Cafe to open during move-in day

If you need a place to study, eat or just get away from your roommate, you’re in luck.

The One Green World Café officially opens its doors Saturday, Aug. 20, for students looking to relax and enjoy something a little different.

Located in the building that formerly housed Antlers Pub, the One Green World Café is a coffee shop/night club combo – a business, created by the students, that is student run and student managed.

Jason Steinberg, the associate director of the International Student Office, said that the café owes its humble beginnings to two pounds of coffee. To raise money for the project, Steinberg said these two pounds were purchased with $25, and were set outside with a sign that said, “Coffee, for free, for now.” Based on that initial marketing campaign, and the success of months in business, $4,500 were collected.

Steinberg said that money was used to make supplies for the Café.

“We ended up building our coffee counter out of recycled materials,” he said.

In fact, green efforts – like recycling – are a huge part of the Café’s mission. Steinberg said the two main goals of this café are to promote international and American students working together and working toward a green world, by supporting efforts to up-cycle, recycle, compost and eating healthier.

For those who don’t know, up-cycling is a form of recycling that takes apart pre-made materials and then puts them back together into something more valuable. For example, wood with an initial value of 50 cents might be taken from several chairs and put back together to make a sleek, modern table that’s worth $1,000, Steinberg said.

The café will partially be furnished with up-cycled furniture, he said.

Because this café is all about students, Steinberg said it will also furnish itself with student employees.

“We’ve got 20-25 students who are currently working there,” he said.

And by his calculation the café has as many food and drink options, including mocha lattes, caramel lattes, berry smoothies, protein shakes and even a deep fried risotto ball with pesto on the menu.

Steinberg said prices at One Green World Café will be competitive, falling higher than those at  McDonald’s but lower than those at Starbucks.  Also, the café will accept GU gold.

Steinberg encourages freshmen to come to the café because he said it has the best atmosphere in Erie. He believes this is the case because it’s the mission of the One Green World Café to be 100 percent for, by and from the students.

“They can do whatever they want,” he said. “It’s their’s, it’s yours.”

TESSY PAWLOWSKI

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