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Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

Update: 2022-02-07


Sri Lankan coffee has delicious notes of chocolate and caramel. But it’s basically impossible to find, and we’re going to bet you’ve never drank it.

But why is Sri Lankan coffee so hard to find? It shouldn’t be because Sri Lanka has the perfect climate to grow coffee, and was once one of the biggest coffee growing countries in the world.

But Sri Lanka was the victim of an ecological ticking time bomb. And this bomb is still ticking, and is going to explode again.

Producer man James takes Scott and Jools on an adventure back in time, across Ethiopia, Yemen, Sri Lanka to trace the origins of this ticking bomb, and what it’s going to take to defuse it.

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A massive thanks to Lawrence Goldberg of Hansa Coffee, Ajantha Palihawadana, Professor Stuart McCook and Harm van Oudenhoven.








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Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

Jools Walker, Scott Bentley, James Harper