Coffee Excellence Center

Porträtfoto Chahan Yeretzian
"Coffee is a world in itself and a reflection of our world"

Prof. Dr. MBA Chahan Yeretzian

Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics

Head of Coffee Excellence Center 

Head Analytical Technologies   

Publications and CV

The Coffee Excellence Center is the leading Public Research Institution on coffee along the coffee value chain: from crop to cup.

The Coffee Excellence Center was founded in 2008 by Prof. Dr. Chahan Yeretzian and has ever since expanded its scope and expertise to become the leading public science, technology and innovation center on coffee. 

We believe that high-quality coffee can only be obtained with a profound and holistic understanding of the coffee value chain. Therefore, we are dedicated to state of the art research on coffee along the whole value chain. 

We aim to disseminate our coffee expertise via publications and in post-graduate education programs.

Research Focus

The Coffee Excellence Center is organized along five pillars, each lead by a renowned coffee expert.

  • Origin and Green Coffee. Life cycle of Arabica, cultivation practices and post-processing methods of green coffee, analytical chemistry of non-volatile compounds and antioxidants in coffee: Dr. Sebastian Opitz
  • Transformation of Coffee. Roasting, grinding, degassing, packaging, freshness: Dr. Samo Smrke
  • Extraction and Sensory. Extraction of coffee, analysis of coffee aroma, sensory analysis of coffee (Q Grader for Arabica), water treatment and characterization: Dr. Marco Wellinger
  • Aroma. Coffee aroma and degradation, maillard chemistry: Dr. Anja Rahn
  • Sustainable Development. Sustainability aspects in the coffee value chain, smallholder farmers livelihoods, value adding in origin countries: Sabine Stauffacher

Industry Partners

We believe that the most demanding form of research is that which is put into practice. Through close, project-based collaboration with our industrial partners, we focus our skills, resources and infrastructure on the current needs of our partners and explore fundamental issues that can help us anticipate future requirements.

 

 

Downloads and Links

Links

Continuing Education

CAS The Science and Art of Coffee

E-Learning CAS Coffee Excellence

Team

Prof. Dr. Chahan Yeretzian

Prof. Dr. Chahan Yeretzian

Head of Centre, Coffee Excellence Center; Head, ...
Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical ...
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 55 26
chahan.yeretzian@zhaw.ch

Dr. Sebastian Opitz

Dr. Sebastian Opitz

Research Associate in Analytical Chemistry at the ...
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 54 62
sebastian.opitz@zhaw.ch

Dr. Marco Wellinger

Dr. Marco Wellinger

Study of coffee aromas (PTR-ToF-MS and GC-MS), ...
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 29
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 54 20
marco.wellinger@zhaw.ch

Dr. Samo Smrke

Dr. Samo Smrke


ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management

+41 (0) 58 934 54 47
samo.smrke@zhaw.ch

Dr. Anja Rahn


ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management

+41 (0) 58 934 53 26
anja.rahn@zhaw.ch

Sabine Stauffacher

Sabine Stauffacher

Research Associate Coffee Excellence Center
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 29
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 53 35
sabine.stauffacher@zhaw.ch