Episode 81: The History of Coffee w/ Mark Pendergrast

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Americans love coffee. According to recent statistics, more than 60% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every day, and the market research firm Mintel predicts that coffee shops will take in more than $23 billion dollars in 2017. Our love for coffee ties us to people and countries around the world, and to those who lived long before us. In this episode of The Road to Now, we speak with Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds and Beyond Fair Trade to find out coffee’s origins, its effects on global trade, and how a small cherry that originated on the other side of the planet became part of our daily life.

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We’re also excited to welcome our newest sponsor, La Cosecha Coffee Roasters. La Cosecha is dedicated to connecting people together by offering fresh-roasted coffee grown in a sustainable manner where the farmer is given a fair price. You can visit their coffee bar in Maplewood, Missouri, or order online and have their coffee shipped directly to your home. We’re happy to have such a great business supporting The Road to Now, so we hope you’ll show them some love!

Mark Pendergrast's books have been published in 15 languages. He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and CNN, and has been interviewed on over 100 radio programs, including All Things Considered, Marketplace, and many other public radio shows. Aside from his books on coffee, his book For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It (Basic Books) was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and is currently in its 3rd edition.

 This episode is produced with support from our sponsor,  Ramseur Records. 

This episode is produced with support from our sponsor, Ramseur Records.