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

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Basic Books, 2010 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 473 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 CrisisOCO that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the ?third-waveOCO 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 worldOCOs favorite beverages.
 

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

User Review  - Brent McCulley - Goodreads

THE GOOD: Detailed accounts of the competitive marketing tactics used by coffee companies in America throughout the past hundred plus years, as well as the history of the bean as it influenced coffee ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Genna - Goodreads

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 One
1
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
Copyright

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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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