October 1: International Coffee Day

Dr. Thomas Bultman, Professor of Biology, Hope College

It’s the second-leading commodity traded in the world after oil, with a worldwide consumption of 2.2 billion cups per day. And, the United States is its leading consumer at 400 million cups daily. Yet, few people are aware of the scientific, political, historical and cultural implications swirling inside their cup of morning joe.

But Dr. Tom Bultman, professor of biology, does.

Bultman teaches The Science and Culture of Coffee, just one of two courses of its kind taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. as far as he can tell (the other is offered at UC-Davis). The interdisciplinary class has been filled to the brim each semester Bultman has offered it.

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