A History of Coffee is a fascinating short podcast series that explores the way the drink’s discovery, spread around the world and the ways that slavery, colonialism and capitalism shaped the supply chain and global culture of drinking coffee. Jonathan Morris and James Harper do a great job of blending an enthusiasm for coffee with a clear-eyed look at the tragedies tied up in how it has gotten to us.
A History of Coffee is the story of how a tiny psychoactive seed changed the world and shapes our lives today.A History of Coffee
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.