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  • Foodservice Director: Adding Coffee Service

    Pop-up coffee station at duval county public schools

    When Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., added a permanent coffee shop with flavored coffees and charging stations, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Without the resources to duplicate the cafe in every high school in the district, Jane Zentko, contract compliance director for foodservice at Duval County Public Schools, and her team put together a pop-up coffee station, Hometown Bean & Co., in May 2016 that hops from school to school each week.

    What it is

    “Our pop-up coffee station is set up using folding tables, so it’s an easy setup and tear down,” says Zentko. Duval’s foodservice team dresses the station up with black tablecloths, bamboo tiered shelves and custom marketing materials to make it look like a true coffee shop.

    How it works

    The station is designed to be a quick stop for students before their next class. “Students place their order by selecting the hot beverage of their choice, selecting what flavor [syrup] they would like to add, and the staff makes the drink on the spot using prebrewed beverages,” Zentko says.

    Customer reaction

    “Since the station is only in a school one week at a time, it has created a sense of excitement and urgency for students and staff to take advantage of the program while they can,” Zentko says.​​

    Food Service Director ​

    January 17, 2017