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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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Follow Jonathan Morris @coffeehistoryjm and James Harper @filterstoriespodcast.

Read full transcripts at www.historyofcoffee.org.

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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.

Press the Subscribe button so you don’t miss future episodes!

Follow Jonathan Morris @coffeehistoryjm and James Harper @filterstoriespodcast.

Read full transcripts at www.historyofcoffee.org.

    6) The Future of Coffee?

    6) The Future of Coffee?

    Do you grind your beans fresh before brewing your coffee? If so, you are helping overturn a race-to–the-bottom with deep roots in colonial extraction that today is leaving millions of coffee farmers impoverished.

    Or, at least, that’s what many specialty coffee companies would like you to believe. The truth is a lot less rosy.

    In this final episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore where the specialty coffee movement came from, whether it will succeed in arresting coffee’s race-to-the-bottom, and look into the future to understand what might be the future of coffee.

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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    Music featured in this episode:
    La Traviata, Brindisi (Verdi) by MIT Symphony Orchestra: https://bit.ly/3eGUsIf
    Infant Holy, Infant Lowly by Ann Alee: https://bit.ly/2SKlaY6

    5) Desperately Seeking Sustainability

    5) Desperately Seeking Sustainability

    When was the last time you bought a coffee that was Fairtrade certified?

    Certifications make it easy for consumers to put their ethics into practice. But, hidden beneath the glossy sticker is a maze of complications and paradoxical outcomes.

    In this fifth episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore where coffee certifications came from, how they tried to stop coffee’s devastating race to the bottom and assess whether they succeeded.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
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    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    4) A Dark Bitter Powder

    4) A Dark Bitter Powder

    How do you drink your instant coffee? If you’re like most of the world, you fill your mug with milk and sugar to sweeten the taste.

    By adding milk and sugar to your instant, you helped bring new growers - and consumers - into coffee, but arguably contributed to a crisis that left hundreds of thousands of people malnourished.

    In this fourth episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore how the popularity of instant coffee dramatically alters the balance of power amongst coffee growing countries. Coffee as a global commodity takes on a life of its own, sweeping millions of farmers into a race to the bottom.

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    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
    & James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk)

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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    Coffee and brewing equipment featured in this episode

    1930 and 2020 “World Blend” roasted by Smiths Coffee (UK): http://bit.ly/3rtR2g1
    Comandante hand grinder: http://bit.ly/3qmTSCN
    Sage electric grinder: http://bit.ly/2Zf3NyC

    3) Coffee Catches Fire

    3) Coffee Catches Fire

    A hundred years ago one Brazilian man owned so many coffee trees he could fill every inch of a European country with them.

    But why does Brazil grow so much? And who is drinking these lakes of caffeine?

    In this third episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore how industrialisation dramatically and permanently strips away Brazil’s forests, and why coffee becomes a part of the American dream.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Stay tuned for the upcoming Instagram live session where we unpack how the British produced coffee in Sri Lanka, and why so many Indians die.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    Coffee and brewing equipment featured in this episode:

    Marcelo Carvalho Ferraz, Boa Vista, Dom Viçoso. Roasted by Supremo (Germany): http://bit.ly/37UW79u
    Comandante hand grinder: http://bit.ly/3qmTSCN
    Sage electric grinder: http://bit.ly/2Zf3NyC

    2) Slavery, Suffering and Affordable Luxury

    2) Slavery, Suffering and Affordable Luxury

    Why do we get upset when we’re charged €36 for an ordinary cappuccino?

    The answer flies us to the Caribbean where white Europeans make black Africans suffer.

    In this second episode of A History of Coffee, we uncover how colonialism squeezes the price of coffee, and how that changes European culture forever.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Stay tuned for the upcoming Instagram live session where we unpack how the British produced coffee in Sri Lanka, and why so many Indians die.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
    & James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk)

    Help other people find the show by leaving a review on...
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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    1) A Five Gun Salute to the Origins of Coffee

    1) A Five Gun Salute to the Origins of Coffee

    Here’s a surprising fact: coffee was only invented around the time Michelangelo was chiselling his statue of David.

    Why did it take so long for humans to invent the cup of coffee?

    In this first episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James unpack how humans figured out that delicious flavours were contained in the roasted seeds of a coffee tree’s cherries.

    The answer has nothing to do with dancing goats...but, in some ways, it has everything to do with a shepherd in the forests of Ethiopia.

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    Watch James and Jonathan bust coffee myths at the Barista League's High Density conference, for free: http://bit.ly/3pxtlSa

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou) to see Ethiopian coffee ceremonies and historical interpretations of Kaldi.

    Explore James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk) to marvel at ancient coffee growing techniques in the mountains of Yemen.

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    Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/3jY42aJ
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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast: https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e

    Coffee and brewing equipment featured in this episode:

    Ethiopia - Dimtu Tera Farm, Guji, Odo Shakiso. Roasted by 19 Grams (Berlin): https://bit.ly/3jQxRKv
    Yemen - Hasan Al-Salool, Jewain village, West Haraz. Roasted by Darkwoods (UK): http://bit.ly/3db7yxf
    Comandante hand grinder: http://bit.ly/3qmTSCN
    Sage electric grinder: http://bit.ly/2Zf3NyC

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