‘The Natural History of Coffee’ to be explored at Midwest Museum of Natural History March 15

Coffee arabica. (Photo by Jeff McMillian)

Staff Report

SYCAMORE, Ill. — Eugene Powers, owner of DeKalb’s South Street Coffee, will present “The Natural History of Coffee” from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore, Ill.

Teaching comes naturally to me,” said Powers, who began roasting coffee beans for fun at home, and decided to turn it into a business. That business is now South Street Coffee, a DeKalb provider of dry roast coffee beans.

Powers started teaching history in graduate school, and now taps into his lecturing talents to teach Sycamore and DeKalb area residents about his livelihood and passion: coffee.

Powers’ multimedia presentation will document the growth of the coffee plant, how it is harvested, and the development of the drink we know as coffee today — and, of course, samples of the delectable drink will be available.

The lecture is $4 per person or free for museum members. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History can be reached at (815) 895-9777 or online at www.mmnh.org.

From the March 14-20, 2012, issue

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