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UC Davis Coffee Center

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Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
7 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM PST
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UC Davis Coffee Center

A Message from the Directors

We believe that a cup of coffee can spark conversations and partnerships that make a meaningful difference on a global scale.

At the UC Davis Coffee Center, we are building a comprehensive program that will serve as an international hub not only for cutting- edge scientific research and education focused on coffee but also as a repository of knowledge where anyone can learn about all aspects of coffee, from green bean storage to experimental preparation methods. 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. 

UC Davis has transformed the wine and beer industries and achieved extraordinary progress in advancing the sustainability of commodity crops—and philanthropic partnerships have been critical every step of the way, from the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science to the Innovation Institute for Food and Health. Now, we have the vision to do for coffee what UC Davis has already done for wine and beer. 

We are pleased to present you with signature opportunities to catalyze a robust spectrum of vital pre-and post-harvest coffee research and educate a community of coffee researchers who will shape the future of coffee science and its affiliated industries. 

Leveraging our university’s global reputation for excellence in applied and basic research, the UC Davis Coffee Center will increase value from cherry to cup and educate the next generation of coffee scientists and industry leaders. 

Thank you for considering a philanthropic gift to the Coffee Center. We look forward to continuing our conversations about how, together, we can shape the future of the coffee industry. 

William D. Ristenpart 


UC Davis Coffee Center 

Professor of Chemical Engineering 

Jean-Xavier Guinard 


UC Davis Coffee Center 

Professor of Sensory Science 

Tonya Kuhl 


UC Davis Coffee Center 

Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Thank you Email

This gift will assist with the purchasing of fruits, herbs, and spices to serve as sensory references for student training on sensory analysis of coffee.


Social Media Shoutout

This gift will support the purchasing of test tubes, coffee filters, and various laboratory supplies for the Coffee Center


Certificate of appreciation

This gift enables the Coffee Center to purchase coffee cups and other essential glassware necessary for consumer research projects.


Handwritten Letter

A gift at this level will support student travel funds to conduct field studies at roasteries and coffee farms in California. We will give you the handwritten letter by Dr. Bill Ristenpart, the Coffee Center co-director.


Personalized Phone Call

A gift at this level enables the Coffee Center to purchase necessary equipment and maintain a state-of-the-art facility. You will get a phone call from Bill Ristenpart to thank you personally for you gift.


Name Recognition on Website

This gift allows the Coffee Center to hire undergraduate research assistants to provide them with hands on research experience in preparation for graduate school or employment in the coffee industry.


Private Tour

A gift at this level will support graduate student stipends which will enable them to participate in groundbreaking coffee research.



A gift at this level will support the renovation of the Coffee Center lobby. The membership includes a ticket to the annual Coffee Center research symposium.

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