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

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Basic Books, Sep 28, 2010 - History - 480 pages
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Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, 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  - a.bellido - LibraryThing

Very detailed book, but incredibly boring. I fell asleep a third of the way through, which I find ironic for a book about the world's (and mine) most beloved beverage. I eventually did finish it, but it wasn't easy. Read full review

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User Review  - matthew254 - LibraryThing

Uncommon Grounds is exactly what I was looking for. I had finished a similar commodity book (Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky) and was blown away. I was hoping for the same experience and am ... Read full review

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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.

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