Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

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Basic Books, Sep 28, 2010 - Cooking - 480 pages
The definitive history of the world's most popular drug.

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous "Coffee Crisis" that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the "third-wave" of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.

 

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

This book is the culmination of a thousand years of oral tradition, and I believe the first time these secrets have appeared in print. Enjoying coffee is a global phenomenon with its popularity ... Read full review

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User Review  - GennaC - LibraryThing

Pendergrast’s succinct yet extensive text offers a comprehensive look at coffee’s birth and progression to a beverage with global significance. Covering centuries of coffee production and consumption ... Read full review

Contents

Part Two
107
Part Three
213
Part Four
263
Acknowledgments
383
Appendix
387
Notes on Sources
391
List of Interviews
399
Illustration Credits
403
Index
407
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About the author (2010)

Mark Pendergrast, a former business journalist, is the author of several books, including For God, Country, and Coca-Cola. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.