Scout Coffee Co. Coming to Cal Poly in Fall 2021

A cappuccino on a table.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Scout Coffee Co. is bringing its scratch-made pastries and craft-roasted coffee to the yakʔitʸutʸu neighborhood on Cal Poly’s campus for the opening of the 2021-22 academic year.

The locally owned coffee company recently agreed to partner with the Cal Poly Corporation and open its third San Luis Obispo location next to the Cal Poly Welcome Center in yakʔitʸutʸu.

“We are so excited to have this opportunity to be a part of the campus experience,” said Scout Coffee Co. Owner Sara Peterson. “We feel honored to represent the family run, local businesses of SLO and to bring that bit of hometown feel directly outside the door of so many students.

“We are having a lot of fun planning the ultimate cafe experience. To all the students and faculty, we can’t wait to meet you and serve you! This is going to be a wonderful collaboration, and we are so grateful!”

The new space will serve as a gathering spot for all campus residents and visitors to grab a quick coffee and pastry on the way to class or to join a tour of the campus.

Scout will offer their signature HoneyCo Coffee Roasters coffee, a brew that Alton Brown of the Food Network called “scientifically perfect.” Owners Jon and Sara Peterson opened HoneyCo Coffee Roasters in January 2015 and have since been featured in The New York Times, Sunset Magazine, The Guardian, The Venue Report, AAA Westways Magazine, Sweet Paul and more.

Alongside the award-winning coffee, Scout will offer an extensive menu of fresh baked goods including morning buns, muffins and scones as well as an almond blackberry jam croissant, ham and cheese croissant, giant cookies and multiple short bread options will be available. For those looking for something more substantial, Scout has many other options including avocado toast, fruit and yogurt parfait, chia pudding, Liege waffles, and a buttermilk biscuit with salted honey butter and jam.

In addition to its coffee, teas and delicious food, Scout Coffee Co. is known for its inspiring spaces that locals have come to love since they opened their first Garden Street location in 2014.

“The inviting spaces that Sara and Jon are able to create are exactly what our students have been asking for — that and the coffee of course,” said Corporation CEO Cody VanDorn. “We’re happy to bring them to campus and take another step towards enhancing the student experience.”

Cal Poly Corporation is funding the buildout of the space, with total capital expected to exceed $1 million. The investment is one of many, including the $28 million renovation of Building 19, in the Corporation’s 10-year commercial services plan. 

About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives.

About Cal Poly Corporation
Cal Poly Corporation is the nonprofit auxiliary organization to Cal Poly, providing self-supporting, innovative, and high-quality services to the university and assisting the institution in achieving its educational mission. For additional information, visit or call 805-756-1451.

Contact: Aaron Lambert

April 26, 2021

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