To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
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 on our own bodies. Also, how
to brew the perfect cup. And, using grounds to divine the future.
The world's most popular pick-me-up, next time.
Timothy James Castle tells Jim Fleming how
he brews the perfect cup of coffee. He says for the real coffee
experience, drink it black without milk or flavors. Castle's book
is "The Perfect Cup: A Coffee-Lover's Guide to Buying, Brewing
and Tasting." Also, journalist Mark Pendergrast is the
author of "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It
Transformed Our World." He tells Steve Paulson that coffee came
from Ethiopia, functioned as a patriotic symbol during the early
days of the American Republic, and prolonged the slave trade in
places like Brazil. And, he says, Americans have always believed
they have a right to cheap coffee.
Reporter Ann Hepperman examines the impact
Starbucks has had on Flagstaff, Arizona. It's the homogenization
of American culture vs. reliably good coffee! Also, Emebet
Vandervort performs the "I Hate Coffee" rant by The Urban
Shocker, also known as Dale C. Miller.
Bennett Alan Weinberg walks Anne Strainchamps
through the science of caffeine. Sure it's an addictive drug,
but it has its good points! It's a naturally occurring substance,
and we can benefit from its rejuvenating properties. Weinberg's
book is "The World of Caffeine." Finally, Anne Strainchamps visits
Barbara Moran, a coffee diviner who explains her ancient
art and reads the good news in Anne's grounds. Barbara owns The
Dardanelles restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-02-10-A.
- Timothy James Castle, The Perfect
Cup: a coffee-lover's guide to buying, brewing and tasting
- Bennett Alan Weinberg and Bonnie K. Bealer,
The World of Caffeine: the science and culture of the world's
most popular drug (Routledge)
- Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds: the
history of coffee and how it transformed our world (Basic
- 1. Don Newton "A Cuppa Coffee the Size of my Head"
Keepers Coffee. Minnesota Public Radio.
- 2. Greg Brown "Good Morning Coffee" Newport Fertival
Turn of Decade, 1989-1990. Red House Records.
- 3. Frank Sinantra "The Coffee Song" Ring-a-Ding-Ding.
- 4. Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians "Let's Have
Another Cup of Coffee" Brother Can You Spare a Dime?. Platinum
- 5. Manhattan Transfer. "Java Jive" Swing. Atlantic
- 6. John Gorka, "St. Caffeine" After Yesterday.
Blue Palace Music.
- 7. Dakota Dave Hull and Kair Larso. "Double Cappuccino"
Double Cappuccino. Aribica Productions.
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