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Uncommon grounds : the history of coffee and how it transformed our world

Author: Mark Pendergrast
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Uncommon Grounds is the definitive history of coffee-from its discovery on an Ethiopian mountainside to the age of Starbucks and the coffee crisis of the twenty-first century. A sweeping epic, Uncommon Grounds uses coffee production, trade, and consumption as a window through which to view broad historical themes: the clash and blending of cultures, slavery, the rise of brand marketing, global  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Pendergrast
ISBN: 9780465018369 046501836X
OCLC Number: 609871227
Description: xxi, 424 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Oriflama harvest --
Introduction: Puddle water or panacea? --
Introduction to the second edition --
Part 1: Seeds Of Conquest --
1: Coffee colonizes the world --
2: Coffee kingdoms --
3: American drink --
4: Great coffee wars of the Gilded Age --
5: Hermann Sielcken and Brazilian valorization --
6: Drug drink --
Part 2: Canning The Buzz --
7: Growing pains --
8: Making the world safe for coffee --
9: Selling an image in the Jazz Age --
10: Burning beans, starving campesinos --
11: Showboating the Depression --
12: Cuppa joe --
Part 3: Bitter Brews --
13: Coffee witch hunts and instant nongratification --
14: Robusta triumphant --
Part 4: Romancing The Bean --
15: Scattered band of fanatics --
16: Black frost --
17: Specialty revolution --
18: Starbucks experience --
19: Final grounds --
Acknowledgments --
Appendix: How to brew the perfect cup --
Notes on sources --
List of interviews --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Mark Pendergrast.

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From the Publisher: Uncommon Grounds is the definitive history of coffee-from its discovery on an Ethiopian mountainside to the age of Starbucks and the coffee crisis of the twenty-first century. A sweeping epic, Uncommon Grounds uses coffee production, trade, and consumption as a window through which to view broad historical themes: the clash and blending of cultures, slavery, the rise of brand marketing, global inequities, fair trade, revolutions, health scares, environmental issues, and the rediscovery of quality. Replete with a cast of eccentric characters-all of them suffused with a passion for the golden bean-Uncommon Grounds is nothing less than a coffee-flavored history of the world, the classic work on coffee culture, fully updated for our times.

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