University of Washington and Starbucks to open new café in Suzzallo Library

University of Washington and Starbucks to open new café in Suzzallo Library


  • New café will reflect history and heritage of Suzzallo Library, and feature Starbucks signature handcrafted espresso beverages, small-lot coffees from Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, and Nitro Cold Brew on tap
  • New store marks key milestone in long-term strategic partnership between UW and Starbucks 

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The University of Washington and Starbucks Coffee Company – two iconic hometown institutions – are coming together to create a world-class coffeehouse destination in the historic and iconic Suzzallo Library. The design of the new café, set to open this fall, will honor the library’s rich history and legacy, and serve as a warm and welcoming space for the thousands of students, faculty, staff and guests who visit the library each day.

“We are pleased that Starbucks will be showcasing not only their coffee and environment, but that they are integrating the design elements of the historic Suzzallo Library,” said Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries. “Henry Suzzallo might be surprised to see a coffee shop in a library, but I think he would be pleased to see students using the library in ways he could not imagine. It would be beyond his wildest dreams.”

“We’re excited about the addition of this very special venue, which will honor the history and design of a truly iconic library. UW Dining’s mission is to provide our University community with a variety of first-class dining options, so we’re proud to partner with Starbucks in this endeavor. We look forward to making this a destination for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus,” said Pamela Schreiber, assistant vice president for Student Life and executive director of UW Housing & Food Services.

This will be the second Starbucks® store at the UW Seattle campus, joining the first full-service location which opened in 2015 at the HUB. UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) will operate both locations.

For the new café at Suzzallo Library, Starbucks store design team worked closely with UW Libraries, UW Housing & Food Services, and other campus stakeholders to develop a design that would honor the integrity and heritage of the library, while meeting the growing needs of the campus community. The 4,000-sq.-ft. space will offer a variety of seating options to inspire greater connection between students, faculty and staff, delivering a true coffeehouse destination at the library.

As with all Starbucks® stores, the Suzzallo Library location will offer Starbucks signature menu of handcrafted espresso beverages, brewed coffee, Teavana teas, and a wide selection of food including baked goods, Bistro Boxes, breakfast sandwiches, salads, snacks, and more. In response to students’ requests for more options, Starbucks will also offer its selection of unique, small-lot Starbucks® Reserve coffees, which are all roasted and packaged at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill. The new store will also feature the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew on tap, giving customers at the library a new way to experience cold coffee that’s crafted in small batches, slow-steeped, and infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy flavor.

“Our upcoming café at Suzzallo Library represents a true collaboration between Starbucks and the University, with every aspect of the store designed with the UW student in mind,” said Erin Combs, senior manager for Starbucks Community Partnerships. “Together, we hope to create a unique destination on campus that will bring students, faculty and staff together around a shared love for learning, creating opportunities, and inspiring greater moments of connection.”

For both Starbucks and the University of Washington, the new store builds on a partnership the two Seattle-based institutions first established in 2012. The two organizations have partnered on efforts to support the next generation of leaders through programs like the Husky Leadership Initiative and Starbucks has tapped into a strong, local pipeline of talent by hiring UW interns and graduates to join the Starbucks team. And as part of its commitment to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by 2025, Starbucks is supporting UW student veterans by providing guest speakers for Husky Veterans meetings and Foster School of Business Student Veterans meetings, including on topics such as successful transition out of the military and corporate opportunities for MBA’s. And each year, hundreds of students, Starbucks partners (employees), and community members come together to volunteer on the UW’s MLK Day of Service.

Details regarding opening date, store hours, and hiring for the new Starbucks at Suzzallo Café will be available in the coming months.

About the University of Washington and UW Housing & Food Services

At the University of Washington, we believe that what you care about can change the world. We’re more than one of the world’s leading public research universities: We’re a community of students and faculty united by a drive to serve the public good. From educating future leaders and making innovation work for all of us, to research breakthroughs and creative works that save and change lives, we’re committed to helping people and communities achieve their full potential. With multiple campuses, a world-class academic medical center, Pac-12 athletics and extensive continuing education programs, the opportunities here are limitless. Learn how you can Be Boundless for Washington and the world at

About The University Libraries

The University of Washington Libraries is a user-centered academic library with rich collections, collaborations and partnerships. The system welcomes over 5 million users annually to 16 libraries on three campuses from Friday Harbor to UW Tacoma and provides 24/7 online reference help by partnering with academic libraries around the world, and is home to the largest library collection in the Pacific Northwest with over 9 million books, journals, millions of microforms, thousands of maps, rare books, film, audio and video recordings. The Libraries provides online access to thousands of academic ejournals, ebooks, databases, streamed audio and video, and datasets, and supports the work of the University with world-class collections that are particularly strong in STEM disciplines, Health Sciences, International Studies, Book Arts and Pacific Northwest history and culture. Learn more at

About Starbucks

For more than 45 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. Starbucks is proud of its roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. Starbucks continues to celebrate the community at its SoDo headquarters, roasting plant in Kent, Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, and in stores throughout Washington state. Starbucks is proud to support local initiatives through partnerships with like-minded local organizations including the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group, Seafair, and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at


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Starbucks Troy Alstead offers a few words of advice to Starbucks partners who are just beginning their careers

SEATTLE, 2015-2-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The aroma from the first cup of coffee every morning takes Troy Alstead back to key moments in his life.

Growing up with his brothers in Puyallup, Washington where his parents always had coffee brewing in a percolator. Attending the University of Washington, where he’d walk to one of the first Starbucks stores to discover coffees of the world. Reading the Sunday newspaper over coffee in his kitchen, shortly after he got married, where he saw a job listing for a Starbucks financial analyst.

“I wasn’t looking to change jobs at the time, but the Starbucks logo caught my eye because I was a loyal customer,” Alstead recalled. “To me Starbucks was this incredible place I went for coffee. I didn’t imagine working there.”

He joined Starbucks early in 1992 when the company had about 100 stores and was privately owned. Alstead was on teams that guided Starbucks initial public offering and outlined the company’s expansion into global markets. He served as both the chief financial officer and the chief operating officer. Soon, he’ll begin a sabbatical from Starbucks which he said is “important for me and my family right now, but still not easy.”

Alstead reflects on 23 years with the company, discusses how he’ll spend his free time, and offers a few words of advice to Starbucks partners (employees) who are just beginning their careers.

“I’ve been wanting to invest more time in my family – with four kids at home and one of them ready to go off to college – and every time my wife and I talked about it, I’d think ‘not yet, not yet, not yet,’” he said. “The reason I know I can step away now is because the company is in extraordinary shape. Starbucks depth of leadership and financial performance are exceptional, and the strategy has never been clearer. All of this makes it possible for me to leave for a while. Not easy, but possible.”

Most of the projects Alstead worked on in his early Starbucks career could also be described as “not easy, but possible.”

Four years into his journey with Starbucks, Alstead was asked to join the team developing the company’s global business. With a life-long interest in international studies and an appreciation of other cultures, the assignment was a natural fit. At that point, in 1996, Starbucks had about 1,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. It also had a lot of skeptics outside the company who doubted the company could succeed in overseas markets.

“We heard the same doubts when Starbucks expanded to California.  People thought coffee was a Seattle thing, or maybe for the northern cold belt of the country,” recalled Alstead. “Today, the runway for growth for Starbucks around the world is remarkable.”

Before the end of 1996, Starbucks had opened stores in Japan and Singapore. Starbucks is now in 66 countries and he said in many ways the company is “just getting started” outside North America. China is the fastest growing market for Starbucks which is opening, on average, one store every 18 hours there.

Alstead credits baristas who wear the green apron for the company’s growth saying the Starbucks Experience comes to life in their hands.

“While we have the most amazing coffee anywhere, it is brought to life by how they make the beverages and how they speak to the customers about it, and the environment they create in the stores. That is everything for us,” Alstead said. “We’ve known that since the beginning.”

His advice to Starbucks store partners just beginning their careers is to do what you love, value the people around you, and serve others. “If you can find a way to do that in any career field, you’ll find meaning through work.”

In the months ahead, Alstead will continue to serve others through several volunteer projects that are important to his family and community. He’ll also pursue non-profit work related to his passion for ocean preservation. And, he’ll ride his motorcycle and scuba dive more too. “I’m going to be busy,” he said with a smile, quickly adding that he’s going to continue starting every day with his favorite cup of Starbucks® Sumatra coffee, with an aroma that will now remind him of 23 “amazing” years with the company.

“I’d say Starbucks changed my life, but it’s bigger than that,” he said. “Starbucks created and shaped my life.”

Next week, the Starbucks Newsroom will feature the incoming president and chief operating officer, Kevin Johnson.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.


Starbucks Troy Alstead offers a few words of advice to Starbucks partners who are just beginning their careers

Starbucks Troy Alstead offers a few words of advice to Starbucks partners who are just beginning their careers