Coffee beansEver wonder exactly what goes into your morning coffee (aside from milk and sugar, of course)? A series of lectures this spring at the University of Washington attempts to answer just that question.

The UW is serving up its public-speaker series Coffee: From the Grounds Up as a complement to the cultural exhibit Coffee: The World in Your Cup at the university’s Burke Museum. So far, the series has covered topics like the history of coffee and the issue of fair trade, but the final three events on offer — occurring over the next three Tuesdays — will focus on sustainability.

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On May 12, ecologist Stacy Philpott (no relation) will discuss biodiversity; the following week, reps from Sustainable Harvest, Grounds for Change, Caffé Vita, and Stumptown Roasters will discuss sustainability in the Pacific Northwest; and on May 26, Ben Packard and Peter Torrebiarte of Starbucks will talk about the hometown multinational’s commitment to social responsibility.

If sipping samples is more your style, the Burke is also hosting weekend tastings through June 7. Or you can always brew your own at home.

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