Significant changes planned for campus coffee shops

For those who enjoy grabbing coffee on campus, keep an eye out for some upcoming changes to Sanatorium Grounds.

Following a recent local partnership with Loyal Coffee, the Sanatorium Grounds coffee shops in the University Center, Dwire and Columbine are being updated with new brews and, most notably, a name change.

The new name of the coffee shop was up to students to decide, with a submissions competition being held in late May and a voting round that ended earlier this month. While the winning name has yet to be announced, the winner of the competition stands to receive up to $250 in gift cards.

According to Larry Lee, executive director of auxiliary services, the decision to change the name is directly related to the new partnership with Loyal Coffee; as the coffee shop evolves, it is only natural for its identity to evolve as well.

The name was left for students to decide as the school wanted the coffee shops to be a “people’s place” and represent the student voice.

The partnership with Loyal Coffee will give the coffee shops access to new coffee blends, including custom blends exclusive for UCCS. The school is looking to elevate the overall quality of the coffee as well with new recipes.

There will also be new aesthetic changes to the coffee shops. While the details are not final, the ambiance of the coffee shops is a priority when designing the new store, Lee said.

Changes coming to the coffee shops should begin rolling out over the next couple of years along with more comprehensive changes to the overall dining program at UCCS.

The Sanatorium Grounds coffee shop in University Center will be renamed and offer new selections alongside its other two locations in Dwire and Columbine. Photo by Lillian Davis.