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Coffee Needs Research: UC Davis’ New Coffee Center Dedicated June 25th

Inside the New UC Davis Coffee Center

The UC Davis Coffee Center is the world's first academic research center focused on coffee, aiming to do for coffee what UC Davis has done for beer and wine. Through its research, teaching and mentorship, the center plans to train the next generation of coffee professionals while improving the entire industry and making it more sustainable.

Coffee Center hosts site dedication and research symposium

On June 25, 2021, the Coffee Center welcomed industry partners, students and friends to campus in celebration of all things coffee with a site dedication, sign unveiling open house and research symposium. The event, held at in the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Sensory Theater, Putah Creek Lodge and the Coffee Center itself, featured remarks from Chancellor Gary S. May, College of Engineering dean Jeffery C. Gibeling, Coffee Center director and chemical engineering professor William Ristenpart and UC Davis alumna and postdoctoral researcher Mackenzie Batali, Ph.D. ’20.

Folgers Coffee Partners with the UC Davis Coffee Center

The UC Davis Coffee Center is proud to announce a recent $500,000 gift from Folgers Coffee. The Folgers Analytical Chemistry Lab will provide the first university infrastructure in the nation to address the unresolved questions around how certain molecules naturally present in coffee affect the final flavor profile of this beloved beverage.

Bridge Coffee Company builds a bridge with the UC Davis Coffee Center

The UC Davis Coffee Center is proud to announce a recent $50,000 gift from Bridge Coffee Company to support the center’s education and research in coffee science. The UC Davis Coffee Center aims to do for coffee what UC Davis has done for beer and wine as the first multidisciplinary university research center focused on coffee science.

Coffee Center hosts fifth annual Sensory Summit

From January 30 – February 1, the UC Davis Coffee Center welcomed the coffee industry to campus for the fifth annual Sensory Summit, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association. The event, held in the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Sensory Theater, brings together coffee professionals and sensory scientists to learn from one another to brew a better cup of coffee.

Starbucks R&D Team Visits UC Davis Coffee Center

Three chemical engineers from Starbucks Coffee research and development visited the UC Davis Coffee Center for a tour led by Professor and Director William Ristenpart on Wednesday, October 16

The team toured the Coffee Center’s three facilities—the sensory lab at the Robert Mondavi Institute, the undergraduate coffee lab in Everson Hall and the Coffee Center building by Putah Creek—to learn about the center, its research and its vision for the future.