Coffee Emporium opens campus location in Gallagher Student Center

Business joins family-owned Blue Gibbon | January 29, 2008

Students had a new place to get their morning caffeine fix when they returned to campus for the spring semester. Coffee Emporium, Cincinnati’s oldest locally owned coffee company, opened up shop on the first level of the Gallagher Student Center. To see the video click here.


Coffee Emporium, which features organic and fairly traded coffee beans and roasts all of its own coffee, was named the "Best in Cincinnati" by Cincinnati Magazine in 2001, 2003 and 2006. In addition, Coffee Emporium is developing a blend especially for Xavier that will carry the Xavier logo.


“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.”