California’s Golden Brew
An interdisciplinary project where agricultural, ecological, cultural, and historical narratives collide into the state’s next gold rush: Sustainable Coffee
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Discover the many varietals that are cultivated in California and the ongoing research to better understand what makes coffee the next gold rush.
From market assessments, to arthropod research, to sustainability evaluations, students are at the forefront of innovation and social change
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
Undergraduate-level course that teaches the fundamental of soil science and soil-plant relationship
We like to learn from experts from the coffee world.