Coffee: The World in Your Cup

May 19 – Aug 7, 2011
What does it take to make the perfect cup?

Coffee cherries being loaded onto a truck (Herbazu, Costa Rica), photograph by D. Major Cohen.

Woman holding cherries (Tanzania), photograph by Mark Stell, courtesy of Portland Roasting.

Coffee: The World in Your Cup presents the story of one of the world’s most widely traded commodities and how it has affected cultures, economies, and environments across the globe. 

Coffee explores the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry and recommends ways for consumers to make socially and environmentally responsible coffee purchases at the grocery store or in a coffee shop. Learn about the impacts of caffeine, the world’s most commonly-used drug, on your body, discover coffee’s early controversial reputation as a “revolutionary drink,” and consider the culture that surrounds coffee in the twenty-first century. Photos, maps, text, selected artifacts, and audiovisual presentations help visitors explore the fascinating world behind the coffee we drink. 

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Coffee is a new touring exhibit, organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, and generously supported locally by Jim & Zibby Tozer, Hal Compton, the George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation, Java Cow and Linda McReynolds.