UC Davis unveils coffee lab

Making coffee might seem simple, but a UC Davis professor said there's a lot of chemical processes going on when it's made from scratch.

Most of us drink coffee every morning. Where would we be without it? Now, UC Davis engineers are honing their skills to make that morning cup of java much better.

Friday, engineering students cut the ribbon today as part of the opening ceremony for the new Chemical Engineering Coffee Lab. The purpose is to introduce students to coffee. 

Professor Tonya Kuhl said while brewing coffee may seem like a simple process, but there are a lot of chemical reactions that take place. Students learn about those processes and are challenged to make their own cup of joe.

The class began as a seminar course more than two years ago. Now, it's offered to 1,500 students as the fall-quarter class, "The Design of Coffee."


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