The North Central College Coffee Lab ceremonially roasted its first batch of coffee beans last Friday at a “First Crack” event held in the new, 450-square-foot, on-campus facility. The lab is one of only a few college-operated facilities in the nation dedicated to studying the craft of coffee. North Central’s is the first with a primary focus on the business of coffee—from sourcing, to supply chain, cost accounting, marketing and sales.
“The Coffee Lab is a single initiative that ties together North Central’s core values of student-centered learning and purposeful collaboration,” said North Central College President Troy D. Hammond. “College and coffee go hand-in-hand, and the new Coffee Lab will bring together students and faculty from a wide range of academic programs in business, humanities, science and the arts to explore the impact of coffee. It’s a distinctive program with benefits that will extend to the community around us.”