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Chemia Cafea: Journey through the Center of a Bean

HON 498 – Dr. Nicholas Greco

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Scientific and Mathematical Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis, Historical, Social and Cultural Analysis

Course Description:

While coffee is ubiquitous with the morning ritual of a large number of people, the chemistry, history and artistic nature are not. This one little bean has changed the course of cultures and communities, both ancient and present day. It's an ultimate transformation into coffee evokes strong emotions for or against, and for those that gravitate towards it, what they prefer is rarely based in scientific exploration. This honors capstone course provides a pathway into the historical, social, cultural, psychological and artistic part of coffee, all through the overarching eye of chemistry.