Starbucks coffee coming to each campus, plus big changes for MCC-Penn Valley cafe

StarbucksIf you need a cup of Starbucks to get you going in the morning (or even the afternoon), you’ll love this: Starbucks coffee will be available in the MCC cafeterias as well as in the Campus Stores when classes start in August.

We’re not talking about the full Starbucks experience, so don’t look for baristas. It’s self-serve. But you will find a selection of the company’s coffees (hot or iced, including cappuccinos) on each campus.

Follett, the company that manages MCC’s stores, says multiple flavors of Starbucks coffee will be offered, but the initial flavors may be tweaked in response to sales and customer requests.

And speaking of the Campus Stores, a couple of locations are adding other food items as well, such as sandwiches and salads.

The store at MCC-Business & Technology, which already carries items like snacks and candy, will be expanding offerings to include sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, soups, salads, fruit and other packaged food items. That campus doesn’t have a cafeteria.

At the Health Science Institute, part of MCC-Penn Valley, a new food cart in the lobby will be selling Starbucks, sandwiches, salads, fruit, yogurt and snacks, but no hot food.

The five MCC Campus Stores are getting spiffed up over the summer with new paint, carpet, signage and fixtures.

Big changes are also coming to the MCC-Penn Valley cafeteria. Elite Cuisine, the campuses’ food service provider, is revamping the space (on the lower level of Campus Center) and will offer a wider selection.

Look for grill items (chicken strips, turkey burgers, fries, etc.), hot entrees (lasagna, meat loaf, hand-carved turkey), deli sandwiches, hand-tossed pizza and grab-and-go salads. There will be breakfast service as well. With the expanded cafe options, the Subway sandwich shop will no longer be available on site.

In other food news, each campus café will offer freshly made fruit smoothies during off-peak hours. Elite is promising 10 varieties with optional add-ins such as kale, fresh ginger and coconut water.

MCC has signed a new five-year contract with Elite Cuisine, with renewal options for an additional five years. Elite has agreed to spend $50,000 in improvements, most of which will be at MCC-Penn Valley.

“We are excited to be working with our two vendors to provide more offerings to everyone at MCC,” says Scott George, director of auxiliary services and business relations.

“The renovations at the bookstores plus the new offerings at HSI and Penn Valley’s café all work toward enhancing the experience for our students. We are fortunate that these partners share our passion and are willing to invest in the betterment of MCC.”