Coffee - A Hellish Brew

Mike Gonzalez explores the colourful history of the humble coffee bean.


01Cracking The Bean19980903

At first mistrusted and reviled, how did coffee become the second most valuable commodity after oil?

02Use And Abuse19980910

Caffeine and its effects have only recently begun to worry us - 18th-century doctors saw it as an elixir of life.

03Art Or Science?19980917

Exactly what goes into the coffee we drink? Tales from the cook, the roast-master, the blender and the taster.

04 LASTCoffee And Power19980924

The growing taste for coffee has changed the face of Latin America.

But those who pick the berries rarely control the market they serve.