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Coffee shop back in Business

January 23, 2013

The Bean Counter pouring Cafe Richesse in Rockwell Hall.

Add a little local green and gold to your morning java at The Bean Counter in the College of Business's Rockwell Hall.

The Bean Counter reopened on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and is now pouring Café Richesse, coffee from a full-service specialty roaster with strong ties to campus. 

“The coffee The Bean Counter serves is from a small, local, family-owned company run by CSU alumni,” said Geoff Valdez, assistant director for retail operations of Lory Dining Services, which recently acquired management of the venue. “Some of the technology they use to go from ground to grind was developed at the University.”

Café  Richesse uses drip-irrigation technology developed at CSU to grow its coffee with socially responsible and environmentally friendly methods. The Fort Collins-based company has showcased Brazilian specialty coffee since 1993.

Local ingredients across campus

This maintains a trend of high-quality local ingredients used by Lory Dining Services in venues across campus.  According to Beth O’Dea, manager of The Bean Counter, Morgan’s Grind in the library, and INTO Café in Alder Hall, the coffee currently used in these on-campus locations is free trade, environmentally friendly, and locally roasted. Lory Dining Services also owns and operates Sweet Sinsations and Sweet Temptations.

To pair with their high-quality coffee, Valdez and Lory Dining Services want to continue partnerships developed at other venues around campus to offer goodies from Gibs, La Creperie, Consuelo’s and Housing and Dining Services.  In addition, during the Lory Student Center’s overhaul beginning later this year, The Bean Counter can be used to support coffee needs on the north side of campus.


Contact: Ashley Manweiler
Phone: (970) 491-6918