Coffee is one of the most popular drinks around the world. The drink can trace its roots back to 9th-century Ethiopia, where the first cup was served and where some of the best coffee still originates today. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with Queen Mother’s Market, is hosting a conversation on everyone’s favorite pick-me-up in honor of International Coffee Day this Saturday, October 1.
Abdi Cheik, owner of Drip Coffee Lounge and one of the few Black roasters in the country, will share his story from Ethiopia to Cincinnati and the importance of getting more people of color – who comprise a majority of the coffee farmers and producers in the equatorial coffee belt around the world – into the coffee industry at fair wages. Snack on traditional Ethiopian food and sip on Ethiopian-grown coffee as you enjoy the journey from bean to brew in a celebration of history and culture.
From Bean to Brew: How Coffee Spills from Ethiopia is part of the Freedom Center’s Freedom Foods Initiative, supported by the Kroger Foundation.