Advanced Education in the Science of Coffee

Higher Education in the Science of Coffee

There are not many universities with programs dedicated to the science of coffee. Here are a few in the US and abroad along with a few words about each program from that university’s website.

UC Davis

The University of California at Davis has an established program in coffee studies and is developing a master’s program in Coffee Science.  Their website notes:

“There is an ever growing need for coffee research, and we at UC Davis are honored to be at the forefront of cutting edge coffee science and education. The UC Davis Coffee Center is the first multidisciplinary university research center to address the challenges and needs of the coffee industry through a holistic approach to coffee science and education. The center will leverage our university’s global reputation for excellence, aligning expertise across campus, in both applied and basic research.”

UC Davis is also developing an advanced degree in coffee studies:

“There are many people truly passionate about the science of coffee but unfortunately, there is currently nowhere in the United States that offers an advanced degree specifically in coffee. A long-term goal for the UC Davis Coffee Center is to create and offer a first-of-its-kind graduate program: a master’s degree in Coffee Science.”

For more information visit Graduate | UC Davis Coffee Center

Vanderbilt University

“The Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies (ICS) is dedicated to research on the human dimensions of coffee production, trade, and consumption. The ICS promotes applied scholarship that can better people’s lives, from potential bio-medical therapeutic uses to economic development programs. Our work ranges across a number of fields, from medicine and pharmacology to history and economic development to art and literature. We work with academics, students, farmers, and industry collaborators.”

For more information, visit Vanderbilt University Institute for Coffee Studies | Vanderbilt University

Università del Caffè

“The international university master’s degree dedicated to the coffee world was established by a group of renowned leaders in the field of education: the University of Trieste, the University of Udine, the International Superior School of Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA), the Association of Molecular Biomedicine (CBM Area Science Park, Trieste), illycaffè and Università del Caffè, and the Ernesto Illy Foundation…. aimed at graduates in both the scientific-technological area and humanistic-social area from all over the world, the master’s degree is held from January to December through a blended model (via online as well as a residential period in Trieste at illycaffè headquarters). It is composed of 400 hours of lessons divided into 9 didactic modules. It is worth 60 university credits and the whole course is held in English”

For more information, visit  Master’s degree in Coffee Economics and Science – Ernesto Illy

University of Florence

“The University of Florence is offering a master’s degree in coffee, where it says students can get an education on every aspect of the coffee-making process, from cultivating coffee plants and the intricacies of the coffee supply chain to preparing a fresh cup… 

“The 9-month-long course begins in January with an inaugural class of 24 students. Though the first class will be taught in Italian, subsequent years of classes may be offered in English.

“Students will learn in-person in Italy, which has been hailed as the coffee capital of the world and the birthplace of espresso and espresso-based drinks like macchiatos and cappuccinos.”

For more information, read the original article at Business Insider

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