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Coffee Legend (02:35)


Coffee shops are a popular destination in modern culture. Dean Cycon shares the story of Kaldi.

Origins of Coffee (03:42)

Experts believe Ethiopians discovered coffee around 800AD. Mark Pendergrast explains how coffee became a drink. There are 124 coffee species, two of which we drink. Lara Jewitt discusses growing and harvesting coffee beans.

Agriculture and Expansion (05:00)

Coffee grows in a belt between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. By the 15th century, coffee reaches Yemen and coffee houses become places where people express discontent.

Coffee Culture (02:41)

Ottoman merchants introduce coffee to Venice. The Dutch cultivate coffee on Java, but France becomes the leading grower by the 18th century. Coffee houses spread throughout Europe.

London Coffee Houses (06:49)

Dr. Matthew Green takes Judith Jones on a 17th and 18th century coffee house tour and discusses their importance to British society.

Global Coffee Consumption (02:22)

By the early 17th century, coffee houses proliferate in Europe and the Middle East. The Dutch introduce coffee to North America where tea is the drink of choice. Cycon and Jones summarize the next episode.

Credits: Ancient Bean Global Journey (00:27)

Credits: Ancient Bean Global Journey

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Brought to Europe by the Venetians, coffee houses sprung up in major continental cities throughout the17th century, around the same time coffee made its way across the Atlantic to America. In 1615, Venice received Europe's first shipment of green coffee beans and the Dutch were the first Europeans to cultivate coffee trees on the island of Java. In 1720, French Naval officer Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu traveled to Martinique with a coffee tree seedling and by 1777 there were almost 19 million coffee trees growing in Martinique. Coffee houses in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany, and Holland worked on new and interesting ways to serve the drink. The popularity of coffee spread through Europe to such an extent that, during the 17th and 18th centuries, there were more than 300 coffee houses in London. Dr. Matthew Green, who has been critically acclaimed for his Coffee House tours, gives Judith an insight into some of the famous coffee houses that once dominated the heart of London.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL204670

ISBN: 978-1-64867-890-5

Copyright date: ©2016

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