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Briggs Library brews up coffee tasting series

SOUTH POINT — They don’t look much like the cherries that go into a pie, but that’s what coffee growers call the beans that grind up to make everyone’s favorite morning drink.

And learning about the history of growing and making coffee along with taste testing a variety of flavors is on tap during programs throughout August at the Briggs-Lawrence Library.

“I didn’t realize that sometimes the coffee trees are grown in the sun and sometimes in the shade,” Christine Hunt, adult services librarian, said. “And every coffee cherry contains two beans.”

This series follows the popular tea-tasting programs Hunt has conducted for the past two years at the branches.

“During the tea tasting, I asked if anybody liked coffee and about half the group raised their hands,” she said. “That’s when I got the idea. And August is national coffee month.”

Hunt will explain how the coffee trees are grown and how the beans are processed. She will also offer samples of four flavors of coffee from different country.

“It’s the same kind of bean, but it tastes different,” she said.

Pre-registration is required. Those who don’t may be bumped to another session depending on the number participating.

The program will be presented at South Point Friday; Ironton on Monday, Aug. 23; Chesapeake on Tuesday, Aug. 24; and Proctorville on Thursday, Aug. 26. All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last for an hour and a half.