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Cornell neuroscientist Linda Nowak and competitive barista Chris Ganger of Ithaca Coffee Company presents the biological basis for why coffee affects us the way it does. Also featured is a guided tour through the process of coffee production from bean to brew as well as how to appreciate the many facets of a good brew.

Linda Nowak is an associate professor of pharmacology at the department of molecular medicine of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an avid coffee drinker. Chris Ganger is a 2008 Northeast Regional Barista Competition finalist who presides over the espresso machine at Ithaca Coffee Company.

The event was held on January 25, 2009 in Statler Hall and was part of the annual Light in Winter Festival of Science and the Arts, which some 6,000 people attended. Cornell has been one of its sponsors since the festival began six years ago.