for it for a little while. Or maybe Keurig is just sending her a T-shirt or something. Who knows…

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They contacted me to and said they want to send me something,” Keurig Girl says. “Apparently I’m a big deal.”

Related: Auburn student ‘Cupcake Girl’ smears frosting on her face on the Haley Concourse as social experiment.

Other Big Deals at Auburn:

* Alice Fraasa, the Snorg Tees Girl, is banner Auburn coed.
* Recent Auburn grad Meghan McCarthy featured in ABC News segment on professional Viners.
* ‘Looks like he’s gotten a little faster’: Jake Longenecker’s former high school coach proud of Auburn ball boy’s newfound fame.
* Auburn grad Ashley S. escapes ‘Bachelor’ mansion with amazing exit, feels nothing
* ‘Jeopardy’ contestant whose ‘Cheers’-referencing final response went viral wishes she’d written ‘War Eagle’

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About Jeremy Henderson

Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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