|Brewing up good coffee and cool conversation.|
One of the biggest "perks" at Hilton College is its student-run coffeehouse, Cougar Grounds. This campus hot spot delivers gourmet coffee, including Zagat award-winning Diedrich Coffee, in the hip atmosphere of an independent urban coffeehouse.
Filled to the brim with warm ambience and cool conversation, Cougar Grounds is a great place for students to relax, gather and study as patrons or to learn the ins and outs of a running a small hospitality business as employees. Cougar Grounds' menu features a variety of hot and cold gourmet coffees and deluxe teas, fair-trade coffees and signature coffee-blend drinks, including delicious macchiatos, mochas, chai lattes, caramel lattes and more, along with breakfast muffins and pastries, killer chocolate desserts and sandwiches. Students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University of Houston flock to our coffeehouse because, quite simply, the coffee is great and the atmosphere is welcoming.
Cougar Grounds, on the first floor of the College's South Wing, is the first university coffeehouse in the country to be run by students as part of a corollary education class. In addition to being a great student hangout, Cougar Grounds serves as the laboratory for an entrepreneurship class at Hilton College, in which students learn all about small-business operations, including marketing and sales, price setting, payroll, cost control, supply management and new product development.
The brainchild of Dirk Smith, a Hilton College alumnus and owner of Dirk's Coffee, a coffeehouse on Montrose between West Alabama and Richmond that's been serving Diedrich Coffee for more than 15 years, the Cougar Grounds brand is backed by the world's finest coffee beans and a gold standard in service.
Stop by for a cup of Joe and see for yourself what all the brew-ha-ha is about!
Fall & Spring Semesters
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1st floor of South Wing, S107
Manager of Cougar Grounds