about us & our food
Café Azafrán came about on a cold winter afternoon when John Shields, our beloved Chesapeake chef and owner of Gertude’s, suggested working with Irena to reinvent the cafeteria at the Space Telescope Science Institute located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. The scientists in the institute were looking to bring fresh food and good coffee to their working environment, a place where extraordinary ideas and projects take shape (and are launched). Scientists from around the world come and share new technologies, theories and perspectives for understanding the world around us. What better opportunity than to feed those who are our “eyes to the universe”?
Thus, Café Azafrán opened on September 25, 2004. It has grown to become a delicious breakfast, coffee and lunch destination and a welcoming setting for science discussions, neighborhood gatherings, inter-disciplinary dialogues, professor-student meetings and interaction among the Johns Hopkins community at large.
Our staff is very kind, well mannered and upbeat. We understand the importance of good customer relations and that a positive attitude is as important as the knowledge of the food trade. We try to create work conditions that will instill such a positive attitude.