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

Author: Mark Pendergrast
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Coffee has been banned as a creator of revolutionary sedition, vilified as the worst health-destroyer on earth and praised as the boon of mankind. Its history provides a window through which to view broader themes of colonialism and culture clash, the rise of mass production, modern-day media and marketing, women's issues and international commodity schemes. It also illustrates how an entire industry can lose  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Pendergrast
ISBN: 0465036317 9780465036318
OCLC Number: 41545608
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: xix, 522 pages, 22 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Oriflama Harvest xi --
Introduction: Puddle Water or Panacea? xv --
Part 1 Seeds of Conquest --
Part 2 Canning the Buzz --
Part 3 Bitter Brews --
Part 4 Romancing the Bean --
Appendix How to Brew the Perfect Cup 427.
Responsibility: Mark Pendergrast.
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"Coffee has been banned as a creator of revolutionary sedition, vilified as the worst health-destroyer on earth and praised as the boon of mankind. Its history provides a window through which to view broader themes of colonialism and culture clash, the rise of mass production, modern-day media and marketing, women's issues and international commodity schemes. It also illustrates how an entire industry can lose focus, allowing upstart micro-roasters to reclaim quality and profits." "Mark Pendergrast enlivens his scrupulously researched history with anecdotes, eccentric characters and period commentary that will give readers stories to share - over good cups of coffee - for years to come."--Jacket.

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