It's Easy Being Green...

It's Easy Being Green...Posted: September 16, 2011

The beer taps are long gone.

In their place is a top-of-the line Italian espresso machine, a lot of enthusiasm and a commitment to making the world a better place, one cup of coffee at a time.

That’s Gannon University’s awesome new One Green World Café, located in the former Antlers Pub at 162 West 4th St.

After the University took ownership of the property earlier this year, extensive renovations were completed over the summer. The result is a large, open and trendy space that is warm, inviting and comfortable.

The café previously was located in a small space on the first floor of Gannon’s Zurn Science Center. It now has a true home.

The University on Thursday, Sept. 15 held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for One Green World Café. The celebration was well attended by students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The café seeks to bring together the University’s wide range of cultures. It is run by American and international students (such as, l-r, Sujeet Palle, Tigist Yirko, Osama Almoerfi and Adi Cosic) and has been designed to function as a self-supporting and financially stable business.

“Diversity is obviously important on a college campus,” said Jason Steinberg, associate director, Gannon University International Student Office. “One Green World Café is designed to enhance our diversity by bringing students of different cultures and faith backgrounds together in a fun atmosphere.

“That’s how a campus of students grows closer and becomes a true community,” Steinberg added. “A place where everyone feels welcome is the first step in creating a sense of belonging among all students, regardless of their nationality.”

The café’s menu items are representative of countries such as Saudi Arabia, India and China. Customers can choose from a range of food and beverages such as salads, soups, wraps, pizza, desserts, coffee, tea, latte, and, of course, espresso.

The “Green” aspect of the café’s name signifies its environmental focus, in terms of an emphasis on recycling and minimizing waste. For example, many of the café’s furnishings were made from repurposed materials such as desks, tables and chairs. Even parts of the Antlers’ disc jockey booth were salvaged and used.

The café also will have a compost station for coffee grinds, tea bags and other compostable waste.

More about the One Green World Café

  • The café uses only fair trade coffee beans.
  • During the Academic Year, the café is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sundays, 12-8 p.m.
  • All student workers are trained in every aspect of running the café and its daily operations.
  • Gannon University’s Student Government Association and Activities Programming Board have supported the café in its purchase of necessary equipment.