Uncommon Grounds tells the history of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the 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 expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world’s favorite beverages.
I love history. I love epics. I love coffee. These ingredients come together in Uncommon Grounds, an epic history of coffee, from it discover in ancient Abyssinia to the modern franchise epitomized by Starbucks. Through the looking glass of coffee production, trade and consumption we get to savor the rich, full-bodied tale of the world’s favorite drink and it’s impact on cultures, trade, slavery, branding, healthcare, the environment and lives of people from exploited farmers to society’s elites.
The New York Times describes the book as “a rich blend of anecdote, character study, market analysis and social history… Everything you ought to know about coffee is here, even how to make it.”
If you’ve ever wanted to know about the rich history of coffee, this is a great book to enjoy over a cup of coffee! Buy it now on Amazon!