Specialty Coffee Market Is Full of (Good) Beans

GEOGRAPHY Coffee growers and shippers from developing nations are saving their businesses by improving the quality of their beans and appealing to the elite “specialty coffee” market. (NPR) Trace the geography of coffee by mimicking our Geography of a Pencil activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas: The NPR story outlines a supply chain that … Continue reading Specialty Coffee Market Is Full of (Good) Beans

Cholo Universe

GEOGRAPHY The cholo subculture of the southwestern United States has gone viral. The cars, fashion, and music associated with urban Mexican-American culture have spread to Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and New Zealand. (New York Times) Use our resources to learn how globalization has made the “Cholo Universe.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas: Are students familiar … Continue reading Cholo Universe

Geography of Buzz: Buzzworthy?

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A presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) held in Las Vegas this March described how geographic analysis can be used to identify the “coolest” places in LA and NYC–depending upon your definition of “cool.”

 “The Geography of Buzz” project, conducted by Elizabeth Currid and Sarah Williams, was brought to my attention after being featured in the New York Times. Their methodology: Currid and Williams mined through thousands of stock photographs from the imaging giant Getty Images, carefully identifying photos that showed masses of ‘cool people’ doing ‘cool things.’ Then, they located where these photos were taken on a map. According to the two women, the objective of the study was “to be able to quantify and understand, visually and spatially, how this creative cultural scene really worked.”

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