Black Coffee is a three part 2007 PBS documentary series directed by Irene Angelico and produced by Ina Fichman which examines the history of coffee and the political, economic, and social influence it has had over the course of centuries. Coffee is now the eighth most traded legal commodity in the world and the fourth most valuable agricultural commodity per tonne, however only a tiny fraction of the amount that you pay for a coffee will go to the grower, it could be as little as half a cent per dollar that you spend in your coffee shop of choice.
The series explains how this gross inequality has helped to shape entire continents and even contributed towards the Cold War, it tells the story of the dark side of our global caffeine addiction. The series was broadcast by PBS in three episodes in 2007, we have all three episodes available to watch here on Documentary Vine. Navigate them via the numbered tabs beneath the video player or by using the episode list below.