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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World Kindle Edition
"100 Million Years of Food" by Stephen Le
A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Learn more
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Had the content of the book been properly marketed, it would probably deserve three stars. Due the the totally faulty marketing of the book it does not deserve more than one star.
A key reason I enjoyed this book is the exhaustive research obviously put into it. Pendergrast not only includes historical accounts but also interesting anecdotes and memos from prominent coffee businesses. I found the late 1800s and early 1900s the most interesting of all.
I know others have said this book is bland and monotonous, but I beg to differ. Being a historical account, there is quite a bit of actual historical fact written in. History itself can be a bit mundane (this happened at this time at this place), but the author inserts little witty remarks and snippets from history that are quite entertaining. Very rarely does he pepper the account with his own quips, but when he does they are welcome and amusing.
Though the reader may not find much of the early history interesting due to the non-existence of many of the older brands (Arbuckle anyone?), I actually found that learning about these early coffee industry pioneers was inspiring. I also enjoyed that there were decent folks in the industry (Joel Cheek of Maxwell House and John Arbuckle come to mind) and villains (CW Post and Hermann Sielcken). The evolution of coffee from luxury good to everyday staple is interesting and it is also quite intriguing that the United States had a very large role in shaping the future of the coffee industry (since most - though not all - of the rest of the world was drinking tea).Read more ›
My only complaint is that it breezes through the origins and domestication of coffee, but to be fair there very little data out there on that topic. Of all the "history of [esoteric item]" books out there right now, this is definitely one of the better and more interesting ones.
I have recommended this to friends and read an excerpt every so often to rediscover tidbits of coffee history.
If you want something that more addresses the 21st century this probably isn't the first book I would select.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is good as a general intro to the subject (surprisingly not many coffee books out there), although sometimes a little drab. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nano
Exceptionally useful for my report, and a great pleasure read at the same time.Published 11 months ago by Erin Oyer
Whether you are a scientist or simply a coffee enthusiast, this is an excellent resource book for everyone who wants the learn about the history of coffee.Published 11 months ago by Leonardo Lombardini
I imagine the author had about 3,000 index cards lying on his desk, each with random facts about coffee, and his editor said "Make that a book! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam G
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Generally, lighter roasts have more caffeine than darker roasts. I am fairly certain that cafe arabica beans have more caffeine than cafe robusta (arabica certainly tastes better). I suppose the preparation method will also affect this- a cup of Turkish coffee will certainly have more bite than a... Read More
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