Master Degree in Coffee Economics and Science

Trieste, January 11, 2013. This morning the third academic year of the University Inter Athenaeum Master Degree of 2nd level in Coffee Economics and Science has been opened by an inaugural ceremony. The Master is promoted and organized by a group of leading  partners in the education field: the University of Trieste, the University of Udine, the University of Cambridge – Judge Business School, the Ernesto Illy Foundation, the University of Coffee (illycaffè), the International Superior School of Advanced Studies of Trieste (Sissa), the Association of Molecular Biomedicine (CBM) and theDistrict of coffee (Trieste Coffee Cluster). The project is supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Udine e Pordenone (CRUP) and by Fondazione CRTrieste as well.

The main purpose of this Master is to offer an in-depth preparation to all graduates who are interested in working in the world of coffee and, in general, in the agro-alimentary field. The teaching program develops into three major areas: economical-administrative, biological-agronomic, and technological. From coffee cultivation to logistics, from industrial production process to catering and retail: each step of the coffee production cycle is explained in deep and from the point of view of an ethical and sustainable approach, while the pursuit of quality is the unifying element. 

The Master Degree in Coffee Economics and Science - head up by Roberto Morelli, illycaffè manager and director of the Ernesto Illy Foundation - is unique of its kind in the world: it has a strong international approach and it confirms Trieste as the global hub of coffee. The academic staff comes from excellence centers, both in Italy and abroad, such as the University of Cambridge, the University of São Paulo, the University of Udine, the University of Trieste, the MIB School of Management, and the University of Coffee. The 18 students of this academic year – graduates in Economics, Engineering, Sciences, Agriculture and similar fields – come from 13 countries: Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, India, Italy, Peru, Tanzania, and United States.

The 400 hours of  lessons will be at illycaffè headquarters, beginning  with Monday, January 14 till June 14. The study program will end at the half of September with a thesis dissertation.

Some are available this year as well: nine scholarships will be paid by the Ernesto Illy Foundation to as many worthy students coming from coffee producing countries; one scholarship by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Udine e Pordenone (CRUP) to a student coming from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region; and one scholarship by Fondazione CRTrieste to a Triestine student.


Practical information about the Master Degree in Coffee Economics and Science:

  • Academic Year 2012/2013: from January  14 to June 14, 2013
  • 400 hours of lessons (200 hours with university professors; 200 hours with illycaffè teachers)
  • Number of university formative credits:  60
  • Location: illycaffè, Trieste
  • Language: English