Spilling the Beans on Coffee

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The organic coffee connoisseur on your holiday gift list should appreciate two DVDs now available for purchase.


In Black Coffee, a three-disc boxed set, filmmaker Irene Angelico explores the dark side of the coffee trade: the social and economic impact of the world’s favorite bean throughout history. You’ll learn why buying fair-trade coffee is critical.

On the same trail is documentarian Su Friedrich, whose From the Ground Up explains how the coffee in your cup is produced—from growing and picking beans to processing, distributing and brewing them. Friedrich takes us on an international tour of the countries we depend upon to fuel our caffeine habit—and the global workforce that often pays a price when meeting consumer demand.

Suggested Reading

Mug Shots
Green Coffee-Growing Practices Buffer Impact of Climate Change
Buying a Cup of Coffee? B.Y.O.M.
Know Your World Coffees
The Perfect Organic Espresso
Fundamentally Great Coffee
Tasting Terminology
The Next Coffee Revolution
A Better Cup of Coffee?

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