California's Coffee Revolution - UC Davis Leads the Way in Coffee Research

California's Coffee Revolution - UC Davis Leads the Way in Coffee Research

California is emerging as a coffee-growing region in the United States, with UC Davis playing a pivotal role in coffee research and education. While the U.S. imports most of its coffee from countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Vietnam, California's unique climate has made it suitable for coffee cultivation. UC Davis has established the nation's first academic Coffee Center, a 7,000-square-foot facility dedicated to studying various aspects of coffee, from agriculture to chemistry. This initiative is part of the university's broader programs focused on winemaking and brewing.

Graduate student Laudia Anokye-Bempah is among those taking advantage of the Coffee Center's resources to research how to control the acidity and flavor profile of coffee beans. Other U.S. universities like Texas A&M and Vanderbilt have also explored coffee studies, but UC Davis stands out for its comprehensive approach. Edward Fischer, a professor at Vanderbilt, emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary study in understanding coffee's complexity. The Coffee Center aims to break down academic silos and offer a holistic view of coffee's role in various fields.

Camilla Yuan, a UC Davis alum and director at Camellia Coffee Roasters, praises the Coffee Center for providing valuable resources to those interested in specialty coffee. The center is seen as a pioneering effort in the U.S., making significant contributions to both the academic and practical understanding of coffee.


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