Monday, October 30, 2017

4th Celebration of Coffee

The Coffee Maven never misses the Celebration of Coffee!
I had the great pleasure to be part of the 4th Annual Celebration of Coffee in Worcester, this time in its new venue at the Worcester Public Library. I took the opportunity to let people know about my summer course, Coffee Week, which I will be offering for the third time in 2018. I initially intended to use the extended class time (five, 8-hour days) to show some coffee-related films, with one day to travel to some special roasters and cafes in our area. I quickly realized that the opposite ratio is best. This class meets mainly in a van! In one corner of the poster, I included my "prequel" and "sequel" courses: Geography of Coffee in Nicaragua and New Bedford Fortnight.

As part of the Celebration, Quinsigamond students from Addis Ababa shared the famous coffee-serving rituals of Ethiopia (to the extent possible in a public place with smoke detectors: the did pre-roast the coffee and limited their use of incense). The experience makes me even more interested in including Ethiopia in my 2019 sabbatical travels. Meanwhile, they gave me the gift of a genuine Ethiopian coffee cup. Best of all, at least one of these students is planning to take a BSU coffee course or two. I love to have people with coffee expertise in these classes.

The event included a lot of other excellent participants. One woman shared Eritrean coffee traditions (similar to those of next-door Ethiopia) and let me know that Eritrean coffee is available both roasted and green in Boston-area markets. Community educators from Worcester State University shared coffee from Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Our friends at CafĂ© Reyes, Acoustic Java, and Equal Exchange -- all part of my Coffee Week course -- were all represented as well.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A portal to all of my online endeavors

Because my blogs and sites are varied and have complicated URLs, I created as a simple way to find me online. Feel free to explore each of the following

Geography of Coffee Web Site -- with about 20 major sections
My BSU Faculty Web Site (about 500 pages, including CLIMATE)
Not-the-13th-Grade Page -- College Advice
Environmental Geography -- My Main Blog
Cooking at home with Nueva Receta Blog
Ben Linder Cafe -- proposed (not yet approved) cafe at Bridgewater State University
(Like it on Facebook to stay apprised of efforts to get it approved)
Coffee-shop reviews by my students and me on the GeoCafes blog

BSU Geography Department Web Page
BSU Geography Department Blog
Project EarthView Web Page
Project EarthView Blog
SOCIAL MEDIA Thousands of photos grouped by place or theme on my Flickr Page
See my professional network on LinkedIn
I treat my Facebook page as a microblog
I have started to review books on Goodreads
My TED Talk on coffee and campus cafes
... and the 2-minute version of why coffee matters:

"For me, coffee is a way to connect our students to the wider world." -James Hayes-Bohanan, geography professor #HumansofBSU
Posted by Bridgewater State University on Friday, November 13, 2015
I am fortunate to teach a variety of courses on a regular basis. Find course descriptions by number in the BSU Catalog. Some titles are linked to web pages with information either about the course or about related resources.

Details of scheduling appear on Infobear ahead of each semester or session. Some of these are honors-only. Honors students can arrange for honors contracts in any of my courses.

GEOG 130: Environmental Geography -- online, every summer
GEOG 171: Developing World -- online, every semester
GEOG 199: Climate Justice -- honors First-year Semina
GEOG 286:Tea & Climate Change -- 1-credit honors colloquium every fall
GEOG 287:Tea & Climate Change -- 1-credit honors colloquium every spring
GEOG 295: Geography of Coffee -- Travel course in Nicaragua, every January
GEOG 295: Geography of Coffee and Climate Change -- Travel course in Peru, Summer 2017
GEOG 298: Secret Life of Coffee -- Second-year Seminar, speaking intensive, every spring semester
GEOG 331: Environmental Problems -- alternate fall semesters
GEOG 332: Land Protection -- alternate fall semesters
GEOG 381: Latin America - every fall semester and some summers
GEOG 400: (Special Topics) Coffee Week -- every summer
GEOG 400: (Special Topics) New Bedford Fortnight -- summer 2017
GEOG 431: Environmental Regulations -- alternate spring semesters
GEOG 440: Geography Frameworks (for teaching, but soon to be broadened) -- spring semesters
GEOG 490: Seminar in Geography (capstone for majors) -- every semester

Many hands to separate the coffee during the final round of the harvest.