Darwin's Coffee House

28 Sep - 29 Sep - London, UK

The Microbiology Society, Royal Society of Biology, Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society, Society for Experimental Biology and Society for Applied Microbiology celebrated International Coffee Day 2017 at Charles Darwin House, exploring the science behind our favourite pick me up.



All six societies within Charles Darwin House joined together to celebrate International Coffee Day 2017 over Thursday 28 September and Friday 29 September.

Discussion Night: Science and the Future of Coffee

Thursday 28 September

Attendees were invited to take part in the timely discussion of the future of coffee. This event showcased current areas of coffee research and demonstrate how science can help guide the future development and sustainability of the industry.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Jeremy Haggar (University of Greenwich, UK) – How green is my coffee: Are sustainability standards a good guide to environmental benefits from coffee farms?
  • Dr Charlotte Mills (Kings College London, UK) – The impact of coffee on the health of our hearts
  • Dr Claudio Avignone-Rossa (University of Surrey, UK) – Never underestimate the power of coffee: Squeezing energy from coffee waste

After the talks was a Q&A session with the speakers and invited guests. A coffee-themed drinks reception followed.

Tickets cost £3 and could be purchased through Eventbrite.

Coffee Morning at Charles Darwin House

Friday 29 September

Behind every cup of coffee is a world of science. Join scientists and coffee experts for a fun, free and interactive coffee morning at Darwin's Coffee House. Take some time to drop by and learn everything you ever wanted to know about coffee, and its journey from crop to cup.

This event will feature local researchers, cafes and businesses, and it coincides with Macmillan Cancer Support's national coffee morning, so come along and show your support!

Highlights include:

  • Free cup of coffee for every visitor
  • A sneak preview of how coffee waste could be the biofuel of the future
  • Explore the bugs, plants and animals that put coffee on the menu
  • A 'super-tasting' session exploring how genetics and coffee production affect our taste, featuring Hopper Coffee
  • Entrepreneurs Article Number 25 and Bio-Bean showcase their fascinating products

Our coffee morning is free to attend – you can simply turn up on the day, or register your interest through Eventbrite.

Keep updated on all events using #DarwinsCoffee.



This event took place at Charles Darwin House, London, UK.

Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street


By rail

The nearest rail stations are:

  • Farringdon (0.8 miles)
  • Kings Cross (1.1 miles)
  • Euston (1.3 miles)
By tube

The nearest underground stations are:

  • Chancery Lane (0.4 miles, Central line)
  • Russell Square (0.5 miles, Piccadilly line)
  • Holborn (0.6 miles, Central and Piccadilly line)
  • Farringdon (0.8 miles, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)
  • Kings Cross (1.1 miles, Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)
  • Euston (1.3 miles, Northern and Victoria line)
By bus

The following bus routes serve Theobalds Road:

  • 19 (Finsbury Park Interchange – Battersea Bridge/Hester Road)
  • 38 (Clapton Pond – Victoria bus station)
  • 55 (Lea Bridge Road/Bakers Arms – Oxford Circus)
  • 243 (Redvers Road – Waterloo Station/Mepham Street)

The following bus routes serve Grays Inn Road:

  • 17 (Archway Station/Junction Road – London Bridge Station)
  • 45 (St Pancras International Station – Atkins Road/New Park Road)
  • 46 (Lancaster Gate Station  – Stonecutter Street)
By car

You are advised to use public transport where possible, as there is a limited amount of on-street metered parking space available on Roger Street and North Mews. The nearest car park facilities are London Saffron Hill, EC1N 8XA and 12 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JB.