On the September 7th edition of Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation we had about Connected by Coffee, a documentary about the lives and history of the people who grow coffee.

Single use coffee cups

Aug 25, 2015
Laura Flynn


Where do you get your morning cup of coffee? Did you get it at a cafe? Use an old fashion coffee maker, or did you use a single-cup brewing machine? In 2014, single-cup brewing was the fastest growing coffee trend. But what happens to all of the waste created by those individual pods?

Under CC license from Flickr user Taber Andrew Bain

It all started a couple of years ago, when a happy-go-lucky guy I swim with named Joe Omran showed up at Aquatic Park one day in a foul mood. Thirty years ago, he bought a small grocery and deli on the western edge of Nob Hill called Le Beau Market. Now he wanted to open a café nearby. Just a little one.

What do we know about caffeine?

Apr 17, 2014

On today's Your Call, we'll speak with Murray Carpenter on his new book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us. Caffeine is the largest, least-regulated, and least-understood drug trade in the United States. Most people don't know how much caffeine they consume or where it comes from. How does caffeine affect our bodies and minds? And should it be regulated?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


From Bean to Buzz--COFFEE!

Oct 1, 2013

From beans, to barista, to buzz, coffee is a big, bold, and complex story.

  • What's brewing in the Bay Area?
  • What does it take to make a great cup?
  • Can you have it your way?
  • And what's up with those pods?

Join host David Onek and studio guests to ride the "3rd Wave" of coffee.  No attitude and no waiting in line!


Producer: Lisa Denenmark


In the studio with David are:

Brad Wenner

In June, Peet's Coffee & Tea dispatched a truck emblazoned with the motto, "Proof in Every Single Cup," to drive across the country. Every few days the mobile cafe pulls up to the sidewalk of a different city, and the baristas on board hawk free cups of the company's new single-serve coffees. They set out tables and chairs, place sandwich board advertisements along the sidewalk, give out orange-rimmed sunglasses, and take photos of smiling customers clutching Peet's cups.

This past summer, Peet's Coffee, founded in Berkeley back in 1966, was purchased by a German Company for $1 billion. Over the last half-century, on its way to becoming a billion dollar company, Peet's helped launch the Bay Area craft coffee movement, spawning places like Four Barrel, Blue Bottle, Philz, and other independent coffee shops. Today, there's a wealth of coffee shops to be found, each with its own distinctive flavor and fans.