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Black Coffee: Part One, The Irresistible Bean

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Part One, The Irresistible Bean, carries us back to coffee's origins in Ethiopia and its triumphant spread over five continents, sparking revolution, controversy, creativity, business and slavery all along the way.  We see the first coffee house traditions which begin on dirt floors and evolve into more refined Arabic home versions. Venetian latté develops a cachet that is the model for Western coffee-marketing -- 450 years later. The French cast off the monarchy, Americans toss their tea into Boston harbor, Haitian plantation slaves rebel, all under the heady aroma of the bean.

2005, 57 min 45 s

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