A new exhibit brewing at Tampa Bay History Center uncovers the true story behind one of the world’s most widely-traded commodities.
Coffee: The World in Your Cup opens Oct. 6 and serves up an overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide. Learn about coffee’s early controversial reputation as a “revolutionary drink” and consider the culture that surrounds coffee in the twenty-first century.
“Coffee culture is big in Tampa, thanks in large part to the influence of Cuban, Spanish and Italian cigar workers in the early 20th century,” said Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, Rodney Kite-Powell. “It’s a legacy that continues today in coffee shops around the city,” he said.
- Interpretive displays of traditional Turkish and Ethiopian coffee sets, picking baskets, and more than 40 coffee sacks from around the world
- Color photographs of farms from South America to Africa to the Pacific Islands that tell the global story of coffee cultivation and trade
- Short videos featuring different aspects of the coffee industry
On exhibit at the History Center Oct. 6 – Jan. 6, 2013, Coffee: The World in Your Cup has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle and is sponsored locally by Melitta Coffee.
For more information, visit www.tampabayhistorycenter.org or call (813) 228-0097.
Oct. 11, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Premium Blend: Evening coffee tasting and members event
Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Fun Day at Veg Fest
Wednesdays, Oct. 17-31 Cafe con Comida: Food and Coffee in Tampa Bay and Beyond
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ybor City Coffee Experience, a walking tour of Ybor City
Dec. 27 & 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids, Cocoa and Coffee