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"A good cup of coffee can turn the worst day tolerable, can provide an all-important moment of contemplation, can rekindle a romance," he writes. "And yet, poetic as its taste may be, coffee's history is rife with controversy and politics." For example, coffee bankrolled Idi Amin's genocidal regime in Uganda and the Sandinistas' revolution in Nicaragua. Uncommon Grounds provides some fascinating tidbits. Did you know that coffeehouses helped spawn the French and American revolutions? Or that coffee supplanted alcohol as a favorite breakfast drink in Britain in the late 1600s, and later became a patriotic American beverage after the Boston Tea Party? Pendergrast also details the rise and fall of regional coffee brands in the United States, the role of advertising in the industry, the global economic impact of coffee prices, and the recent emergence of specialty-coffee retailers--Starbucks, for example. Finally, he explores the social and environmental ramifications of coffee and highlights recent attempts to encourage a livable wage and environmental protection in coffee-producing nations such as Brazil. Pendergrast also includes an appendix on "how to brew the perfect cup." This wide-ranging book is a good read for those curious about the history and context behind that morning cup of coffee, as well as for those strictly interested in the business side of the industry. --Dan Ring
On time delivery, well documented. A very informative book, one I should have purchased long agoPublished 6 months ago by Don Wiley
Wow! This book really delves into behind the scene dealings of coffee companies extending into the darker aspects of government interventions in the exploitation of foreign... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryn Sage
This is an excellent book. A complete history of coffee with wonderful antidotes. The seller said the book was "used. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Devenney
well written and gives the wider view of the coffee industry, sent as a gift
to a coffee drinker and teacher
The 4 star rating is the average between the 2 editions. The 1st rates a 5*, the
2nd only a 3. I have left the review on the 1st edition & have added comments @ the... Read more
...then read this book.
I'll admit this book is thoroughly researched and provides an in-depth history on coffee. I learned more about coffee than I could have imagined. Read more
Uncommon Grounds is a very interesting book for anyone who likes coffee. We know that coffee rules the world, but its specifics remain a mystery, until you read this book. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by D. Traylor