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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies pres.

LACS Event. A History of Coffee in Three Cups

Casey Lurtz, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

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Do you know where you coffee came from? If you're at Zingerman's Coffee Company, probably yes. More and more, roasters and coffee shops emphasize how and where they source their beans. But how did coffee get to those places - Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ethiopia - in the first place? And what happened when it got there?

Join us for a conversation with Casey Lurtz, author of the recent book From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico. We'll talk about how coffee spread outward from Eastern Africa and how its introduction reshaped local societies and economies. Looking at the multiplicity of ways in which coffee has been grown, we'll think beyond roasting and brewing to understand how the histories of where coffee is cultivated flavor our morning cup.

This talk will be paired with sample tastings of three distinctive coffees brewed at Zingerman's Coffee Company.

*Please note this event takes place at Zingerman's Coffee Company at 3723 Plaza Dr. #5, Ann Arbor (near Costco). This is not the same as the Zingerman's Next Door Cafe or Deli in Kerrytown.

Cosponsors: African Studies Center and Zingerman's Coffee Company
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