Rice Coffeehouse draws students, faculty and staff to its bustling home. How bustling? See these numbers.

Mandy Quan ’20 serves up a latte. Photo by Jeff Fitlow

85,000 cups of coffee were sold last year. Thirty-six thousand of those were poured in mugs customers brought in themselves. So, in an average day, baristas pour 400–600 cups of drip coffee.

45: the number of students employed by the coffeehouse at a given time. Ten of those are managers.

94: the number of different menu items that  were entered into the system in the last three years. 

$2: the cost of a large cold brew, the ideal antidote to a steamy Houston morning.

Photo by Jeff Fitlow


0: the number of flat whites currently on the menu, but baristas will be happy to custom-make the trendy espresso drink to order.

100% of the coffeehouse’s beans come from local purveyor Katz Coffee. They originate from around the world, including Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia and Guatemala, but they’re all roasted in Houston.

95¢: the cost of any order of drip coffee if you bring your own cup.

5¢: of every Nutty Bee latte goes to the Planet Bee Foundation, which educates children to help combat the current bee crisis.

NOTE: CoffeeHouse closes June 25th for renovations and will reopen sometime in July. 

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

Make Your Own Nutty Bee

In a 12-ounce cup, combine 1 shot of espresso, 1 pump of hazelnut syrup, 1/2 pump of vanilla syrup and a liberal squeeze of honey. Top with steamed milk, to taste.