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Experts reveal the science behind every step of coffee production, from farm to cup. Discover genetic sequencing to optimize coffee plants, chemical engineering to brew the perfect cup, and the pursuit of sustainable practices throughout the process.


Sequencing the Coffee Genome
Dr. Juan Medrano, Professor Emeritus of the University of California Davis and CTO and co-founder of Frinj Coffee, speaks about the Coffee Genome Project at UC Davis. This effort to sequence the arabica coffee genome will support the future sustainability of coffee.


Chemical Engineering Of Coffee
Dr. William Ristenpart, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Davis, leads the UC Davis Coffee Center. He explains the engineering involved in brewing a delicious cup of coffee, which is also taught in his undergraduate college course, The Design of Coffee.


Bird-Friendly Coffee
Dr. Ruth Bennett, Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution, explains how coffee farming practices have a direct impact on migratory birds. With the Smithsonian Bird-Friendly coffee certification, everyday consumers of coffee can make choices that have a positive impact on the birds in their own backyards.

QED with Dr. B

QED with Dr. B, is a fun and informative science series, co-produced by WOSU Public Media and the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), that talks one-on-one with the scientists, engineers and innovators who are redefining how we interact with our world.

Watch the series online or on WOSU TV on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.