Augustine Sedgewick on the Dark Empire of Coffee

Who Makes Cents? | 2 July 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Augustine Sedgewick about his book Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug. Describes the labour, food and business practices that combined with imperialism to spread coffee around the world, transforming whole societies in the process.


In Our Time | 12 December 2019 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and social impact of coffee. Covers its origins in Ethiopia, spread through the Ottoman Empire, introduction to European coffee houses, spread with colonial trade, and its modern economy.

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

How It Began | 18 December 2017 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Coffee’s arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.