Now, a coffee a day can help support Knights in many ways. A new coffee spot in the John C. Hitt Library — un-FILTERED, a Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. cafe — not only provides a place to refuel but also ways for caffeine-lovers to give back. A portion of the cafe’s monthly supply costs helps provide food for UCF students in need.
The venture is the university’s latest partnership with the Orlando-founded beverage company, which launched three custom UCF-inspired coffee blends last year that also support Knights. The exclusive offerings include two Knightro blends, a floral and sweet dark roast, and a medium roast with lemon and blueberry notes, as well as a Pegasus chocolate and caramel-flavored blend.
“Some of my best years were at UCF and it feels good to be connected to the university again and do something that makes a difference.”
— Anne Valdez ’81, Barnie’s vice president of coffee and tea, and creator of the UCF coffee blends
Donated from Barnie’s at the opening of the cafe on campus, including $1,500 from sales of the UCF blends since their release in December 2022
Of monthly supply costs from the campus cafe will be reinvested in food insecurity programs at UCF
From the sale of each 12-ounce bag of UCF coffee blends is also put toward reducing food insecurity on campus. Barnie’s UCF blends are available for purchase at any of its locations — including the campus cafe — online and at future grocery store locations.