DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage.
Next week UC Davis will host a research conference run by the university's recently founded Coffee Center.
The Sacramento Bee reports Friday that the center is currently without a dedicated home. But J. Bruce German, director of the university's Foods for Health Institute, says the conference is first step toward establishing a dedicated coffee research study center - similar to the school's Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
German says UC Davis could eventually offer a major in coffee science.
The March 11 conference will cover topics such as the genetics of coffee, sustainability in coffee growing, and the sensory perception of coffee drinkers.