University of Dubuque



Why are we called Sylvia's you ask? Sylvia's Common Ground is named to honor the memory of Sylvia Fein Farber. This gathering place was given by her daughter, University of Dubuque Trustee Susan R. Farber. Sylvia Farber, an avid reader who always had a book at her side, started her day in the kitchen, coffee in hand, working crossword puzzles. Neighbors and friends were always welcome in Sylvia's kitchen as they are at this coffee house. Sylvia's has become one of the busiest spots on the UD campus. Especially popular as a destination for baked goods, the campus community particularly enjoys relaxing and eating their afternoon snack on the patio adjoining the Stoltz-Myers Plaza.

What's Cookin'

Breakfast Wraps - $2.25
Egg, diced ham, peppers, & onions in an omelete and wrapped in a flaky tortilla shell      

Breakfast Sausage, Cheese, & Egg Croissant - $2.25

Our coffee beans are purchased from a small company known as Alakef Coffee in Duluth, Mn. They are a fair-trade coffee roaster and provide us with the best quality beans possible. We grind the beans ourselves right before brewing a pot and use filtered water in the brewing process. This enables us to provide you with fresh, full flavored coffee. Come join us for a cup!

Brewed Coffee
Regular - $1.75         Large - $2.25

Brazil - A delicate, medium bodied Freshly Brewed Coffee with a nutty flavor
Columbian - Extremely well-balanced cup; complex, deep and distinctive
Costa Rica - A full-bodied, nutty flavored coffee with bright acidity
 - Bold, creamy, chocolaty and balanced 
French Roast - Traditional dark roast, rich, bittersweet and smoky with a bite
 - Bright acidity, complex and crisply rich, full bodied with wild acidity 
Mexico - A light cut with tones of fruit and nuttiness
Tanzanian - Intense flavor, rich and full-bodied, with low acidity, a hint of wine and a complex finish
 - Rich and lively, with gentle acidity and heavier body 
Uganda - A bright roast, fairly balanced. A smooth cup giving heavy body with medium acidity
Butter Rum - Rich buttered rum taste and aroma 
Cinnamon Hazelnut - Nutty, spicy, and creamy
French Caramel
 - Buttery sweet vanilla and caramel 
Highlander Grogg - Rum, caramel, and vanilla mix, Our Most Popular Flavor
French Vanilla
 - The rich flavor of vanilla - a favorite of many
Sylvia's Blend - A regular dark roast coffee blended especially for us
Sylvia's Decaf
 - Decaffeinated dark roast coffee
Espresso -rich blend of espresso coffee ground for perfectbrewing for latte or cafe mocha

Hot Tea from Exploring Teas


     Organic Cranberry Apple

     Bingo Blueberry

     Paradise Whole Fruit

     Orange Grove Vanilla

     Bella Coola


     Earl Grey

     English Breakfast

     Cream Earl Grey

     Jamaican Rum

     Hazelnut Vanilla


     Mountain Dragon

     Popcorn Tea


     Long Island Strawberry

     Jasmine with Flowers

     Organic Spearmint

Roobius (Red)-

     Cinnamon Cha Cha

     Belgian Chocolate

     Creme au Caramel


     Blue Spring

     Iron Goddess of Mercy

White Tea-

     Pai Mu Tan

     Ontario Ice Wine

     Sakura Cherry Rose


Chilled Beverages

Bottled Soda $1.50


Diet Pepsi

Mountain Dew

Diet Mountain Dew


Diet Coke

Dr. Pepper

Diet Dr. Pepper



Diet A&W


Diet 7up

Lipton Unsweetened Tea

Brisk Lemonade

Snapple Teas and Juices $1.75

Kiwi Strawberry
Peach Iced Tea 
Diet Peach Iced Tea
Raspberry Iced Tea 
Diet Raspberry Iced Tea
Peace Tea $1.00

Sweet Lemon 
Pink Lemonade
Sweet Texas Tea

Bottled Water $1.50

1 Liter Bottle of DEJA Blue Water

Bottled Juices $1.50

Minute MaidOrange
Minute Maid CranberryGrape
Minute Maid Cranberry Raspberry
Minute Maid Apple
Minute Maid Pink Grapefruit


Our delicious pastries are baked fresh daily right here at the coffee shop. Walk by, you'll be sure to smell the delicious aroma of cookies baking.

Turnovers - A flaky croissant pastry filled with either apple or cherry pie filling drizzled with a sweet frosting     $1.60
Jumbo Muffins - A soft oversized muffin sprinkled with powered sugar. Choices range from:Banana Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Apple Pie, Lemon Poppy Seed, Blueberry, Raspberry, Pineapple with Coconut     $1.35
Raspberry Cheese Croissant - A mix of raspberry and cream cheese in a golden brown, flaky croissant pastry drizzled with a sweet frosting     $1.75
Scones - Blueberry, Cinnamon-Apple, Chocolate Chip and Cranberry-Orange     $1.45
Fresh-Baked Gourmet Cookies - Huge fresh-baked-daily cookies that will melt in your mouth.    Assortment includes: Chocolate Chip, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, and Snicker Doodles       $1.25
Cinnamon Roll - A warm cinnamon roll topped with a gooey sweet cream cheese icing    $1.75