Monday, October 22, 2012

The Ybor City Coffee Experience - A Walking Tour

Historian Gary Mormino to lead a culinary-themed walking tour of Ybor City.

Patrons at the Tropicana Café on Ybor City’s 7th Avenue talk politics while dunking their Cuban bread into steaming cups of café con leche. Around the corner, Arnold Martinez sits in his casita on 19th Street, using a secret blend of Cuban coffee and beer to paint scenes of the neighborhood where he grew up. And each day around 9 a.m., the aroma of roasting coffee beans seeps into every corner of Ybor City.

The Tampa Bay History Center invites you to take a sip of Tampa’s Latin roots with noted historian Gary Mormino, as he leads The Ybor City Coffee Experience, a walking tour highlighting Ybor City’s coffee and café culture On Saturday, Nov. 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

 The tour begins at the History Center with a self-guided tour of their latest exhibit Coffee: The World in Your Cup, before Mormino and crew board the streetcar to take in the sights and smells of the Cigar City. The tour includes stops at the Italian Club and the Arnold Martinez Gallery.

 The Ybor City Coffee Experience walking tour is part of Coffee: The World in Your Cup, on exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center now through Jan. 6.

 Cost is $40 and includes admission to the History Center and streetcar fare. Space on the walking tour is limited, and participants must pre-register. For more information, visit or call (813) 228-0097.


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