Focused on the business of coffee
North Central's Coffee Lab is one of a few collegiate facilities of its kind in the United States. However, it is the first laboratory with a primary focus on the business of coffee!
"Our focus is on the business of coffee, which is unique from other coffee labs. Our goal is to engage students across a multitude of disciplines: Marketing, management, accounting, entrepreneurship, engineering, anthropology and sociology, to name a few." -Jim McDermet M '92, North Central College Trustee and Board Chair and former senior vice president, global and Americas operations, Starbucks Corporation
A rich history with deep roots in Highland Guatemala
It started with an idea. In 2005, North Central student organization Students in Free Enterprise (now called Enactus) first began importing and packaging coffee beans from Guatemala for local sales. Soon after, six students and two professors, Matt Krystal and Jerry Thalmann, traveled to Guatemala to personally connect with the coffee growers. They learned about the direct impact they have on the growers’ lives.
More than just the science of coffee
While the project originated through work by students in North Central’s chapter of Enactus, an organization promoting social justice through entrepreneurship, the Coffee Lab connects with students from numerous disciplines, which makes North Central’s Coffee Lab the most far-reaching of its kind.
The equipment behind the craft
North Central College is committed to creating a modernized campus that fits the needs of college students in a fast-moving world. The North Central College Coffee Lab incorporates the latest in high-end roasting technology and is ideally designed for both production and educational opportunities.