From Kew Gardens’ YouTube channel:
There are now 125 species of coffee, but we only use two of them to produce the drink we know and love; Robusta and Arabica.
Coffee is one of the world’s favourite drinks, one of the most important commercial crop-plants, and the second most valuable international commodity; Arabica coffee is considered to produce the finest coffee beans.
Production of coffee helps support the livelihood of 25 million farming families around the world and it is estimated that around 32 pairs of hands are involved in bringing coffee from the plantation to the cup.
Did you know that Arabica coffee originally came from Ethiopia? A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century.
Discover more about Kew’s work to protect the forgotten home of wild Arabica coffee, and why it’s so vital to the future of the world’s favourite beverage.Watch this wonderful video about the history and future of our preferred beverage.
This is why i drink coffee…
California is proving that coffee can grow outside the tropics. Now the only question is will it be any good?
Okay, one more very entertaining Mid-Century coffee video. This video is over 60 years old and yet some of the information presented is still spot on. Plus, I love seeing the siphon method on this. Were your parents or grandparents doing coffee siphons at home? Mine weren’t but how cool would it be if they were? Also, notice the Chemex gets a little screen time. All in all, this is pretty cool.
Here’s another cool video on Mid-Century coffee. Can you imagine a coffee roaster in today’s day and age trying to sell you on the completely mechanized approach to coffee highlighted in this video?
Check out the obvious evidence of the clear cutting that took place to plant coffee trees at the 2:00 mark. The video makes no mention of that. Also, check out the vintage Jabez Burns four barrel sample roaster at the 7:22 mark. Makes you wonder if that very sample roaster is in the possession of a coffee roaster today.
Lastly, makes you wonder why New Orleans isn’t home to better coffee along the lines of San Francisco and New York.
Very cool video about London’s Mid-Century cafe culture. Check out the vintage Gaggia machine at the 45 second mark.