Fully Caffeinated Hands-on Learning

Beans is a student-run coffee shop in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver. Our mission is to provide a place for connections, laughter and discovery.

We had this fabulous facility, a real learning laboratory, but the space that is now Beans was completely underutilized. I knew we could use the space more productively and leverage it to educate students.- David Corsun, Ph.D., Director, Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

The small student-run coffee shop in the Joy Burns Center has been serving students, faculty and staff since October 2008. David Corsun, director of the Knoebel School of Hospitality Management housed in the Joy Burns Center, envisioned Beans when he took the helm of the school in 2007.

Nine years after the initial opening, we are opening a second location in the Korbel School of International Studies.

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Corsun taught a food and beverage entrepreneurship class in spring 2008. Under Corsun’s tutelage, the nine students in the class drafted the business plan for the full-service student-run coffee shop. The University invested $20,000 in new fixtures and furniture for the shop and opened in fall with a full staff of students. Now students are responsible for marketing Beans, managing the other hourly employees, and monitoring and presenting the weekly profit-and-loss statement.

In addition to being a great student learning experience, Beans creates a culture of involvement in the University. Not only students congregate at Beans, people from a variety of offices on campus hold meetings at Beans and celebrate at Beans After Dark.


Come in today to enjoy a great cup of coffee in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Knoebel Hours:

Monday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. (Trivia 7–9 p.m.)
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. (BAD 4:30-7 p.m.)
Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

What does Beans have?

We proudly serve Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea products. (Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea is co-owned by Knoebel alumnus, Craig Arseneau.)

Come in today for a specialty beverage or a warm cup of brewed coffee!

We carry a variety of items for breakfast, lunch, and snack. The lunch menu is hand crafted, and breakfast is locally influenced, featuring burritos from Longmont, and pasties from Aspen Baking Co. Our current seasonal features include a 3 cheese grilled cheese, tomato soup, and a muffaletta sandwich.

Beans After Dark
Fine wines by the glass and refreshing Colorado beers.

Thursday Night 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Payment Options:

  • Cash
  • Credit
  • Flex