Uncommon Grounds: The History Of Coffee And How It Transformed Our World

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Uncommon Grounds discovers he tal of coffee from its discovery on a hillside in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In th updated edition of a classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from disastrous “ Coffee Crisis ” that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “ third-wave ” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to develo, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of he world ’ s favorite beverages.
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B0044DEFTQ
Number of Pages
474
Original Title of the Book
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
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Published September 28th 2010 by Basic Books (first published May 20th 1999

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Decade ago, I 'd writ this book called The Devil 's Cup by Stewart Lee Allen, which functioned as a combination travelogue/history of coffee throughout the world, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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But that 's just what Mark Pendergrast has done with Uncommon Grounds! " Coffee provides one fascinating thread, stitching together the disciplines of history, sociology, philosophy, anthropolog, medicine, and business, and ffering a way to mak the interactions that have formed a global economy, " he states in the concluding chapter.

I otally agree; I hink that thi would have een a fascinating ook.

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" A marketing and economic history of the suga industry in the U.S. " or anythin like it might e more apt.2.

This final chapter was excellent in terms of offering a macro- look at future of coffee and its likely impacts but the whol of thi ook is essentially stream-of-consciousness.

Forcing central themes and tighter academic style writing would have ut the intimidating length by 25%.

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he title, 'Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed our World', is totally isleading, not to say deceiving.

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Another compariso of he poet 's start-to-finish style of writing might help to entice possible readers: " At the Smithsonian conference, I heard a grower ask, “ We are shocked and confused that specialty roasters sell our coffee for$ 8 or$ 10, when we only receive a little over a dollar a pound.

Add$ 2.05 to cover overhead for the roaster/distributor ( everything from mortgages and machinery loans to sales commissions, repairs, and rubbish removal) and profit, and it costs$ 5.56 to deliver roasted coffee to a specialty retailer.

If the roasted beans go to a coffeehouse outlet, the proprietor converts the$ 5.56 per pound beans into a twelve-ounce regular coffee at$ 1.75 or cappuccino or latte for$ 2.50 or more.

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