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A History of Coffee

James Harper
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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.

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4.9 out of 5 stars from 134 ratings
  • Excellent

    Coffee Histories is a brilliant podcast, using a conversational approach to knowledge on key subjects such as coffee and slavery, coffee Brazil/Vietnam, price wars, world market changes, Cuban Missile Crisis and instant coffee. If you are a coffee fan I recommend it.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Apc2013
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Relevant and entertaining

    Relevant and entertaining. You don’t always get one with the other in the world of podcasts. Well done and easy listening. Enjoyed the 6-part History and am glad to hear there will be more. Thank you! I appreciate the attention you bring to sustainability, ecological and economic. more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Steven. T.
    United Statesa year ago
  • A wonderful way to learn more about something many take for granted

    I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more from James and Jonathan about coffee. Incredibly detailed and very interesting! Thank you both :)

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    71837382947
    United Statesa year ago
  • Leftwing but stick with it for the history

    Once you filter out all the left wing, woke, anti-capitalist nonsense that the producers felt the need to include, there’s a fascinating history behind to be learnt about coffee. The book’s author, on which the podcast is based, is captivating. His cohost, however, is a nauseating Guardianista type.

    Apple Podcasts
    4
    Jon in Japan
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • The history of coffee: social responsibility

    I have enjoyed the second episode. I have learnt more about coffee and where it comes from. The speaker was very good and the anecdotes were very interesting and thought-provoking. The podcast will hopefully have a positive impact on our conscience and coffee consumption.

    Apple Podcasts
    4
    IsaIndia
    United Kingdom2 years ago

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