Tyler van Helden drinks coffee. He drinks more coffee than almost any one. After attending the University of Minnesota, studying cultural studies and comparative literature, at a time when van Helden said he drank coffee “jut for fuel and pace,” he started to make coffee for others. Then his world changed. He started gaining facts about coffee, opinions about coffee, and started to “really taste coffee,” he said. Now, van Helden could be called a “coffee professional.” He has even made coffee for a king.
van Helden will share his passion for coffee during a March 15 lecture and coffee-tasting extravaganza at UW-Barron County, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). His talk, “Coffee: Before the Cup,” is part of the college’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series. Heather Haller, van Helden’s friend and owner of Rice Lake’s Badger Brew Coffee Loft, will share her coffee-making knowledge during the presentation too. Together, they will take attendees on a world-wide adventure of coffee making, coffee tasting, and how to do it well at home.
The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.