A History of Coffee

By James Harper

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Episodes: 16


A History of Coffee is the story of how a tiny psychoactive seed changed the world and shapes our lives today.

Across six episodes, documentary maker James Harper and professional historian Jonathan Morris narrate how humans race coffee across oceans to keep up with demand for this addictive drink.

Coffee creates enormous fortunes for some, and misery for others. Sometimes the environment benefits, but more often it is plundered.

If we want to make coffee a more equitable industry that’s also kinder to the environment, a place to start is understanding the stories and systems that put the coffee into your cup this morning.

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Read full transcripts at www.historyofcoffee.org.

Episode Date
4) Just Friends? America's love affair with coffee
Apr 17, 2023
3) Espresso Lungo: The slow road to Italy's democratic espresso culture
Apr 17, 2023
2) A Lasting Stain: Haiti, Colonialism and Coffee
Apr 17, 2023
1) It's Just Coffee? How coffee houses changed the world
Apr 17, 2023
Introducing: Series Two of A History of Coffee
Apr 03, 2023
BONUS: Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb
May 31, 2022
BONUS: A History of Tea
Feb 15, 2022
BONUS: Decolonising Coffee History
Jun 22, 2021
BONUS: Stimulating stories or fantastic flavours: what sells coffee?
May 25, 2021
6) The Future of Coffee?
May 13, 2021
5) Desperately Seeking Sustainability
Apr 23, 2021
4) A Dark Bitter Powder
Mar 11, 2021
3) Coffee Catches Fire
Mar 02, 2021
2) Slavery, Suffering and Affordable Luxury
Feb 17, 2021
1) A Five Gun Salute to the Origins of Coffee
Feb 17, 2021
Introducing: A History of Coffee
Feb 15, 2021