The Biology of Coffee & Chocolate

Richard Bradley
Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Dr. Bradley will introduce the biology and history of cultivation of these famous staples of our culture; two forest-understory plants, one from Africa (coffee) and the other from tropical America (chocolate). He will explain the conservation implications of their production.

This Science Cafe will also consider the following questions:

  • Why are people so obsessed with the varieties of coffee and chocolate?
  • Are these differences really significant?
  • What are the health consequences, good and bad of consumption of these two foods?
  • What evidence is there for physiological and/or psychotropic effects of consumption?

Here are audio recordings of this science cafe:

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