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  • Coffee Break: Community, Conservation, Culture

    When: Sunday, July 5, 2020, 12–12:45 p.m. ET
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Foodways
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    From cultivation to consumption, we explore coffee with the UAE and Earth Optimism programs. At this coffee klatch, we learn about Bird Friendly Coffee, a Smithsonian initiative that links coffee growing with conservation science, and we dig into the contemporary culture of this traditional drink in the United Arab Emirates.

    Our guests are Oswaldo Acevedo and Angela Maria Ortiz from Cafe Mesa de Los Santos in Colombia, and Safiya Al Maskari from Lest We Forget and Amna Khalid Al Mehairi from the UAE.


    This event is part of the Folklife Festival program United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape | Living Memory, which is supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. It is also part of the Smithsonian Earth Optimism initiative, highlighting success stories in conservation and sustainability.

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