Rice Coffeehouse finds its beginnings in Hanszen College, where students would serve coffee in the Weenie Loft—a study room in the old section’s fourth floor. Later, the coffee house relocated to the Hanszen basement in order to accommodate its student patrons more comfortably. That coffee house became known as Bread and Pomegranates. Due to flooding, though, Bread and Pomegranates closed. In the intermediate years, demand grew for an on-campus coffee shop, and in 1990, Coffeehouse was founded as a student-run organization. With partial funding from the Envision Grant, Coffeehouse opened in the Rice Memorial Center.
At the time, Coffeehouse was little more than a kiosk, but has grown in size and more significantly in popularity. Operating out of the current site of Oh Yeah Cafe, Coffeehouse introduced fair-trade and organic coffee to Rice campus, revamped the look of its menu, and installed a wall mural designed by Rice architecture students (i.e. archies). Additionally, Coffeehouse adopted a new logo that commemorates Rice’s overlooked and unofficial mascot, the squirrel.
In 2010, Coffeehouse relocated from it’s original spot in the RMC into into a new, larger space – the lovely Kelley Lounge.