Some CU students upset new Starbucks takes away local company’s coffee

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Some students at the University of Colorado are not happy they can no longer buy coffee from local company Celestial Seasonings on campus. This comes a week after Starbucks opened at the University Memorial Center.

There is a clause in Starbucks' contract at the UMC that “no other premium coffee” can be sold in the building.

“Celestial Seasonings being a longtime Boulder company, it’s atrocious that they can’t sell coffee,” CU student Diego Sanchez said.

Celestial Seasonings was founded in Boulder in 1969 and has sold coffee to CU students for nearly 25 years.

“We appreciate the passionate support of Celestial Seasonings fans who have enjoyed our coffee and teas at CU’s University Memorial Center. Contract details for businesses at UMC are up to the university," Celestial Seasonings said in a statement.

UMC interim director Andrea Zelinko said it has a longstanding relationship with the Boulder-based company, and the university was able to work out some compromise with Starbucks.

“(Starbucks has) the same agreement with tea, but we were lucky to work with both Starbucks and Celestial Seasonings to come to an agreement to allow both to operate in our building,” she said.

The decision to bring Starbucks into the UMC was made by a student-run board.

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