What do Roesch Library, Marycrest, Fitz Hall and so many other campus locations now have in common with the Heritage Center?
Starting yesterday, they all serve coffee.
The ninth division of the student-operated Flyer Enterprises, Heritage Coffeehouse, opened its doors Wednesday morning, and the line to get coffee is still out the door.
The Heritage Center, originally built in 1903 as a boys’ bathhouse, was most recently a showcase for Flyer history, thanks to the Alumni Association and Division of Advancement, which renovated in 2007 the building known to generations of alumni as the post office. Last year they approached the student business venture to see what use the students might have for the site, with a caveat: It must preserve the spirit of UD’s most faithful alumni, the Golden Flyers.
With two dedicated Flyer Enterprises coffee ventures already on campus, and coffee available at so many more, the students who operate Flyer Enterprises asked, “Why more coffee?”
Peter Hansen, Heritage Coffeehouse director of marketing, answered: “Coffee is a product that has a rich past-time and focus on process. It brings people together.”
And then there’s the unique location, in one of UD’s oldest buildings.
“The ambiance differs from other coffee places on campus,” he said. “It’s more relaxed without being just another restaurant.”
At the opening, alumni John Beran ’74 and Myron Achbach ’52 said a few words on behalf of the Alumni Association and Golden Flyers.
“[H]istory will continue to be shared in this space through the digital screens that give insight to our humble beginnings and our longstanding traditions,” Beran said. Screens in the coffeehouse display moments and photographs from UD’s 167-year history.
While standing in line on the new gray tile flooring, you can tell that this coffeehouse feels different. The baristas, trained onsite at Boston Stoker, grind fresh espresso beans and serve high-quality products.
“It’s so refreshing to be in this environment,” said Allie Rubin ’18 as she sipped her cold brew and shared this simple pleasure of life: “I am able to sit and drink coffee with friends.”