Holds Guest Lecture, Faculty of Agriculture Unhas Presents Professor from University of California, Davis (UCD)

The Faculty of Agriculture Unhas held a guest lecture entitled “Coffee, Science, and Engineering.” Taking place starting at 13.30 WITA, the activity was held on the 1st floor of the Faperta Hall and was attended by more than 250 Faperta academics, Monday (12/6/2023).

The activity was opened with remarks by Prof. Dr. Ir. Salengke, M.Sc as the Dean of Faperta. Prof. Salengke expressed his appreciation for the willingness of the guests to attend and share knowledge at Hasanuddin University.

“Today we have 5 experts at once. Because I don’t want to waste an opportunity, I asked the five of them to speak in front of us today,” he said, continuing to introduce the speakers in sequence.

Replacing Deputy Chancellor 4 who was unable to attend, Chairperson of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LP2M) Prof. dr. Muh. Nasrum Massi, Ph.D., Sp.MK officially opened the activity. According to him, today is an opportunity for participants who are present to explore various fields of agriculture both from a cultural and economic perspective. “Various knowledge and experience will give us new perspectives on agriculture, especially coffee management,” he said before officially opening the activity.

The main agenda was opened with a presentation of material by the Director of Research, Technology, and Community Service, Prof. Dr. Ir. M. Faiz Shuaib, M.Agr. He expressed his joy at the visit of Professors from UCD who will provide information directly, especially during coffee research. Considering UCD has coffee center and is one of the largest universities in the agricultural sector in the world, Prof. Faiz hopes that this opportunity can be used to learn from each other and share information.

“We hope that we can carry out several collaborations not only in research but most importantly knowledge in the research, as well as knowledge in education for our students,” he continued.

Subsequent material presentation by Prof. Dr. Jony Oktavian Haryanto as Expert Staff of the Minister of Education and Research and Technology in the Field of Innovation. On this occasion, Prof. Jony discussed the business challenges that can also apply to coffee production. He linked this to various business opportunities that could be developed in Indonesia.

“I see the world’s pendulum now towards ASEAN, especially Indonesia. I myself believe and also say that Indonesia is the,” he said.

The third material was presented by Prof. William Ristenpart started his presentation by briefly introducing the profile of the University of California, Davis. Prof. William explained that UC Davis is a college that is well-known for its food and agriculture sciences, but the main focus that is also interesting from the campus is coffee.

“We don’t have many coffee plantations but we are building UC Davis Coffee Center and since then we have received many contributions from various regions for development coffee center.

He said that the lack of plantations actually made him make the most of coffee beans. “We are very open to inviting students from Indonesia to come and learn about coffee with our students,” he said before ending the material.

Prof. Tonya Kuhl also gave a presentation regarding the development and research of coffee in the world of education. For her, not only agricultural students but all scientific fields can take part in coffee development and research.

“Students majoring in chemistry can also be involved in coffee production because I myself am a graduate of chemical engineering but am very interested in coffee,” she explained.

Irwin Donis-Gonzalez, Ph.D as the last speaker discussed coffee quality. According to him, the quality of coffee can be seen depending on how well the burning process is. The more even the color of the coffee, the better the quality.

“In coffee bean production, coffee can be separated based on its size, then it will be classified again from the best quality to the lowest quality,” said Irwin.

After the presentation of the material, the activity continued with a discussion and question and answer session between the participants present and the resource persons. The agenda was then closed with a visit by the speakers to the Teaching Industry to visit the coffee bean processing and production facilities of the Faculty of Agriculture Unhas.