Coffee as More Than Diversion
James Harper invented and hosts Filter Stories, a documentary podcast themed by coffee. While I don’t agree with every conclusion he draws from the historical evidence, James’ series, A History of Coffee, is really terrific. These six podcasts are excellently produced. The serene music, paced meter, and cheery and cordial dialogue between James and Jonathan, is like sitting in a coffeehouse and overhearing a very informed discussion. The production is so clever.
Jonathan Morris, his dialogue partner, is professor of modern European history at the University of Hertfordshire (faculty bio) and Vice President for Research Policy at the Royal Historical Society. He writes on academic subjects related to Italian history, but he has also written, Coffee: A Global History, and consulted on The Craft and Science of Coffee. Jonathan is wildly knowledgeable about the history of coffee.
Thus far, five of six episodes have been produced. I am not entirely sure where James and Jonathan are heading; the first four have been especially stimulating. You can listen to all of the podcasts here, or …