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    UC Davis Pre-College Program: Chemical Engineering with Coffee


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Engineering, Chemistry
    • Selective: No
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (530) 757-8777
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    This hands-on program is intended to serve as an introduction to how chemical engineers approach and solve problems, as elucidated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee. The instructors will provide qualitative overviews of the basic principles of engineering analysis and design, and then guide you in corresponding laboratory experiments testing the effect of design choices on the sensory qualities of coffee.

    Lab activities include:

    • Reverse engineer a drip coffee brewer
    • Develop process flow diagrams and mass balances for coffee
    • Test pH of coffee and analyze chemical reactions
    • Measure energy used to make coffee
    • Quantify mass transfer and flux during brewingExamine pressure driven flow and the effect of filtration
    • Learn process design, scale-up and optimization