Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Coffee: Where Science Meets Sips’ on Sept. 27


Coffee is one of the most sought-after commodities in the world—and a global industry worth more than $495 billion. The beverage has been around for centuries, and some scholars credit coffee for fueling the ideas of the Enlightenment.  

Today, coffee is versatile. It can be found in coffee shops, offices, homes and stores. Research shows that 75 percent of Americans drink coffee every day, enjoying the wide range of its flavors, bean varieties and brewing methods.  

What is the science of coffee and its health benefits? How does coffee affect individuals and communities? And how is this research changing the coffee industry?  

Join Aaron Conley, director of external affairs, partnerships and communications at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences, to delve into these questions during the next Basic Sciences Lab-to-Table Conversation, “Coffee: Where Science Meets Sips.” 

The virtual event will be at 11 a.m. CT on Sept. 27 and will feature the following panelists: 

  • Edward Fischer, co-founder of the Coffee Equity Lab, director of the Institute of Coffee Studies and the Cultural Contexts of Wellbeing Initiative, professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt
  • Peter Martin, founder of the Institute of Coffee Studies, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, professor of pharmacology at Vanderbilt
  • Bartholomew Jones, founder of cxffeeblack in Memphis and an industry leader in diversifying coffee 

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.