Coupa Café opens library kiosk

L.A. Cicero Coupa Cafe

Coupa Café is a family business with operations at Stanford, downtown Palo Alto, Beverly Hills and Caracas, Venezuela.

The long-awaited opening of the Stanford Libraries' kiosk is at hand. Coupa Café will serve a variety of freshly prepared food items as well as organic coffee drinks, teas, chais and other beverages. Strategically located between Green and Meyer libraries, the café will have extensive hours of service, including evenings and weekends. A Grand Opening will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

"This is a great development," said University Librarian Mike Keller. "Coupa has done a marvelous job of efficient design to expand the kiosk service. This will be a real boon both to library denizens and to students living in nearby dorms."

The extensive menu will feature single-estate coffees from Venezuela, hot breakfast selections including waffles and pancakes, a wide variety of pastries, panini, salads, sweet and savory crepes, quiche, quesadillas and wraps. All menu choices, from a light snack to a full meal, will initially be on offer weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. There are plans to extend hours in coming months.

Coupa Café is a family business with operations in the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building on campus as well as downtown Palo Alto, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Caracas, Venezuela. It offers Venezuelan "shade grown, handpicked, patio sun-dried, super fair trade, organic, single-estate Arabica coffee beans roasted in small batches," according to its website. The Coupal family works directly with the coffee farmers in Venezuela, to ensure that they will receive fair trade prices for their coffee production. In the United States and in Venezuela, the Coupals support local organic farmers and sustainable agricultural practices.

"We're going to have a very festive Grand Opening," said Jean Paul Coupal, '07, the manager of both of Coupa Café's campus operations. "We'll have a Venezuelan band, free coffee and some surprises." He added, "We've all been looking forward to this opening for a long time, and we're very excited to be serving this side of campus."

A portion of the proceeds from kiosk food and beverage sales benefits the Stanford University Libraries.