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Coffee lovers rejoice! DU’s very own student-run coffee shop, Beans Café, will officially open its doors at its second location in the Korbel School of International Studies on Monday, Nov. 3. This will be the first expansion of Beans and, hopefully, the first of many.
According to student manager and fourth-year Hospitality major, Miranda Groh, the demand for Beans’ presence in Korbel first came about when Sodexo’s Cyber Café moved out last year.“It’ll definitely be interesting to see how it goes,” said Groh, “We already have a lot of customers come over to the current Beans, so I think it will good for us to have that second location. Not only will we be expanding our customer base over there, but all the people that come over here will now have Beans over there, which means we’ll be able to do more volume.”
Currently, an issue the Beans Café in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management has run into is a lack of space for customers.
“We’re so small and can only do so much.”
While the Knoebel Beans is small, cozy, and provides students with a warm place to study, customers often find themselves cramped in the area or experience lines going out the door. By redirecting traffic towards their second location, Beans hopes that it will be able to do more service in both locations and avoid previous problems.
When asked whether or not the presence of Einstein’s had affected business this year, Groh replied that it had not.
“We’re doing absolutely great! We’ve upped marketing, have a more stable presence, and are outperforming last year event with the additional competition.”
With the increase in sales and expansion to Korbel, Groh hopes that Beans will be able to continue to other buildings on campus—such as Sturm and Olin—that do not hold ties with Sodexo.
Being one of the most profitable student organizations on campus, the idea of further expansions is entirely possibly.
While the university invested $20,000 into the original Beans in 2007, the expansion has been much more affordable. Despite not having the exact numbers of costs, Groh estimates that the expansion has been approximately $2,000.
Thanks to donations from kitchen tech on campus, Beans has been able to repurpose many appliances that were sitting around and not being used. Alum, coffee supplier, and founder of Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea, Craig Arseneau, has also contributed to the expansion by giving the café grinders, brewers, and espresso makers.
While students will not be able to get made-to-go items, yet, they may still have their pickings from Beans’ unique coffees, drinks, and pastry items. Starting on Nov. 3, hours for the Korbel Beans Cafe will run 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Customers will be able to find the café on the first floor of the building, where the Cyber Café was formally located.
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