Save this episode to go with your morning coffee. Sip that dark and bitter brew, maybe with cream and/or sugar, maybe not, and listen along as you learn of coffee’s origins, how it came to Europe, displaced alcohol and sobered everyone up, and how it would foster revolutions in finance, science, and philosophy.
Thanks to coffee and the coffeehouses people drank it in, this newly caffeinated world would never be the same. This is the story of the happy (polygamous?) marriage between coffee, colonialism, and capitalism.
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A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage
Food: A Cultural and Culinary History, by Ken Albala – The Great Courses
Michael Pollan, “Capitalism’s Favorite Drink” (review of Coffeeland)