Early October, a coffee bar is scheduled to open in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, serving 100 per cent organic coffee, a simple menu and soft drinks. It will not be run by the in-house caterers, Albron, but by Bandito Espresso, a small local company. The bar will be set up in a building that has recently been acquired by the faculty - Grote Gracht 86 - located between the two faculty buildings.
Albron, having carried out their own survey, decided against setting up a coffee corner because it would not be viable, says faculty facility manager, Vincent Kordewener. “Albron’s vending machines used by staff for free coffee will remain. Bandito’s products will have to be paid for.”
Exactly how much everything will cost, is not clear yet, says Bandito employee Diënne Hoofs, former student of the Faculty of Law. “It will be a fair price, definitely cheaper than commercial places in the city. Our basic principles are in keeping with the character of the faculty, which considers sustainability to be of paramount importance. We will not sell bottled water, for example, because research has shown that those bottles constitute an enormous burden on the environment. Besides, the quality of our tap water is just as good. We will draw up the menu in consultation with the students.”
Things started to move when study association Concordantia organised a congress last March and Bandito asked if they could do the catering. The opening of the coffee bar is planned for 3 October, but there could be delays because of minor adjustments that need to be made in the building. The new building will also have guestrooms and conference rooms for faculty student bodies.