The wait is over. Starting Monday (Sept. 9) morning, students, faculty, and staff will be able to get their cup of coffee, tea, or smoothie for that walk across the Culver Academies campus. The Rubin Café will open for business at 8:30 a.m.
Located in the foyer of the Roberts Hall of Science, the Rubin Café is operated by a group of entrepreneurial studies students who serve as the management team. Part of The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, the students divide responsibilities. The students have spent the past two weeks preparing for the opening. Two part-time baristas will work behind the counter during the hours of 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The café celebrated its fifth anniversary in April. It sells a full line of Republic of Tea products, coffee, coffee drinks, smoothies, hot chocolate, muffins, and other items. The café does accept cash, credit cards, and offers refillable gift cards.
The café will also be continuing its relationship with Jarhead Java coffee, director Alex Kurrelmeier said. The Rubin Café started using Jarhead Java’s bold roast coffee beans in 2015, at the request of Col. Warren Foersch, now retired deputy commandant. Along with serving Jarhead Java at the café, people may purchase bags of the ground coffee to take home.
Fifty percent of the profits from Jarhead Java go to the Semper Fi Fund. Semper Fi provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the United States armed forces. It has received an A+ rating from Charity Watch and a four-star (best possible) rating from Charity Navigator with 93 percent of its budget going to its programs and services. In 2018, 14,700 clients were served, with 5,700 service members and/or their families receiving grants totaling $22,918,000.