From the humble goat-energizing origins of the coffee bean to the new Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew, coffee has cemented its place in human society. We take our time selecting the roast that will wake us up the next morning, grabbing creamer and sugar on the way out of the grocery store. In the words of T.S. Eliot, we measure our lives with coffee spoons.
But how much do you really know about coffee? How did the 16th century coffeehouses of Britain foster social discussions, a tradition passed on from the distant lands of Istanbul, and how did they transform the political landscapes of the times? What harrowing conditions did slaves face on South American coffee plantations, and what is the state of the supply chain today?