Aramark tries new blends at coffee bar

A new Starbucks coffee bar is set up outside the Student Center. It offers tea, muffins, chocolate-covered coffee beans and a buffet of coffee. The bar is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Liz Calvillo, a worker for Aramark, spends her first day of work at the new coffee bar, inviting faculty, staff and students to try the coffee. "If it needs to be open later then we will see, it depends on how it goes," said Director of Food Services Armen Ananian, who is overseeing the bar. / photo by Echelle Avelar
A new Starbucks coffee bar is set up outside the Student Center. It offers tea, muffins, chocolate-covered coffee beans and a buffet of coffee. The bar is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Liz Calvillo, a worker for Aramark, spends her first day of work at the new coffee bar, inviting faculty, staff and students to try the coffee. “If it needs to be open later then we will see, it depends on how it goes,” said Director of Food Services Armen Ananian, who is overseeing the bar. / photo by Echelle Avelar

by Rob Strauss
Editorial Assistant

Aramark Dining Services has added a new place for students to get a quick snack and drink before class.

The coffee bar, which opened Monday, serves Starbucks brand coffee and is a way of accommodating commuter students.

“Commuter students were complaining that the lines at The Spot were too long,” said Armen Ananian, director of food services for Aramark.

The coffee bar was made possible, due to a contract that Aramark has with Starbucks. It will be open five days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For now, the coffee bar serves three kinds of coffee (Cafe Verone, House Blend and decaffeinated House Blend), iced tea and a few food items, including bagels, danishes and chocolate coffee beans. Liz Calvillo, a worker at the coffee bar, said that, for this reason, faculty seems to be more excited about it than students.

“[The students] want more lattés and espressos,” said Calvillo.

In the future, Ananian hopes that the coffee bar will include an espresso machine, a cappuccino machine and more food items, such as bagels and cream cheese. He said it will all depend on how popular the bar is.

“We want to see how sales are,” said Ananian. “If volume is high, Starbucks will provide the machines.”

The coffee is only available on a cash basis. A cup of coffee costs $1.15 and a cup of iced tea is $1.05. Student mealcards are not accepted.

“We have about 30 or 40 customers a day. We are hoping when the weather gets cooler, we will get more business. We also have more business at night because it is cooler,” said Ananian.

“This is really for the convenience of the commuters,” he said.

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