USD Office Coffee Service
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Dining Services is pleased to announce the debut of a new full-service coffee program now available for your in-office needs. Choose from alumni-owned Ryan Bros.Coffees and a selection of fine teas.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, the Office Coffee Starter Package includes gourmet coffees that are Fair Trade and certified organic. We will set your office up with a brewer, coffee and all the condiments. Ground coffee will be packed in reusable tubs, which will reduce waste and help conserve resources.
Tubs can be refilled instantly at Aromas coffeehouse, with freshly brewed-on-site coffee. We are also offering multi-use decanters of sweeteners, as an alternative to traditional packets.
This innovative program offers you a better product and is more cost-effective and efficient. We look forward to providing you excellent coffee service!
- The following file provides additional information about the program, and the complete order form: Office Coffee Services (pdf)
- Office Coffee Service Contract (pdf)
Serena Martin, Unit Leader for Aromas, serenam (at) sandiego.edu, or x6507.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- To whom is the program available?
- How do I place an order, or reorder?
- May I place an order in person?
- How may I pay?
- What is organic coffee?
- What does sustainable mean?
- What is Fair Trade, and why is certification important?
- What is estate coffee?
- What is shade grown coffee?
- What is bird-friendly coffee?
- How do commercial and specialty coffees differ?
Office Coffee Service (OCS) is available to the entire USD campus. Faculty, students and staff can purchase organic, Fair Trade coffees, teas and accessories at Aromas coffeehouse.
We recommend you first contact Serena Martin, Unit Leader for Aromas coffeehouse to sign up for OCS and place your initial order. See the program details, and order form, on this page. E-mail Serena your interest in OCS at serenam (at) sandiego.edu. Extension 6507.
- Once you place your order, you may pick it up at Aromas coffeehouse, conveniently located on the lower level of Maher Hall. When ordering refills of coffee, please bring your empty tubs back in.
- If you prefer, free delivery is available for orders of $50 or more. We offer same-day delivery Monday-Friday during regular business hours. When ordering refills of coffee, please have empty tubs ready for pick-up up on delivery.
- Example: If you order four tubs of coffee, you need to have four empty tubs ready to be picked up at the time the delivery is made.
Yes. Ryan Bros. Coffee beans are freshly roasted on-site in Aromas. Teas, coffee mugs and all OCS condiments are also available for purchase at Aromas. These products are available to everyone, not only OCS participants.
Choose from a variety of payment options: Advantage Card (dining department charge card), POETs (budget) code, CampusCash, cash, check or credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
Organic coffees do not use chemical fertilizers or inputs and demand a more careful farming practice in order to bring the crop to fruition. These hand-crafted crops offer a superior taste potential because of the masterful harvesting methods employed.
Sustainability implies a concern and sensitivity towards the conditions of the environment, farmers, and trading participants needed to keep the system intact and healthy. With a long-term vision in mind, sustainable business practices aim to replenish all participating factors so that a self-sustaining system is nourished and strong for future generations.
Fair Trade is a designation referring to the economic system put in place to ensure that farmers are properly treated and compensated for their all-important efforts. Roasters must pay a percentage directly to the farmers to maintain status as a certified Fair Trade Roaster. Ryan Bros. Coffee is proud to be part of this growing movement. Fair Trade certification is important as a “checks and balances” point for the industry. Marketing materials are provided to those who pay and maintain their dues as a participating agent, because education is the key to bolstering public awareness so that sustainable measures are protected against fraudulent representations.
Estate coffees represent the hard work and careful harvesting of smaller farms or cooperatives. Similar in philosophy to that of the microbrewery, estate coffees often impart the one-of-a-kind taste experiences large commercial mills cannot replicate.
Shade grown coffee is any coffee grown under a large, natural canopy of tree covering. Large commercial producers want every square inch of farm land for producing crop and dollar yield, and it is difficult and costly for them to try and “tap” the higher altitude topography for their mass produced needs. Higher altitude, specialty grade beans naturally support shade grown methods of production.
Similar to shade grown coffee, this designation requires the tree covering necessary to sustain animal life in the topography. Where there are trees…there are birds. The higher altitude, smaller estate farms are great natural providers for the sustainability of animal life. (Designation provided by the Smithsonian.)
Commercial coffees are basically mass produced beans that fail to target “quality” as part of the equation. These beans are mainly of the Robusta varietals with a higher numbering of primary and secondary defects. Commercial beans do not impart the nuances and depth of flavor available in the specialty grade varietals. Specialty grade coffees are the result of fully mature, high grown beans that are carefully screened and graded for quality and consistency as a crop. As with fine wines, the aromas and taste profiles these high altitude beans impart are easily distinguishable to the experienced roaster.