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The history of coffee is rich and complex, both globally and in St. Louis. . In Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup at the Missouri History Museum, visitors will follow coffee’s journey from the plantation to their cup both in St. Louis and around the world.
Part traveling exhibition and part exhibition created by the Missouri History Museum, Coffee presents a unique experience for museum visitors. Roughly one third of the overall exhibit space consists of Coffee: The World in Your Cup, a traveling exhibition organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. The St. Louis in Your Cup portion of the exhibition, which encompasses the majority of the exhibit space, was researched and prepared by the Missouri History Museum staff, drawing from the organization’s own collection. Together, these two stories make up the 6,000 square foot exhibition that is Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup.
Coffee, one of the world’s most widely traded commodities, affects cultures, economies and environments around the world. Visitors to Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup will learn global stories about how coffee is grown and harvested. An engaging mix of artifacts, images, videos and maps illuminate the fascinating stories behind the coffee we drink. Furthermore, visitors will discover the little-known story of St. Louis’ 200-year love affair with coffee, and the city’s past as the nation’s leading coffee producer.
Many people do not realized St. Louis’ significance as a coffee producer. From the 18th century, when French settlers introduced coffee to the region, to today, when coffee shops and roasters fill the landscape, St. Louis has always been a city in love with coffee. The city’s location, unique population, and dedication to commerce formed the ideal atmosphere for the growth of the coffee trade. By 1920, the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce boasted that St. Louis was THE coffee capital of the United States.
Coffee: The World in Your Cup has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle. Major sponsorship has been provided by The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Starbucks Coffee Company, and the University of Washington.
Coffee: St. Louis in Your Cup is organized by the Missouri History Museum.
Support for this exhibition in St. Louis provided by
The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee.