Centro Zamorano de Café

A unique research and education center advancing a culture of quality and excellence in each stage of coffee production and entrepreneurship – from planting the seed to the artfully served cup of premium coffee.

A unique research and education center advancing a culture of quality and excellence in each stage of coffee production and entrepreneurship – from planting the seed to the artfully served cup of premium coffee.

A Global Challenge

In Latin America, over 12 million farmers grow more than 50% of the world’s coffee. The vast majority are small or medium-scale farmers who provide essential income and jobs to their communities. However, like coffee producers everywhere, they are challenged by lack of access to technology and training required to maximize their productivity, product quality and profitability. They are at the mercy of low commodity prices and lack access to high-value specialty markets. As a result, farms – and farming communities – are at risk.


The Zamorano Coffee Center

In response, Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University is establishing the Zamorano Center for Coffee Research and Education, Central America’s first comprehensive program for coffee education, research and entrepreneurship. Its mission: research to provide solutions to environmental challenges in coffee production and to develop new processing methods that improve quality; and education to deliver those solutions to coffee professionals, with a focus on poor smallholder farmers and coffee entrepreneurs. Its vision: to promote safe and sustainable coffee production practices, innovative food technologies, and increased market knowledge that expand economic opportunity and enhance the lives and communities of coffee industry professionals across Latin America and in coffee-growing regions worldwide.

In the Zamorano tradition, the Center will deliver expert instruction and “learning-by-doing” modules that address the entire coffee value chain. Faculty and students will collaborate with Zamorano’s regional and global partners in coffee research and education to drive innovation and impact.


This unique cross-cutting curriculum, combined with ambitious outreach programming, will drive the following outcomes:

  • Sustainably produced, increased yield
  • A new generation of small farmers in a profitable coffee business
  • Empowerment of women in coffee production
  • Improved quality of coffee and marketing
  • Increased profits along whole value chain
  • Industry growth
  • Stable rural communities

Importantly, while Latin America is the initial focus of the center, programs will be available on-site and via e-learning to industry professionals in Africa and Asia.


A Global Challenge

In Latin America, over 12 million farmers grow more than 50% of the world’s coffee. The vast majority are small or medium-scale farmers who provide essential income and jobs to their communities. However, like coffee producers everywhere, they are challenged by lack of access to technology and training required to maximize their productivity, product quality and profitability. They are at the mercy of low commodity prices and lack access to high-value specialty markets. As a result, farms – and farming communities – are at risk.


The Zamorano Coffee Center

In response, Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University is establishing the Zamorano Center for Coffee Research and Education, Central America’s first comprehensive program for coffee education, research and entrepreneurship. Its mission: research to provide solutions to environmental challenges in coffee production and to develop new processing methods that improve quality; and education to deliver those solutions to coffee professionals, with a focus on poor smallholder farmers and coffee entrepreneurs. Its vision: to promote safe and sustainable coffee production practices, innovative food technologies, and increased market knowledge that expand economic opportunity and enhance the lives and communities of coffee industry professionals across Latin America and in coffee-growing regions worldwide.

In the Zamorano tradition, the Center will deliver expert instruction and “learning-by-doing” modules that address the entire coffee value chain. Faculty and students will collaborate with Zamorano’s regional and global partners in coffee research and education to drive innovation and impact.


This unique cross-cutting curriculum, combined with ambitious outreach programming, will drive the following outcomes:

  • Sustainably produced, increased yield
  • A new generation of small farmers in a profitable coffee business
  • Empowerment of women in coffee production
  • Improved quality of coffee and marketing
  • Increased profits along whole value chain
  • Industry growth
  • Stable rural communities

Importantly, while Latin America is the initial focus of the center, programs will be available on-site and via e-learning to industry professionals in Africa and Asia.


The Path Forward

Work is underway to build an innovation and outreach center that will increase capacity for research and education. In this cutting-edge facility, a central pilot plant will enable scientific investigation of conventional, anaerobic and other fermentation processes. The plant will be equipped with the latest technologies for cold dehydration drying, rotary dryers, static and solar dryers, refrigeration and humidity-controlled chambers. Green technology for power, water, and production processes will demonstrate innovative sustainable practices.

Importantly, the Center staff will be a vibrant hub for the coffee industry. Demonstrations and short courses at Zamorano and with regional collaborators will provide a forum for knowledge transfer and networking. The Center will host regional competitions, field days and conferences. A master’s degree program to train coffee industry professionals is scheduled for launch in 2021.

Platform for partnership

The most powerful outcomes are achieved through powerful partnerships. We invite you join Zamorano in establishing a center for excellence and innovation that will propel progress in the coffee industry and drive economic development for generations to come.

To explore naming opportunities, partnership or collaboration, please contact: Catherine Maxwell (cmaxwell@zamorano.edu)

Advisory Board – Zamorano Center for Coffee Research and Education
Trustees:
Ricardo Koyner, Café Kotowa Panama
Juan Medrano, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Erik Peterson, Hacienda Esmeralda Panama
José Y. Kawashima, Mi Cafeto, Japan

Collaboration Opportunities

Donors of financial support and equipment will be recognized on the Center's website and in the Zamorano annual report in the following categories:



Premier Partner

$100,000+

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