The UCI Libraries announces the opening of an exciting new exhibit called From Bean to Brew: Coffee and Culture, on Wednesday, November 12th at 5:30 PM in Langson Library. Steven Topik, UCI Professor of History, and Martin Diedrich, Founder and Master Roaster of Kéan Coffee, are our opening night event speakers.
From Bean to Brew highlights the adoption of coffee as a widely consumed beverage and spans areas covering coffee production, the marketing of coffee, and the modern economics of coffee. The exhibit also showcases coffee culture in Orange County.
The exhibit shares some of the truths and legends surrounding the discovery of the coffee plant, how it was first ingested by humans, and its relationship with medicine and religion. It will go on to discuss the spread of coffee and its cultivation in Arabia, Europe, the Dutch colonies in Java, the French colonies in the West Indies, and onward to South America and Asia. The exhibit also explores coffeehouse culture in Orange County with local past and current coffeehouses like Diedrich’s and Kéan Coffee, and examines barista culture and the influence of the fair trade coffee movement. Finally, the exhibit brings to light the journey of the coffee berry from cultivation to your cup.
Opening night speakers Steven Topik, UCI Professor of History, and Martin Diedrich, Founder and Master Roaster of Kéan Coffee, will lead a fascinating conversation on coffee history and culture. Professor Steven Topik specializes in world history through the study of commodities, especially coffee. Martin Diedrich founded Diedrich Coffee in Costa Mesa in 1983 and Kéan Coffee with his wife, Karen, in 2005. He is considered one of the pioneers of the coffeehouse phenomenon and is an internationally recognized coffee expert.
The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.
From Bean to Brew: Coffee and Culture will be on display through April 2015 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery during regular library hours.
Opening night event | checklist (pdf) | Brochure (pdf) | Event photos |
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