Modern Marvels


Season 12, Ep 51, Aired 9/14/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Traces the origins of this tasty drink from Ethiopia over 1,000 years ago to the espresso-fueled explosion of specialty coffee stores like Starbucks today. Along the way, we'll see how American companies like Hills Brothers, Maxwell House, Folgers and MJB grew to be giants. Discover how billions of coffee beans make their journey from coffee farms and plantations, and are processed in gigantic roasting and packaging plants before showing up in coffee cups all over the world. Details the invention and production of instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee and freeze-dried coffee, and the espresso machine. Also, we explain how coffee made shift work in factories possible, while coffeehouses provided a creative cauldron that brewed political and artistic progress in the 18th and 19th centuries. And, we also provide tips on how to make a better cup at home!moreless

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Next to water it’s the world’s most popular drink. Centuries ago it fueled the industrial revolution and today commuters keep their cupholders locked and loaded with lattes. Coffee is a comfort to millions and a necessity to many more. Coffeehouses have brewed creativity and inspiration since the first café opened in Constantinople. As America experiences an new coffeehouse explosion, roasting machines process millions of pounds a week to keep up with the cult of the bean. Now, Coffee, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Chris Gimbl PR Manager, Starbucks Coffee Co. Janeen Simmons Starbucks Store Manager Howard Schultz Chairman, Starbucks Coffee Co. Ted Lingle CEO, Specialty Coffee Association Stewart Lee Allen Author, The Devil's Cup Wade Davis Ethnobotanist and Explorer, NGS Mike Sheldrake Roastmaster, Polly's Gourmet Coffee Edwin T. Kaneko Kona Coffee Farmer Sheree Chase Curator, Kona Historical Society Jeffrey Matsuyama Interpreter, Kona Historical Society Mike Sheldrake Roastmaster, Polly's Gourmet Coffee Bruce Milletto President, Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup Willard "Dub" Hay Sr. VP, Starbucks Coffee Co. Joseph Rivera Science Dir., Specialty Coffee Assoc. Michael Girgis VP Sales, Rosito Bisani Imports Marty Sharkey Marketing Manager, Nescafè Joseph Alban MD Founder, Kona Joe Coffee LLC Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Fred Peabody Producer: Fred Peabody Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Gloria L. Morris Editor: Lou Laprocido Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Guy Thomas Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Allison Boon Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Accountant: Lisa Casella Accountant: Paulette Pantoja Researcher: Uldis Balodis Researcher: John Knapp Coordinator: Brad Skiles Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Post Assistant: Kevin McCartney Camera: Jorge Castillo-Trentin Camera: Gary Hoffman Camera: Norm Johnston Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Brian Quander Camera: TJ Williams Field Audio: Barry Eckhaus Field Audio: Jason Quinn Field Audio: Jorge Saurez Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Red Gypsy Animation Historical Consultant: "Kona" Joe Alban Historical Consultant: Stewart Lee Allen Historical Consultant: Wade Davis Historical Consultant: Chris Gimble Historical Consultant: Ted Lingle Special Thanks: Bellissimo Coffee Infogroup Johanna Crawford Kenneth Davids Mike Ferguson Chris Gimble Bruce Milletto Supervising Producer: Doug Gordon Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2005

    Trivia (4)

    • More money is spent trading coffee than any other commodity in the world, except for oil.

    • One of the most expensive coffees in the world is Kopi Luwak from Indonesia. It's made from coffee beans digested and excreted by the palm civet - a catlike animal - and sells for around $300 a pound.

    • The largest retailer of cups of coffee in America is Dunkin' Donuts, which sells about a billion cups a year, or 30 cups every second.

    • One coffee tree yields around one pound of roasted coffee per year - that's about 4,000 beans.

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