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Coffee Talk: The Stimulating Story of the World's Most Popular Brew Hardcover – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026884
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

From its origins thousands of years ago in the Ethiopian highlands, coffee has become the world’s most popular drink. Satin, a coffee lover, molecular biologist, and retired director of the UN’s agribusiness program, offers a delightful look at coffee’s travel across time and continents to its current status. It was favored by Muslim clerics to keep the devout alert in prayer but later banned when coffeehouse customers were inspired to heated political debates. Coffee has been praised and vilified, its health properties debated but its stimulant qualities never denied. Coffee gained popularity in the American colonies after the Boston Tea Party and fueled debates in French coffeehouses frequented by Voltaire and Rousseau. Satin explores the geopolitics of coffee from slave labor on plantations to fair trade issues, as well as the commerce of coffee, including the history of coffeehouses and the rise of Starbucks. Whether coffee lovers or not, readers will love this exploration of the world’s favorite beverage. --Vanessa Bush

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"…an entertaining new book… Coffee Talk offers a trove of information, certainly enough to hold your own coffee-loaded conversation."
–The New Yorker’s "The Book Bench" blog

"Whether coffee lovers or not, readers will love this exploration of the world’s favorite beverage."
–Booklist, October 1, 2010

"Morton Satin has captured the origins, history, and culture of coffee drinking in a captivating style, interwoven with personal anecdotes that resonate with even the non-coffee drinker, in this unique and entertaining book. A must-have for every coffee table!"
–Dr. Lori Hoolihan, research director, Dairy Council of California

More About the Author

Morton Satin (Rockville, MD) is currently the Vice-President, Science and Research at the Salt Institute. He recently retired as the Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Global Agribusiness Program. A molecular biologist, he is the author of Death in the Pot: The Impact of Food Poisoning on History.

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Lots of history, written in an engaging and entertaining fashion.
Louise
The book itself is a little dry, but still carries a certain charm to it.
Peter Faden
The book also has good information on proper preparation of the brew.
G.M. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Chow on March 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you wanted to know EVERYTHING about coffee (and I mean EVERYTHING), this book is for you. It covered coffee and its nutritional properties, benefits, caffeine. It covered the history of coffee. It covered how to prepare coffee. It had anecdotes and asides. It taught you the detail of how coffee changes from the bush to your kitchen. It even covered barista competitions, the (very detailed) history of Starbucks, and Satin's favorite barista.

The book also went into what was (for me) excruciating detail about the history of how coffee was discovered, a country-by-country arrival story, a continent-by-continent arrival story, quotations, and reproductions of historical documents. There is even a detailed time line in the back of the book, ranging from the extraction of coffee by Ethiopian monks circa 700 to Starbucks's domination in 2008.

Don't expect a how-to guide on brewing coffee. That's mentioned, yes, but barista training requires a different sort of book. Anyone who expects a manual on how to make the best cuppa will be disappointed. The afterword says, "It is not the purpose of this book to turn the reader into a botanist, a coffee historian, or a professional taster or a barista..." but anyone who wishes to become a coffee historian would do well to get a copy of this book and become the local expert.

5 stars if you are looking for the ENTIRE history of the coffee bean. 2 stars if you are looking for a coffee manual. I wasn't actually looking for THIS much detail in my book, but now I know where to turn if I need that sort of detail when researching coffee's history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrs. dani on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book would appeal to coffee lovers and history buffs alike.

As a HEAVY coffee drinker from a family of coffee drinkers (and an avid book reader) , I thought this book might be cute. It was really facinating. As the other reviewers stated, it really went through the history of coffee...in detail.

The begining of the book is a little slow going. Once you get to the 2 & 3 chapters, it really picks up. This isnt just a history about the coffee bean, he included a lot of human stories. (personally I would have liked more stories of the author's father)

I really enjoyed learning about the different ways (and history) of how to make coffee. I intend to try to find some of the older machines & try it for myself.

I think this is a facinating & enjoyable book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise on June 11, 2012
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Fascinating read. Lots of history, written in an engaging and entertaining fashion. Completely outlines the history of coffee from discovery of potent effects to present day. Love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.M. Johnson on January 13, 2013
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A well written and interesting history of coffee's discovery and cultural development. The book also has good information on proper preparation of the brew.
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