Saturday, March 21, 2009

coffee: the world in your cup

Seattle's Burke Museum has had an exhibit running for a couple of months now called Coffee: The World in Your Cup. It was recently extended through September 7, which means that despite my procrastinatory nature I may manage to see it. What I'd really like to do is attend on a weekend for one of the tastings. The Batdorf & Bronson demonstration on May 9 would be interesting:
Green coffee buyer Scott Merle will demonstrate the characteristics of new crop coffees from Central America. Learn how to discern ultimate freshness in this comparative coffee tasting with Olympia specialty coffee roasters Batdorf & Bronson.
If we do Ethiopia as a grubtrotting country the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony on April 5 or June 7 would be an appropriate augmentation:
Ethiopia's coffee ceremony is an integral part of Ethiopian social and cultural life. But don’t be in a hurry! Ethiopian homage to coffee is sometimes ornate, and always ceremonial. The coffee ceremony takes us back to a time when value was given to conversation and human relations. Sit back and enjoy because it is most definitely not instant.

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