My wig is powdered, shoe buckles shined and best waistcoat and velveteen breeches packed for the first Congress of the World Coffee Research, which is being held this week at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, a part of Texas A&M University.

World Coffee Research is, as one might infer, a global initiative founded to head research relating to many of the largest problems facing the specialty coffee industry, namely those involving supply of high quality coffee: rising differentials, world consumption numbers outpacing production, land and labor pressures, climate change, and even lesser known threats, such as a limited genetic base, etc.

We should have everything solved by lunchtime on Friday.