Award Winning Writer of Coffee History

About Me

Who am I?

Cover of Coffee A Global History

I'm Professor Jonathan Morris, aka The Coffee Historian.  My latest book Coffee A Global History traces coffee's journey from the forests of Ethiopia to the fincas of Latin America, from Ottoman coffee houses to 'Third Wave' cafes, and from the simple coffee pot to the capsule machine. It explains how the world acquired a taste for coffee, yet why coffee tastes so different throughout the world.   I was one of the editors of  Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage and the Industry, and was Director of the Cappuccino Conquests project tracing the spread of Italian-style coffee around the world. 

What do I do?

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I am a professional historian specialising in coffee history.   As well as writing books and articles on coffee, I am a frequent speaker at industry and consumer events such as the London Coffee Festival and HOST, and am a Judge for the Best New Product in Show awards at the Specialty Coffee Association's annual World of Coffee event.  

I am Vice President of the Royal Historical Society, Professor of Modern History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK; and an Associate Professor of the MUMAC Academy in Milan, Italy.

Follow My Journey

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You can follow my journey into coffee by following me on Twitter @coffeehistoryjm, and accessing my publications, videos, podcasts etc from my archive pages at