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From the moment the fruit of the coffee bush was first harvested and consumed -- probably in Ethiopia -- humankind knew it was dealing with some serious stuff. In some cultures, it was a religious beverage, banned from secular use. In others, it had political qualities, as it became a reason to gather and talk and get jacked up in a more purposeful, coherent way than was provided by the alehouse.
Today, the world drinks a lot of coffee, some of it served in pristine form and some of it mixed with every manner of cream, sugar, syrup and topping. On today's Colin McEnroe show, we'll be looking at coffee from a lot of different angles.
Nell Newman led her family company -- Newman's Own Organic -- into the promised land of organic coffee and then got the drink into McDonald's.
Bean and Leaf in New London is one of several small coffee roasters around the state. And then there's you. What does coffee mean to you these days?
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