Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 51


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 14, 2005 on The History Channel
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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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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

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