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New coffee bar now open on campus, serves food and Starbucks

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Seth Henderson
The Oasis Coffee Bar in the cafeteria building officially opened on Jan. 29. The Oasis serves Starbucks drinks among a variety of food items.

Students and faculty no longer need to leave campus for food or Starbucks because they can now purchase both at The Oasis Coffee Bar, which has officially opened in the cafeteria building on Monday.

With the main cafeteria under construction, 19-year-old pre-health occupations major Carmen Rodriguez said this is her second semester at Cosumnes River College and would previously go off campus or use Doordash to get food.

“I usually sit in here, in the cafeteria and I’ve seen it, but today when I arrived, I saw the sign out front and saw it was actually open,” Rodriguez said.

The Oasis is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

Rodriguez said she ordered the “dragon drink,” a purple specialty drink from Starbucks and said it tastes just as good as any other Starbucks.

Customers can expect to see menu items such as breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches, including vegetarian options. Other menu items include: Beef and Cheese Piroshkis, vegetarian Caprese Paninis, Muffaletta Ciabatta and more.

No food item on the menu is priced higher than $6.75 with breakfast sandwiches being the lowest priced food item at $4.75. Starbucks drinks are listed on the menu as “grande” and range from $3.75 to $5.65 with “venti” options available at an additional cost.

Beyond the menu, there are muffins, nuts, energy drinks, protein bars, chips, candy and gum available to purchase at The Oasis. A minimum purchase of $3 is required to use a debit or credit card.

Josh Howell, an 18-year-old mechanical engineering major, said he sometimes hangs out in the cafeteria, but rarely gets Starbucks and decided to get some coffee when he walked in because he said he was tired.

“It feels a little fancy having a coffee shop in the cafeteria,” Howell said.

Howell said he personally loves food, so a full cafeteria would be a definite plus for him.

Eighteen-year-old psychology and criminal justice major Naomi Tellez works behind the counter at the coffee bar and said it is fully staffed with her being the only student worker. She said she is able to work a full-time flexible schedule that works with her course schedule at CRC.

Rodriguez said she is looking forward to using the cafeteria space more.

“I always come in here and I always do my work,” Rodriguez said. “I was about to do some work right now. Yeah, I like it in here.”

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Seth Henderson, Editor in Chief
Seth Henderson is the Editor in Chief for the Connection newspaper. He decided to join the Connection because he wants to pursue his dreams of becoming a reporter and broadcaster, with hopes of working in the field full-time. He is passionate about  traveling and exploring the world.

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    DeanrickelJan 31, 2024 at 7:51 pm

    Great work, Seth!

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