A man on the left, wearing a red shirt and sunglasses, holds a rock with a fossil plant; A man on the right, wearing a green button-down shirt and cap, holds a rodent with large eyes on his hand.

Bittersweet Treasures: Tracing the Legacy of Cacao and Coffee

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9/27, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT


Free, registration required


About this event

Join us as we delve into the history, culture and ecology of two of our most cherished commodities, cacao and coffee.

Join Noé U. de la Sancha PhD, Research Associate, and Fabiany Herrera PhD, Assistant Curator of Paleobotany, for a captivating journey into the roots of indulgence: cacao and coffee. During the discussion, we will unravel the paleobotanical origins of these cherished commodities, tracing their captivating evolution through their history, culture, and ecology. But our exploration doesn't stop at the past—we will also navigate the modern landscapes of cacao and coffee cultivation, dissecting their profound impact on the delicate ecosystems they inhabit. 

This session is part of our celebration of Latinx Heritage Month and work done by Latinx staff and collaborators at the Field.