Monday, February 05, 2007

Coffee Today and in the 27th Century

The Austin Public Library will host the authors of The Birth of Coffee, Wednesday, February 21 at 7 pm at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe. Daniel and Linda Rice Lorenzetti will present an evening of photographs and narrative from their travels to the coffee-producing countries of Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Brazil.

According to an online National Geographic article "coffee as we know it kicked off in Arabia, where roasted beans were first brewed around A.D. 1000."

In Charles Stross' new science fiction novel, Glasshouse, which takes place in the 27th century, humans are still drinking coffee.

A dark-skinned human with four arms walks toward me across the floor of the club, clad only in a belt strung with human skulls ...She pulls out the chair and sits, flipping her great mass of dark hair over her shoulder and tucking her skulls under the table with two hands as she glances at the menu. "Hmm, I think I will have an iced double mocha pickup, easy on the coca."

1 comment:

legadillo said...

Here's the link to the reservation page: http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=3721