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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.
God in a Cup is an important addition to the existing literature on coffee and one that I will whole-heartedly recommend to anyone with questions about how the industry works in practical terms.
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beautiful stories surrounding the green buying process and industry leaders in the coffee industry. Also gives a snapshot of different coffee hot spot cities in the states.Published 4 months ago by James Thomas Canali
Al though it is really a snap shot of an industry as it starts to establish itself as a new wave, this book is still applicable today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Machanik
Read this book while we were in Boquete, Panama. Found it fascinating.Published 6 months ago by Gretski
A fantastic journey with well-written insight into the culture & history of the greatest cup of coffee.Published 14 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 16 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 18 months ago by Amy L.