Expanded Whispers is now open

Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer, gets ready to cut the ribbon at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Whispers Café on January 16, 2018.


Whispers Café, part of the newly renovated John W. Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis, reopened on January 16, 2018. Whispers’ opening helped usher in the second semester with a line of robust coffees, espressos, teas and grab-n-go food options.

The recently renovated café features a coffee and espresso program through our partner, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. The Kaldi’s  program showcases high-quality, relationship coffees that meet or exceed Fair Trade certification standards. The café is the exclusive home of cold brew on tap as well, featuring both standard and nitro cold brew.

For those who love cold brewed coffee or nitrogen-infused coffee, Whispers will be the home of the Cold Brew Crew membership. For $200, a student receives a Cold Brew Crew membership card which entitles the student to up to two free cold brew coffees or nitrogen-infused coffees per hour for the entire second semester. Membership cards can only be purchased at Whispers. The Cold Brew Crew memberships will only be honored at Whispers Café.

Whispers offers some of the world’s most pure and unique teas through the addition of Firepot Nomadic Tea to the menu. The café features authentic, spicy Firepot Chai, was well as an assortment of loose leaf teas, and two iced tea offerings. Guests can  choose either “express” or  “extended” service style to meet their needs.

Whispers reopened in its original location on Level 1 of the Olin Library, rebuilt and expanded with new furniture for a variety of seating options. Designed to be a relaxed, social and study space with coffee and grab-n-go available to help recharge body and mind, Whispers has ample access to power outlets and WiFi.

The regular operating hours for Whispers Café will be:

Monday – Thursday         7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday                                      7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday                                 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday                                    10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Whispers Café is operated by Washington University Dining Services.

In 2017, The Princeton Review ranked Washington University’s Dining Services third in its national rankings of food service on college campuses. In 2016, Washington University Dining Services was ranked 8th in the nation, according to the Princeton Review.

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