The Center for Coffee Research and Education (CCRE) was established by the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University (TAMU) in September 2016. Since then, it has been striving to enhance the growth of the coffee industry through research and capacity building. Focusing on its two main pillars, research and education, the Coffee Center not only sponsors university classes but also sends students, from undergraduate to doctorate, abroad to conduct studies and learn about the roasting process.
The Center for Coffee Research & Education (CCRE) is part of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Texas A&M University (TAMU). Its mission to “improve quality and supply of coffee globally through research and capacity building” is in direct response to a growing need in the industry for education, research, and development. CCRE Director Dr. Leo Lombardini is a plant and environmental stress physiologist and a professor in the TAMU Horticultural Sciences. The Coffee Center team includes world-renowned faculty and graduate students working on research ranging from socioeconomics of coffee farming to chemistry and sensory evaluation. Research covers a wide range of topics, from the pre-harvest to the post-harvest processes. The coffee center is also leading the efforts to create more education and training opportunities for TAMU faculty and student body as well as industry professionals.