20-19 Segment 2: The Rise Of Coffee Capitalism


Even as Americans shelter-in-place, coffee consumption is up in the first four months of 2020. Why is coffee a persistently popular drink? It was first consumed by Sufi monks in the fifteenth century as part of a religious ceremony, but quickly gained traction across the Middle East and then spread to Europe. Viewpoints discusses the complicated history of coffee production and American’s reliance on this caffeine-packed brew.

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