Cultivated Tastes


Cultivated Tastes: A Culinary and Cultural Exploration of Coffee
Social Sciences & Humanities Library, Geisel Library West, main floor
October – December 2012

Cup of Joe, Java Juice, Lifeblood– coffee seems to go by many names whether you reach for it blindly as your caffeine source or savor every sip!

As coffee was introduced to geographic areas across the globe, it often had a profound effect on the culture and economy.  This exhibit explores various aspects of coffee on the world: the role of the coffee houses in expanding political thought, the unfortunate connection between the popularity of coffee and slavery, the cultivation of the coffee plant, and coffee in the culinary world.  Along the way we highlight historical ads for coffee, the various methods of brewing a cup, and explore the ethical side of the coffee industry.

Everyone has their favorite coffee spot on campus! Visit the exhibit in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library, Geisel Library West, main floor (near the reference section)  to let us know your favorite campus coffee spot, why you like it, or your favorite drink!

October is also Fair Trade Month.  Cafe Moto began in 1990 as a division of its parent company Pannikin coffee and Tea, serving San Diego communities since 1968. Remaining family and community focused, second-generation owners Torrey and Kim Lee incorporated Cafe Moto in 1998.  On October 18, 2012 from 1 -2 pm, Torrey Lee, master roaster and owner of Café Moto, will speak about fair trade practices of the coffee industry.  He will share his insights and talk about his experiences working with small farmers like the women in the coffee collective, The Society of Small Producers for Coffee Export (SOPPEXCCA) .  And Café Moto will provide coffee roasted in a variety of methods, for a coffee tasting.

Please RSVP for the event–

Many thanks for the generous support and artifacts from Torrey Lee and Café Moto.

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