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Jonathan Morris

The Coffee Historian, The University of Hertfordshire

Jonathan Morris is Research Professor in History at the University of Hertfordshire, and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. He trained as an historian of Modern Italy, specialising in the history of consumption, and is now recognised as one of the world’s leading coffee historians. His book Coffee: A Global History explains how coffee became popular the world over, and why tastes in coffee differ all over the world. His six episode A History of Coffee podcast series, explains how coffee’s dark history laid the foundations for the current sustainability crisis. Jonathan has also published Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, and directed the Cappuccino Conquests research project that traced how Italian espresso beverages rose to global dominance.


Jonathan is a frequent speaker at academic, industry and consumer events including the London and Milan Coffee Festivals, SCA Expo, and HOST. He is a judge for the Best Product in Show awards at the Speciality Coffee Association’s annual World of Coffee event, an Associate Professor of the MUMAC Academy, and sits on the advisory board of the Consortium for the Safeguarding of Traditional Italian Espresso. Jonathan has collaborated with a wide range of coffee companies and institutions including Allegra Strategies, Gruppo Cimbali, Nespresso, and the International Coffee Organisation.


Morris’s work has featured in 25, 5th Wave, Comunicaffe, Café Culture, European Coffee Trip, Forum del Café, Global Coffee Review, and Perfect Daily Grind. His television and radio appearances include Australia (ABC) Britain (BBC), Canada (CBC), France (La Cinq), Italy (RAI), and USA (PBS). Newspaper appearances include Corriere della Sera, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Huffington Post, New Yorker, Sun, Sunday Times. Jonathan has appeared on the Coffee Podcast, Eat This, Keys to the Shop and the BBC In Our Time podcasts.

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