California’s Golden Brew

An interdisciplinary project where agricultural, ecological, cultural, and historical narratives collide into the state’s next gold rush: Sustainable Coffee

Pilot research sites

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Ecological Research

Discover the many varietals that are cultivated in California and the ongoing research to better understand what makes coffee the next gold rush.

Engaging students

From market assessments, to arthropod research, to sustainability evaluations, students are at the forefront of innovation and social change

Tiffany Tang placing arthropods traps near coffee trees in Southern California

Environmental Justice

The future of sustainable coffee relies on achieving justice – social, racial, environmental justice.

“climate change will only exacerbate the pre-existing disparities between the Global South and Global North. Climate-induced changes in yields and prices will disproportionately affect the growers – all of whom live in developing or post-colonial countries – rather than the main consumers, most of whom are from countries in North America and Europe. While consumers may have to endure price hikes and a change in taste, the growers have their entire livelihoods threatened.”

Clara Steyer

Achieving change through education

Coffee Supply Chain

Undergraduate-level course taught at Whittier College by industry experts

Soil Science

Undergraduate-level course that teaches the fundamental of soil science and soil-plant relationship



Our Highlights

Speaker Series

We like to learn from experts from the coffee world.