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God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee Hardcover – May 5, 2008
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And that brings me to the second reason to read this book. God in a Cup provides a great journalistic thumbnail of the global marketplace. Weissman dramatizes issues like sustainability, profitability (as in who earns the profits from agricultural products) and Fair Trade, without ever getting bogged down in the tiresome politics. Beginning at the farm and ending in a swish café where coffee is brewed in an $11,000 gizmo called a Clover, Weissman sheds light on some of the most complicated economic issues of our day, while never ceasing to be amusing. She does this by writing a story about the global marketplace that is first and foremost a story about real people whose eccentricities, foibles, weaknesses and strengths she brings alive.
The book is well written and paced, though the proof readers seemed to have missed a few inconsistencies of spelling and first/last name order. Still, it offers a fascinating view, written by an experienced journalist, into a world of people obsessed with the search for the perfect cup of joe. It is certainly enriching my foray into learning more about specialty coffee.
There are some interesting coffee insights and the book is worth reading for those. However, I longed for more about coffee and less about those who buy it and sell it and where the author stayed when she was interviewing them.
The author of God in a Cup does a superb job relating the growth of the specialty coffee world to the reader in a work that holds an accessability few other books devoted to the topic can claim. We join her right as she begins to elevate her palate, affording a non-indoctrinated reader the opportunity to investigate and grow while reading along. Of course, few have the opportunity to tag along with a couple of the industry's buyers as they head off to origin, but I feel that is where this work shines. Weissman does a superb job relating the humor, confusion, joy, and frustration of making dealings with growers and middlemen and jumping into the fray at conventions held by and for the professionals so deeply steeped in their world that it can be simultaneously exhillarating, alienating, and exhausting to try and join in.
This book is a case where the entire title must be given its due. This is a work that conveys the obsession of coffee geekdom in such a way that those involved really must admit that it is indeed obsession. But it is infectious, joyous obsession and here is is written well enough to spread that enthusiastic sense of discovery to the reader. I could not help but pull a shot of espresso on my day off at the cafe I work at after reading one chapter and the descriptions of some coffees really do demand accompaniment with a cup of Panamanian coffee. I am personally not a fan of the Clover coffee brewing system (vacpot and presses for life), but still felt excitement reading about their use to highlight flavors.
You should know that this is a book about the quest for great coffee, not a book about great coffee.Read more ›
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Read this book while we were in Boquete, Panama. Found it fascinating.Published 22 days ago by Gretski
A fantastic journey with well-written insight into the culture & history of the greatest cup of coffee.Published 9 months ago by Mausi
I can't give 5 stars as I haven't seen the book. I bought it for a relative in the USA and it didn't come to me first. The history of coffee is of course very interesting.Published 10 months ago by Helen
Gave this as a gift to a coffee lover in my life and the good news is he LOVED it! The bad news is it convinced him to seek out some kind of special coffee that is $100 a pound. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amy L.
Nothing technical, but it's great to read about the people that grow great coffee and about those who work hard to bring it to us, while trying hard to make the life of the growers... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patrick Albert
I just got this book and it's quite an easy read. For a book that is chalked so full of fantastic insights, and wonderful notions about the world of coffee production and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Warren Chanansingh
Amazing read on the history, entepreneurs, and farmers in the (mostly American) modern specialty coffee movement. Fascinating and long! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer