Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world (after oil), and in the past 1500 years, it has spread from its origins in Ethiopia to production areas throughout the tropics, mostly in former colonies of European countries. Coffee is an excellent way to learn about the world, and where the commodities we take for granted come from. It is for this reason that the department offers two classes on coffee - a study tour to Nicaragua and a second-year seminar.
The students shown above are demonstrating that coffee comes FROM some place, in this case Peru. The annual coffee tasting has now become a focus of the Second-Year Seminar the Secret Life of Coffee, which will be held on Tuesday, April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the campus center ball room, along with the Just Trade Fair.
Posters will focus on particular countries or on topics such as coffee preparation and marketing. Decaf will be available. See the event page for more details.