uc davis coffee center building

Coffee Center Building

The new home of the UC Davis Coffee Center is located in the UC Davis Arboretum, within walking distance of the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science. This 6,000-square-foot building was built in 2006 and contains several high-bay laboratories. It will soon be renovated to form the world’s first academic research and teaching facility entirely dedicated to the study of coffee. This facility will bring together visitors, students and researchers from across the university and around the world in a dynamic environment where cutting-edge coffee science will be explored and translated into practice.

The renovated building is designed to foster coffee science research and more advanced teaching at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels.  It will house the following spaces:

  • Peet’s Coffee Pilot Roastery
  • La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory
  • Nicaraguan Coffees Green Bean Storage Laboratory
  • Folgers Chemical Analytical Lab
  • Sensory and Cupping Laboratory, including:
    • Doug and Dana Welsh Sensory Booth
    • Mike and Jody Coffey Sensory Booth
    • Mohamed and Shabnum Moledina Sensory Booth
    • Mike and Renee Child Sensory Booth
    • An additional sensory booth, available to be named
  • Toddy Innovation Hub
  • Wasson Classroom
  • Josuma Room
  • Bridge Coffee Bridge
  • Behmor Office Space
  • The Wilbur Curtis Company Patio
  • Pam Fair Alcove
  • Cropster Corridor

Here is the schematic floor plan and some renderings of what the completed center will look like:

uc davis coffee center exterior
The exterior of the center will be revamped to include a patio and serve as a welcoming environment for visitors and researchers alike.

uc davis coffee center welcome
The Coffee Center lobby and espresso bar will welcome visitors while highlighting those whose support and make the center possible.

uc davis coffee center wilbur curtis patio
The Wilbur Curtis Company Patio will serve as a meeting space for events and visitors at the Coffee Center.

uc davis coffee center interior
The sensory and cupping laboratory will be used for tasting panels.
Coffee Center floor plan mockup - updated September 2021
Coffee Center floor plan - updated September 2021