“We were honored when Xavier approached us to bring our coffee retail operation to their student center," says Tony Tausch of Coffee Emporium. "We're especially excited to work with the Xavier students and their entrepreneurial studies program to help develop small business skills for interested students. I believe the students and staff will really appreciate Coffee Emporium’s variety of offerings for both coffee and non-coffee drink lovers.”
Students are employed as staff and managers. Senior student managers not only gain experience about the coffee business, but they also have an opportunity to accompany Coffee Emporium owners to a Costa Rican coffee plantation.
Coffee Emporium is the second locally owned business to move to the Xavier campus. In March 2007, the Blue Gibbon restaurant, the popular, family-owned Chinese eatery, opened its first-ever franchise on the lower lever of GSC.
“We are very excited about the expanded services Coffee Emporium will bring to our campus," says Tom Barlow, director for auxiliary services. "This family owned company fits very well into our mission to support local communities and businesses. Their notoriety of being ‘The Best of Cincinnati’ adds to our nationally recognized campus quality and service excellence.”