Monthly Archives: May 2011

Night Lab: The Science of Coffee

Coffee is a pleasure and (for many of us) a morning necessity, but do you know the science behind your morning brew? Join us for Night Lab, Chicago’s science series for     adults, where we’ll learn the science of coffee from Sarah Kluth of Chicago’s own Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea as she traces the life of coffee from the tree to your cup. We’ll learn the chemistry behind the perfect cup, giving you the science you need to master the ultimate brew at home. If you’ve ever wondered about the chemistry behind the complex flavor of coffee, the physics behind a strong or weak cup, or the biology behind coffee’s amazing effects and flavors, come by for a drink and stay for a delicious science lesson.

Schubas (3159 N. Southport)
June 12, 2011
7-9 PM
Red Line to Belmont

About Intelligenstia:

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Intelligentsia Coffee’s mission is to provide customers, staff, and community with an unparalleled and complete coffee and tea experience in an environment steeped in understanding, knowledge, skill, service and mutual respect. Intelligentsia believes in coffee quality and has made a commitment to our customers to offer only truly dazzling Specialty Coffees that speak for themselves in the cup. To get such coffees they work closely with actual producers, not just importers or exporters, so that they can build great coffees from the very start. In the broadest terms, these coffees should be understood as a true collaboration, with both sides investing a great deal of time, energy and ideas to produce something great.

Intelligentsia offers classes for the general public at their Chicago Roasting works, and has retail locations in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Night Lab is honored to partner with Intelligentsia to offer this program.

Molecular Geneticist and Cell Biologist Stephanie Levi, Ph.D. has a passion for making science enjoyable and accessible for the general public, and created Night Lab to bring fun, educational science programming to adults in Chicago in November 2008. Night Lab is designed to give non-scientists a short and sweet taste of science in their everyday lives.  As a scientist, Stephanie is passionate about Chicago, and Night Lab programs feature the people and organizations that make Chicago a rockstar city for science. Whether you are just curious about science or a professional scientist, Night Lab is for you.

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The Science of Extinction

The Levi(y) Ladies

Thanks to all who came out for last Sunday’s Night Lab about the Science of Extinction!  As always, the crowd was cool and we heard some interesting ideas, and questions.  Our thanks to the Bookcellar for joining us to sell copies of Once and Future Giants.
Join us next month for another Night Lab about the science of coffee.  We’ll trace the life of coffee from the tree to your cup with Intelligentsia’s Sarah Kluth, who travels the world as a coffee buyer, and is a officially the company’s Mix Master (yes, that’s what she actually does).  I will chime in on some chemistry, and there might even be a few surprises thrown in for the science fans in the house!  The next Night Lab will be at Schubas on June 12, 2011, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM.  See you then!

Cute, science-loving crowd

Sharon outlines interesting rewilding ideas.

A very thoughtful anthropologist chimed in about data-driven approaches to conservation.

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