An exhibition titled “Coffee, the Exciting Story about Good Taste” will be opened in Belgrade, at the gallery of the Natural History Museum (5, Mali Kalemegdan), on 9th February, at 5pm. The Museum’s director, Slavko Spasic will give a welcome speech, while the representatives of the embassies of Angola and Brazil will officially open the exhibition.
Coffee, the refreshing beverage without which we cannot imagine our mornings, is more than just a wake-up drink. The invitation to have one is a cultural phenomenon recognized all over the world, in all segments of life, be it business or family. This beverage is a part of the subculture that is present in our everyday lives. Not only that, coffee is the most popular drug in the world because caffeine, an alkaloid found in it, is classified as a legal drug.
The word itself comes from the word Kaffa, which is a province in Ethiopia. According to legend, it was goats which accidentally discovered coffee on the African continent. Coffee was also used as food among the Oromo people in Africa who mixed it up with lard to make energy balls. Today, over 2.5 billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day, or 400 billion cups annually. There are over 140 types of coffee beans with many of them still not properly discovered.
At the exhibition, the visitors will be able to see the seedlings of Coffea Arabica, the samples of coffee from exclusive plantations from all over the world (Ethiopia, Yemen, Cameroon, Guatemala, Burundi, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, Tanzania, etc.), and the most expensive coffee in the world – Blue Mountain – which is grown in Jamaica.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the story about this popular beverage and evolution of coffee shops around the world, as well as a rare collection of coffee-related objects from 19th and 20th century, owned by Radmilo Mulic, a collector from Novi Sad.
The exhibition will be opened until May 2017.
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