This story has been updated since its original publication.
Texas Coffee Traders will cease operations at three locations on campus after losing a bid to renew its contracts.
Texas Coffee Traders, an international coffee roasting company based in East Austin, was outbid when its three-year contract with the University went up for renewal, according to the general manager of its campus locations.
Cappy’s Place in the Belo Center for New Media, Pangea Cafe in the Jackson School of Geosciences building and Qualcomm Cafe in the Gates Dell Complex will close after the second summer school session ends.
Information about the locations’ new contractors was not immediately available.
Joao Pereira, general manager of Texas Coffee Traders on UT’s campus, said he is disappointed he will have to close the stores.
“We love these places, we love our customers, and we would love to keep serving them,” Periera said.
Barista Evan Butts, who has worked at Cappy’s Place since it opened in 2012, said he’ll miss the regular customers he sees every day.
“You do develop relationships with people when you’re in the same building as somebody else every single day,” Butts said. “You see them every single day even if it’s just for five minutes.”
Barista Evan Butts closes Cappy's Place in the Belo Center for New Media on Friday afternoon. The store is one of three Texas Coffee Traders locations closing after the second session. Jesús Nazario | Daily Texan Staff
Classics graduate student Olga Koutseridi said she gets coffee from Qualcomm Cafe several times a week because she likes the shop’s coffee and quality of service.
“I like to support anything local,” Wagner said. “It’s kind of sad to see them getting pushed out of campus.”
Butts said his customers in the Belo Center have already expressed their disappointment about the closures.
“People have already been walking up and saying ‘oh my gosh, what’s going to happen to the coffee?’” Butts said. “A lot of people are sad at the possibility that they might not be getting any coffee in this building.”
Two Texas Coffee Traders locations, one at RLM and another on the corner of 23rd Street and San Jacinto, will remain open.