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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is World Coffee Research?

    World Coffee Research (WCR) is a 501 (c)(5) non-profit, collaborative research and development program of the global coffee industry to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihood of the families who produce it.

  2. Why do we need World Coffee Research?

    The long-term supply and availability of high quality coffee is seriously threatened and there is a lack of research to identify appropriate and innovative ways of increasing cup quality and volumes of quality coffee. In the past, coffee research was primarily focused on crop yields and disease resistance with little consideration for quality. It was conducted by public institutions in coffee-growing countries that have seen their funding gradually erode over the past four decades, or by private companies. World Coffee Research conducts quality-focused research that is shared industry wide for the benefit of all.

  3. What is the role of the coffee industry in WCR's work?

    Coffee industry—roasters, importers, equipment manufacturers large and small—are WCR's primary source of funding. Coffee industry leaders along with research and institutional leaders serve on the WCR Board of Directors and guide our research agenda. This board is responsible for ensuring that research projects are meaningful and applicable for the coffee industry.

  4. How is WCR funded?

    WCR is funded through direct contributions from coffee industry stakeholders. Additional funding also comes from foundations, development organizations, and scientific research granting agencies. Through our Check Off Program, roasters can contribute a half penny per pound ($.005) of green coffee purchased through participating importers. See our "Become a Member" page for more information.