Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and social impact of coffee. From its origins in Ethiopia, coffea arabica spread through the Ottoman Empire before reaching Western Europe where, in the 17th century, coffee houses were becoming established.
There, caffeinated customers stayed awake for longer and were more animated, and this helped to spread ideas and influence culture. Coffee became a colonial product, grown by slaves or indentured labour, with coffea robusta replacing arabica where disease had struck, and was traded extensively by the Dutch and French empires; by the 19th century, Brazil had developed into a major coffee producer, meeting demand in the USA that had grown on the waggon trails.
Professor of 18th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor of 18th Century Studies at Queen Mary University of London
Professor in Modern History at the University of Hertfordshire
A SELECTION of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, Hong Kong is not the only part of China’s periphery to resent the heavy hand of the Communist party. [9:20] What happens when McKinsey, the high priesthood of management consultancy, is itself disrupted? [16:51] And, if disaster strikes, the Swiss want to be caffeinated. Runtime: 20 min
We looked at green beans, roasted beans and extracted (brewed) coffee samples and through advanced analytical procedures studied the volatile and non-volatile compounds present. By evaluating the individual compounds in coffee we were able to map the most significant ones contributing to the characteristic aroma and flavor of coffee.
While researching coffee, the Atomo team came to understand there was an even bigger problem underlying their campaign for a better cup of coffee. The environmental toll from coffee farming due to rising temperatures caused by climate change was destroying the rain forest. Since the Kickstarter, Atomo has invested in technology and formulation, and has partnered with world-class food technologists and coffee scientists to build a consistently great cup of coffee that’s ALSO better for the environment.
The DuoPot’s premium glass body, pure and clear, is a new kind of visual sensation, while the clean chiseled stainless steel inside exudes sophistication and chic. Together, they emanate a quiet beauty that incites love at first sight. But the flippable filter design is really what all the raving is about, with its ability to brew coffee or tea with a simple twist of the wrist! No more hassles with switching your drinking apparatus. No more headaches with finding yet more storage space! Delight your life with ingenuous design and lose yourself in the joy of making that perfect cup.
THAT! Inventions, the kitchenware company that consistently amazes, recently introduced yet another pleasant surprise: a glass pot that brews coffee… and tea! With an elegant, clever design that beguiles and delights, it brings a brand new level of convenience and fun to anyone who love both coffee and tea.