Miss Diné College, Mariah Lee of Many Farms, Ariz., cuts the ribbon during the Aug. 19 grand opening of Warrior Coffee.
The new coffee shop,which features Starbucks-styled coffee and specialty foods, is a hit with students and administrators.
TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College’s new coffee shop held its official grand opening Monday for students, teachers and members of the community — an invitation to come together over a cup of coffee.
Warrior Coffee, a first of its kind coffee shop at the college, located on the ground floor of the Ned Hatathli Cultural Center (NHC), served up free cups of coffee from 8 to 9 a.m. About 50 people came out for the grand opening.
“A part of college is the experience you have in college,” Diné College President Charles Monty Roessel told the people in attendance. “In many ways, we are celebrating the potential of the college.”
The shop serves Starbucks-styled coffee and a unique specialty menu and is part of a bigger $8 million renovation and improvement project that took place on the NHC’s ground floor. In part, the project stabilized the NHC and refurbished offices and classrooms in the building.
Matthew Tsosie, a junior public health major, said he passed on the regular free coffee offer, instead opting for an iced caramel macchiato.
“I like it, so when I saw it on the menu I ordered one,” Tsosie said. “I recommend this.”
Warrior Coffee is managed by NANA Management Services (NMS), which is the contracted food service provider for Diné College. The coffee shop is managed by Andrea Ground and Brad Harris.
Warrior Coffee is open daily from 7 to 7 p.m. and from 8 to 5 p.m. on weekends.