Coffee, Java, a cup of mud, the elixir of life....it has many names to many people. No matter where you are in the world, it’s something we all enjoy to get us through the day. If there’s one drink that can lay claim to being the worlds favourite, it’s this one.
“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” - T.S. Eliot
Who would have thought a simple fruit found on the slopes of Ethiopian hills by a goat would conquer the globe?
Update: One of our listeners has been in touch to shine a little more light on the difference between arabic and robusta. We rather unfairly skimmed over the topic in the episode, so thanks to Dimbleby for bringing this up:
“Arabica is the ‘better’, more nuanced coffee BECAUSE it grows at a higher altitude. Robusta has evolved to be more acidic so that, at its lower altitude, bugs and birds won’t want to eat the beans/kill its children. The taste and the different altitudes are connected.“
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