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A stimulating exhibit
coffee beansYou may have asked your barista for a half-caf soy latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup, but according to a new exhibit at the Burke Museum, you’ve really got the whole world in your cup. Opening this weekend, Coffee: The World in Your Cup examines the environmental and social implications of the coffee industry through a variety of media including photographs, live plants, videos, in-gallery tastings, and a wall-to-wall display of coffee bags from local roasters. On Saturday, sip coffee from local roasters while hearing from caffeine-bean experts. Return Sunday for formal coffee cuppings that will teach you how to appreciate the variety of flavors and aromas in each mug.

Plan it: The Burke Museum is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day. See schedule for details.
Map it: The Burke Museum, 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St., Seattle, Wash.
Not in Seattle? Not a problem: Though it’s at the Burke until June 7, this is a traveling exhibit that could be hitting a cultural museum near you. Until then, read up on which fair-trade, organic, shade-grown Central American coffee got highest praise from Grist Food Editor Tom Philpott.

Read on for more Seattle news …

Snow-go: Anxious to hit the powder but not sure how to convince your Metro driver to take you all the way to Snoqualmie (and back)? Zipcar has you covered: They’ve put ski racks on five all-wheel-drive autos in the Seattle fleet. Take one out all day for just $69 (or $17.50 split four ways), with gas and insurance included to (ski) boot.
Not in Seattle? Not a problem: Zipcars are located near cities and college campuses across the country — many within slope-driving-distance.

Angus management: Angry about human effects on the planet, Colin Angus decided to circumnavigate 27,000 miles across said planet using only his "own muscles." Hear about his adventures (and see said muscles) Thursday night at a free Mountaineers event.
Not in Seattle? Not a problem: Read up on Angus’ travels in his new book, Beyond the Horizon.

Baby got Mossback: Seattle culturist and media personality Knute "Mossback" Berger has just published a collection of his musings, Pugetopolis. He shares his thoughts on "growth addicts, weather wimps, and the myth of Seattle nice" tonight at the University Book Store.
Not in Seattle? Not a problem: You can still read all about it via Berger’s new book, or his weekly column on Crosscut.com.

It’s all good: Meet the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are building a sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest via the film Good Food, screening Thursday at North Seattle Community College’s Baxter Event Center.
Not in Seattle? Not a problem: Check the schedule for a Good Food screening near you.


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