High-octane aficionados believe coffee is like an art form, baristas the artists. So it follows that coffee would become the subject of a museum show.
"Coffee: The World in Your Cup" opens Saturday at the Tampa Bay History Center. As befits the center's mission, it isn't a straight-up art show, more a historical and sociological look at the beverage a Gallup poll reports is consumed by 64 percent of the U.S. population every day, which is more than daily soda drinkers, who number 48 percent. It should be both a fun and thoughtful exhibition that explores issues ranging from environmental to cultural impact. And of, course, how it gets from a plant to your mug. Shown in this documentary photograph is a worker inspecting raw beans.
It will continue through Jan. 6 at the center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95 adults; $10.95 seniors, students and youths 13 to 17; $7.95 kids 4 to 12, and free for kids 3 and younger. tampabayhistorycenter.org or (813) 228-0097.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic