Lancer leaves unexpectedly, Coffee Corner steps up to the plate
By Julia Yates
Due to Lancer Catering leaving Cambridge campus at the end of the Spring 2017 semester, Coffee Corner came to Cambridge campus at the beginning of this semester to provide food service on campus.
This decision was made because during the summer a food service committee comprised of faculty, staff and students (Nick Taylor, Dana Gangl, Andrea Gerrard, Andrew Aspaas, Marko Marian, Steve Crittenden, Shannon Kirkeide, Kim Beinfang, Heidi Haagenson and Marilyn Smith) sacrificed a part of their time or/and summer to ensure that students had a quality food option on campus.
Coffee Corner is a small “mom and pop” business. They have three locations: Princeton, Milaca and Cambridge. They care about quality over quantity and believe in customer service and community over business. Their coffee is fair trade and they offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. They even offer punch cards to make each experience the best it can be and this level of customer service extends to their new Cambridge campus location.
“Having a food service helps the students be connected to the campus.” Steve Crittenden, the Dean of Student Affairs, stated that the best part of the food service task force was to build a positive campus life environment.
Because Coffee Corner offers a variety of dietary options including gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives, student Tiandra Gillespie said, “I like that they have options for vegetarians.” This made her campus experience more enjoyable because she can stay on campus and study over lunch instead of having to go into town to get food due to her dietary restrictions.
Student Mary Ellingson says that she enjoyed the food service because they were friendly and talked her through their menu options, “They were very friendly. I asked them what kind of smoothie I should get and they recommended the Blue Raspberry… I got it within five minutes. It was very, very good quality.”
Another student, Jenny Oman, felt that their food options were kind of expensive. She also commented, “The new cafeteria is amazing at customer service, and is incredibly friendly. They get to know you by name and have great coffee.”
Student Maddie Oliver stated that they are always willing to take the time to find a good menu item for her. They are always friendly and their food quality is good, despite being a bit “spendy.”