Sac State needs more Starbucks


Baked goods and pastries available at your CSUS Starbucks on Nov 5th 2015. Starbucks Morning buns and Chocolate Croissants are delicious.

Cambrie Sevaaetasi

Fall is upon us, and with the cool weather comes the long lines for warm beverages as well.

Out of all of the coffee shops on campus, Starbucks is by far the most popular. The only Starbucks on campus is located in Riverfront Hall, and has a perpetual line that entices many students to skip out on a beverage not only to make it to class on time, but to make it to class period.

Just in the nick of time, a new site serving Starbucks beverages has made it to Sac State. Buzz Express is located in Folsom Hall, one of our sites off the main campus that is primarily for the nursing students. They are not a licensed Starbucks, but they do serve a selection of Starbucks drinks. The Buzz Express opened this past Monday, November 2.

Soon, the bookstore’s Hornet Bookstore Café will be turning into a proudly serving Starbucks café as well. According to Angela Rader from UEI, the Hornet Bookstore Café will remain the Hornet Bookstore Café. It also will not be a licensed Starbucks, but will offer a majority of their hot and cold beverages. At the moment, there is no exact date as to when the Hornet Café will transition into a Starbucks café, but it offers hopes for the Starbucks-obsessed students.

However, there is a plan for a full-blown licensed Starbucks that will be coming to campus. It will be located in the Union, and is a part of the new expansion. It’s arrival is expected to be in 2017 or 2018. This won’t be any time soon, but UEI has taken note to the overflow of customers at the current licensed Starbucks, and is making provisions to solve the issue.

In the meantime, the two new Starbucks serving locations will alleviate some of the congestion at the one located in the Riverfront, but it may not bring the lines down to favorable lengths. Unless all of the coffee shops on campus are licensed Starbucks and/or perhaps a Peet’s Coffee and Tea, the lines will continue to be astronomically large. There are many other places on campus to grab a crafted coffee beverage, such as The Buzz or Ecogrounds, but many students prefer the taste of Starbucks. Not to mention, the location is key.

Riverfront Hall’s location is amongst the classroom buildings, and in the same building as some of the major on-campus restaurants such as Panda Express and Baja Fresh. The location is prime and convenient for many students rushing to and from class.

The new Buzz Express is located in a location where not many students are present. It is completely detached from the main campus and a majority of the students. The individuals who will benefit the most from this site will be the faculty members and students of the nursing programs. Naturally, those in medicine really need their jolt of caffeine, but for those of us on the main campus, the new Starbucks affiliate isn’t going to do us any good.

The big question is: why doesn’t Sac State convert the already existing coffee shops into Starbucks more readily? It makes more sense to fix something that is already there. Many students would appreciate another Starbucks, even if it is on the same side of campus. At least there is another place to grab their cappuccino, even if there was limited seating available, like the already existing Java City. Students could jam in and out and on with their life.

Unfortunately, the only plans for Starbucks and Starbucks affiliations are in the coming years, and won’t affect student now.

In the meantime, while we are all eagerly awaiting some more Starbucks, check out The Buzz, Ecogrounds, Java City, or the Bookstore Cafe. Less time waiting, more time sipping.