Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Book - 2019 | New edition, Third trade paperback edition.
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The definitive history of the world's most popular drug.

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. 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.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019.
Edition: New edition, Third trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781541699380
Characteristics: xxvii, 424 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Apr 27, 2015

Overall, this is a pretty good history of coffee, and I appreciate that the author correctly states that Patrice Lumumba was assassinated prior to President Kennedy's administration [the revisionists are forever lying and trying to blame everything on JFK], but then he goes and asserts that Kennedy pressured the Portuguese to use force against the nationalists in Angola - - an assertion I've yet to see concretely validated! Pendergrast gets much of the Guatemala coup correct, stating that Allen Dulles, then Eisenhower's head of the CIA, served several years on the board of the United Fruit Company, and that his brother, John Foster Dulles, then Sec'y of State had represented United Fruit as an attorney, but fails to mention that the chief financial backer and promoter of Eisenhower's presidency, Floyd Odlum, was also the chief investor in United Fruit between 1952 -- 1954 [easily verified by papers in Eisenhower Presidential Library]; also, that union organizers and others were killed after the coup! But still a somewhat decent history of the bean. [Best coffee cities in America: Seattle, Miami and Santa Cruz.]

nnn622 Apr 29, 2013


Jan 30, 2010

There was a TV documentary in three parts that resembled the description of this book. Does anyone remember this three-part series?Is it available in dvd?


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