Thursday, April 23, 2009

Come One, Come All!

Photo caption: Professor James Hayes-Bohanan and his wife Pam live with their daughter Paloma in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where they begin each morning by hand-grinding a batch of fair-trade, organic coffee.

Walt Owens, Director of the Wheeler Memorial Library, encourages everyone to attend the Coffee Tasting/Book Discussion Monday, April 27th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange. The event will include a variety of Dean's Beans coffee along with refreshments. Dean Cycon's award winning book, " Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee", will be the topic of the discussion part of the program. Dean Cycon, owns Dean's Beans, an all-organic, all-fair-trade, all-kosher coffee roaster right here in Orange, Massachusetts.

The book discussion will be facilitated by Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, who has taught environmental geography and the geography of Latin America at Bridgewater State College since 1997. He teaches a seminar on coffee (for which Dean Cycon's Javatrekker is required reading) and has led three study tours in the coffeelands of Nicaragua. His main interest in coffee has to do with sustainable farming practices and the fair treatment of the coffee farmers. He speaks frequently on Latin American music, the coffee trade, and international education. He is a consumer member of the Specialty Coffee Association and an affiliated scholar at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies.

The program is free and open to the general public. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries.

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