Rane Culinary Science Center in Auburn opens coffee roastery and cafe


The latest addition to Auburn University’s new $110 million Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center is now open for coffee, tea and pastries.

Atlanta-based Thrive Farmers opened its newest roastery and cafe, ThriveHere @ Auburn, at the Rane Center this week, as well as a second cafe at The Hotel at Auburn University and the adjacent Dixon Conference Center.

UA’s School of Hospitality Management’s new headquarters, the Rane Center, opened to students and guests in August, and Auburn University will officially open the building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours. self-guided this Thursday, September 15.

In addition to culinary labs, a show kitchen and interactive classrooms, the six-story, 155,000-square-foot complex includes a gourmet teaching restaurant with a two-story wine room, a luxury and a spa, a roof garden and a lounge. , a food hall, coffee roasting, and next spring, a craft brewery and a micro-distillery.

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At Coffee Roasting, UA Hospitality students will work with ThriveHere @ Auburn Coffee Manager Alex Brown to learn about growing and sourcing coffee, the roasting process, and how to become a barista.

[email protected] is a unique experience for students looking to start a career in the hospitality industry, particularly in coffee and tea,” said Tom Matthesen, president of Thrive Farmers, in a press release. “In the world of hospitality, coffee usually begins and ends the day, and the (Rane Center) will now place special emphasis on the importance of coffee and tea as part of a great hospitality program. “

In addition to coffee and tea, the cafe serves freshly baked croissants, cookies, muffins and pies.

The Rane Center, which has been planned for more than a decade, offers UA hospitality students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working alongside industry professionals – not only in the roasting of cafe ThriveHere @ Auburn, but also in the fine-dining restaurant, 1856, and in its luxury hotel, The Laurel Hotel & Spa.

The rooftop terrace, which includes a flower and vegetable garden and a cocktail bar and offers guests a bird’s eye view of the UA campus, also opened this week.

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Ithaka Hospitality Partners manages the day-to-day operations of the Rane Center, including the restaurant, hotel, cafe and adjacent Hey Day Market food hall.

“Farm-to-table takes on a whole new meaning with this partnership between Ithaka Hospitality Partners, Auburn University and Thrive Farmers,” said Kenneth Lander, co-founder and chief sustainability officer of Thrive Farmers, in a communicated to AL.com.

“This partnership places a new emphasis on the importance of excellence in serving coffee and tea to the customers we serve, while impacting the farmers who grow these exceptional products.”

Founded in 2011, Thrive Farmers teams up with coffee growers in Central America, South America and Africa in a direct farmer revenue sharing partnership that enables these farmers to have greater stake in the business and earn a sustainable income, according to the company.

“We are delighted to welcome Thrive Farmers to the new Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center and to be our coffee and tea partner for the School of Hospitality Management,” said Hans van der Reijden, Founder of Ithaka Hospitality. Partners, in the press release. .

“The (Rane Center) has been a dream for over a decade, and it’s been an honor to work alongside great partners like Thrive Farmers as we make that dream a reality.”

The [email protected] roastery and cafe is located at the main entrance of the Rane Culinary Science Center, which is located at the corner of South College Street and Thach Avenue.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, go here.

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