Home Base coffee carts roll towards success


The coffee cart rolls through the hallways, twisting and turning as it moves from classroom to classroom. The operators sell three types of coffee to their customers, the teachers.

During every tutorial period since winter break, five Home Base students have rolled a coffee cart around campus, selling and delivering coffee.

Courtesy of Nicholas Bruno

Courtesy of Nicholas Bruno

“Home Base is a classroom, where I teach history, science, English, and we have a support period, like what they do in [Learning Center] down there, but it’s just smaller classes pretty much,” Home Base teacher Nicholas Bruno said.

Bruno said he is looking for any student volunteers, one a week, who want to help deliver coffee during tutorial to get other students involved.

“[It’s been] really successful,” Bruno said. “I’m really surprised. We usually run out of at least one coffee, sometimes two. Last week we ran out of two because went down to the District’s office.”

The coffee carts does not really profit, but make enough to buy the next week’s supplies, Bruno said.

“[The goal is] helping out the teachers, so that they don’t have to leave their classrooms to get their coffee, and to provide a quality cup of coffee,” Bruno said.

Bruno also said that the coffee cart delivery helps give the students job skills as they take orders, complete the order, give change, count money and do inventory.

“It gets students out to the school and they see more of the school that they usually don’t get to see,” Bruno said. “We go everywhere, District Office, Millennium High School, Counseling Office, Front Office, so just seeing everybody and making our faces known.”

Bruno said he got the idea from a video he saw of a school in San Francisco and decided that he could do the same here.

Every tutorial period, the students serve about 30-35 teachers coffee, Bruno said.

English teacher Mercedes Foster, one of their customers, said the student’s customer service skills are great. Foster has bought coffee from them three or four times and said she always tries to have dollars ready for when they come by.

“It’s convenient, it’s piping hot, the coffee is good quality, and the kids are really invested in it, so they do a really good job,” Foster said.

Math teacher Amy Dunn-Ruiz is another one of their customers. She said she buys their coffee every time they come by.

“It’s nice because the coffee I made at home is just running out by the end of tutorial, and there is nowhere to get coffee nearby, and they have a handy service that comes by and delivers it,” Dunn-Ruiz said.

Dunn-Ruiz said she thinks the program helps the students by teaching them business skills, customer service, and time management due to the fixed period of time to deliver to the teachers. Dunn-Ruiz also said that the students are very polite and helpful.

“[My favorite part is] being the barista and pouring the coffee, putting the milk, sugar and cream in it and giving it to the person who wants it,” a freshman student said.

Bruno said he is considering expanding the coffee cart program so they can sell in the park as well, but has not yet figured out what food licensing would be necessary.

“[I hope to] keep doing it on Tuesdays during tutorial, and continuing it for years to come,” Bruno said.