April 11, 2017 Community

Starbucks to Create Unique Coffeehouse at Suzzallo Library

New café will reflect history and heritage of Suzzallo Library, and feature Starbucks signature handcrafted espresso beverages, small-lot coffees from Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, and Nitro Cold Brew on tap

New store marks key milestone in long-term strategic partnership between UW and Starbucks 

SEATTLE, April 11, 2017 – The University of Washington and Starbucks Coffee Company – two iconic hometown institutions – are coming together to create a world-class coffeehouse destination in the historic and iconic Suzzallo Library. The design of the new café, set to open this fall, will honor the library’s rich history and legacy, and serve as a warm and welcoming space for the thousands of students, faculty, staff and guests who visit the library each day.

“We are pleased that Starbucks will be showcasing not only their coffee and environment, but that they are integrating the design elements of the historic Suzzallo Library,” said Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries. “Henry Suzzallo might be surprised to see a coffee shop in a library, but I think he would be pleased to see students using the library in ways he could not imagine. It would be beyond his wildest dreams.” 

“We’re excited about the addition of this very special venue, which will honor the history and design of a truly iconic library. UW Dining’s mission is to provide our University community with a variety of first-class dining options, so we’re proud to partner with Starbucks in this endeavor. We look forward to making this a destination for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus,” said Pamela Schreiber, assistant vice president for Student Life and executive director of UW Housing & Food Services.

This will be the second Starbucks® store at the UW Seattle campus, joining the first full-service location which opened in 2015 at the HUB. UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) will operate both locations.

For the new café at Suzzallo Library, Starbucks store design team worked closely with UW Libraries, UW Housing & Food Services, and other campus stakeholders to develop a design that would honor the integrity and heritage of the library, while meeting the growing needs of the campus community. The 4,000-sq.-ft. space will offer a variety of seating options to inspire greater connection between students, faculty and staff, delivering a true coffeehouse destination at the library.

As with all Starbucks® stores, the Suzzallo Library location will offer Starbucks signature menu of handcrafted espresso beverages, brewed coffee, Teavana teas, and a wide selection of food including baked goods, Bistro Boxes, breakfast sandwiches, salads, snacks, and more. In response to students’ requests for more options, Starbucks will also offer its selection of unique, small-lot Starbucks® Reserve coffees, which are all roasted and packaged at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill. The new store will also feature the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew on tap, giving customers at the library a new way to experience cold coffee that's crafted in small batches, slow-steeped, and infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy flavor.

“Our upcoming café at Suzzallo Library represents a true collaboration between Starbucks and the University, with every aspect of the store designed with the UW student in mind,” said Erin Combs, senior manager for Starbucks Community Partnerships. “Together, we hope to create a unique destination on campus that will bring students, faculty and staff together around a shared love for learning, creating opportunities, and inspiring greater moments of connection.”

For both Starbucks and the University of Washington, the new store builds on a partnership the two Seattle-based institutions first established in 2012. The two organizations have partnered on efforts to support the next generation of leaders through programs like the Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks has tapped into a strong, local pipeline of talent by hiring UW interns and graduates to join the Starbucks team. And as part of its commitment to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2025, Starbucks is supporting UW student veterans by providing guest speakers for Husky Veterans meetings and Foster School of Business Student Veterans meetings, including on topics such as successful transition out of the military and corporate opportunities for MBA’s. And each year, hundreds of students, Starbucks partners (employees), and community members come together to volunteer on the UW’s MLK Day of Service.

Details regarding opening date, store hours, and hiring for the new Starbucks at Suzzallo Café will be available in the coming months. 


About the University of Washington and UW Housing & Food Services

At the University of Washington, we believe that what you care about can change the world. We’re more than one of the world’s leading public research universities: We’re a community of students and faculty united by a drive to serve the public good. From educating future leaders and making innovation work for all of us, to research breakthroughs and creative works that save and change lives, we’re committed to helping people and communities achieve their full potential. With multiple campuses, a world-class academic medical center, Pac-12 athletics and extensive continuing education programs, the opportunities here are limitless. Learn how you can Be Boundless for Washington and the world at uw.edu.

About The University Libraries

The University of Washington Libraries is a user-centered academic library with rich collections, collaborations and partnerships. The system welcomes over 5 million users annually to 16 libraries on three campuses from Friday Harbor to UW Tacoma and provides 24/7 online reference help by partnering with academic libraries around the world, and is home to the largest library collection in the Pacific Northwest with over 9 million books, journals, millions of microforms, thousands of maps, rare books, film, audio and video recordings. The Libraries provides online access to thousands of academic ejournals, ebooks, databases, streamed audio and video, and datasets, and supports the work of the University with world-class collections that are particularly strong in STEM disciplines, Health Sciences, International Studies, Book Arts and Pacific Northwest history and culture. Learn more at http://www.lib.washington.edu/about.

About Starbucks  

For more than 45 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. Starbucks is proud of its roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. Starbucks continues to celebrate the community at its SoDo headquarters, roasting plant in Kent, Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, and in stores throughout Washington state. Starbucks is proud to support local initiatives through partnerships with like-minded local organizations including the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group, Seafair, and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at http://www.starbucks.com/seattle.

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