A People’s History of Coffee

Vitra goes to Africa, the Indienet, a people's history of coffee and more in our look at the web this week

Though many of us enjoy a cup of Joe every morning, the history of coffee is a nebulous one. Few of us know the rich history of how an Ethiopian goat herder stumbled upon what would become one of the world’s most beloved beverages. In Dark Rye’s “People’s History of Coffee,” the full tale is told tongue-in-cheek through storybook graphics and a timeline that even the most jittery of us can follow. From those caffeine-loving Ethiopian goats in roughly 850 AD to the opening of the first coffee houses all the way to Starbucks’ humble beginnings, the journey of the bean throughout history is a fascinating one and best enjoyed with—you guessed it—a fresh cup.