Whether black from a bottomless cup or as a Frappuccino
mocha skim latte, it's our culture's elixir, coffee . . . In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Java, Joe or a cup
of mud . . . Most of us drink it everyday but few of us know the
effects it has on the world's economy or even our own bodies. Also,
how do you brew the perfect cup? And, travel with us to the goat
hills of Ethiopia to where it all began.
Timothy James Castle is the author of "The
Perfect Cup: A Coffee-Lover's Guide to Buying, Brewing and Tasting."
He tells Jim Fleming how to brew a perfect cup of coffee. And,
Julia Alvarez is best known for her novel "How the
Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents." Her new novella is called
"A Cafecito Story: A Story of Love, Coffee, Birds and Hope."
Alvarez tells Anne Strainchamps that she raises coffee on a small
farm in the Dominican Republic and explains how it influences
her writing. We also hear her read excerpts from her novella.
Journalist Mark Pendergast talks with Steve
Paulson about the cultural history of coffee. His book is "Uncommon
Grounds: the History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World."
Also, Barbara Moran owns Dardinelle's restaurant
and Turkish coffee shop in Madison, Wisconsin. She practices the
ancient art of coffee divination - reading the future through
examination of coffee grounds. Anne Strainchamps visits her for
Bennett Alan Weinberg is the co-author (with
Bonnie Bealer) of "The World of Caffeine: the Science and
Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug." He talks with
Anne Strainchamps about how little we actually know about this
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-12-12-B.
- Timothy Castle, The
Perfect Cup: A Coffee Lover's Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Tasting
- Julia Alvarez, A Cafecito Story: A Story
of Love, Coffee, Birds, and Hope (Chelsea Green Publishing)
- Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds: The
History of Coffee and How it Transformed the World (Basic
- Bennett Alan Weinberg, The World of Caffeine:
The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug (
- Cantinero de Cuba. Cubamar.
Rhythm & Smoke: The Cuba CD. RecoGlobal Disc
- Born in the Sea and Under the Same Sky. Peppino
D'Agostino. Every Step Of The Way. Favored Nations Records.
- Java Jive. Manhattan Transfer. Swing. Atlantic
- A Cuppa Coffee the Size of my Head. Don Newton.
Keepers: Coffee. Minnesota Public Radio.
- Good Morning Coffee. Greg Brown. Newport
Fertival Turn of Decade, 1989-1990. Red House Records.
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