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If you want an in depth, detailed look at the history of coffee, this is a great book to pick up From its discovery in Africa, to how it became the second largest export in the world with oil being the first from plantation to cup, and everything in between, this book covers it all It even describes the evolution of brewing techniques and instant coffees, weaving the history of coffee in with the history of world I work in the coffee industry as mostly a barista I picked up this book in t If you want an in depth, detailed look at the history of coffee, this is a great book to pick up From its discovery in Africa, to how it became the second largest export in the world with oil being the first from plantation to cup, and everything in between, this book covers it all It even describes the evolution of brewing techniques and instant coffees, weaving the history of coffee in with the history of world I work in the coffee industry as mostly a barista I picked up this book in the hopes to learn a bitabout what I was serving to people, and possibly get a nice foundation for if I m ever able to break into writing for CoffeeHouse Digest I must admit, I got a lotthan I expected with this book Did you know that in early history of the middle east, a woman could initiate a divorce, if her husband did not have enough coffee in the household I certainly didn t.My one complaint, and the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5, is that this book is very America Centric Not just the U.S., but South America as well That is not to say that id doesn t cover the rest of the world It does, and in great detail But the concentration is on the U.S and Central South America Here s an example somewhere in the first half of the book, the author spends a great deal of time speaking of pre depression era coffee consumption in the U.S., then mentions in the last paragraph of the section how Germany at that time was actually the leader in coffee drinking countries But he doesn t spend nearly the amount of time on that as he does in the U.S Granted, I don t know a whole lot about the history of coffee in other countries, so maybe there isn t that much to tell However, given how intricate and complex the story of coffee is in the States, my impression is that a lot was missing in Pendergrast s account of coffee in other parts of the world Other than that one tiny complaint and believe me, the wonderfulness of the book and its sizable length do make the complaint a tiny one I thought this was a great and informative read I rarely rated a book less than three stars but I made an exception for this book The title, Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed our World , is totally misleading, not to say deceiving It is better phrased as A History of Cheap Brands of Coffee in the United States of America I read this book with the expectation that coffee, as a healthily addictive drink, can unite people of different nationalities with its unique culture What Mark Pendergrast wrote instead wa I rarely rated a book less than three stars but I made an exception for this book The title, Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed our World , is totally misleading, not to say deceiving It is better phrased as A History of Cheap Brands of Coffee in the United States of America I read this book with the expectation that coffee, as a healthily addictive drink, can unite people of different nationalities with its unique culture What Mark Pendergrast wrote instead was the coffee of history within America Perhaps it was not his fault after all but the faults of the hopeless publisher making a totally misplaced title #Free Epub Í Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World Ø Uncommon Grounds tells the story 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 than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world s favorite beverages Years ago, I d read a 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 The author traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East meeting unsavory characters and having memorable misadventures at one point finding himself an art smuggler while retracing the path coffee took from Eastern Africa through Yemen and the Ottoman Empire through Europe and into the New World.I d worried when Years ago, I d read a 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 The author traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East meeting unsavory characters and having memorable misadventures at one point finding himself an art smuggler while retracing the path coffee took from Eastern Africa through Yemen and the Ottoman Empire through Europe and into the New World.I d worried when I picked up this book, a muchwell known work that is often seen as the definitive take on coffee, that it would be redundant however, the focus is so different that there s very little repetition from Allen s book to this one In this book, Pendergrast concerns himself primarily with coffee s impact in the United States There s a little bit about Europe and Africa and a paragraph here and there referring to Asia including the interesting fact that Vietnam is the world s second leading producer of robusta.All told, this isof a book about big business and economics, in particular the market manipulation in Latin America and the influence of various right wing and left wing dictatorships The book also deals with the rise of the familiar brands Maxwell House, Folgers, and of course Starbucks All in all, I preferred Allen s book, but this one iscomprehensive,exhaustively researched andsuitable as the one book to read about the history of coffee I confess that I tried I tried to sit ddown and read the history of coffee, and it was just too much Too much history, and too much information to absorb It s a wonderful book, but overwhelming. This is an interesting look at all the political and economic forces that interacted with perhaps the most influential beverage of our time Anecdotes about the trajectories of the coffee industry in the 19th and 20th centuries are where this book shone the most for me The author has clearly done enormous research and offers up juicy tidbits about the cereal coffee wars instigated by E.W Post of General Foods Post Cereal fame for example Stories of the first women coffee baronesses and the This is an interesting look at all the political and economic forces that interacted with perhaps the most influential beverage of our time Anecdotes about the trajectories of the coffee industry in the 19th and 20th centuries are where this book shone the most for me The author has clearly done enormous research and offers up juicy tidbits about the cereal coffee wars instigated by E.W Post of General Foods Post Cereal fame for example Stories of the first women coffee baronesses and the rampant sexism they faced, were also fascinating Where the book suffers is by trying to be too ambitious A few mild criticisms.1 Transformed our world in the title Really The book references to Latin America are confined strictly to areas where the economics and marketing collided or coincided with American interests Ethiopia, Kenya and other African coffee giants elicit passing mention at best A marketing and economic history of the coffee industry in the U.S or something like it would beapt.2 It was very hard to find central themes or takeaways from a sweeping narrative I found myself struggling to summarize every chapter in my mind The final chapter was excellent in terms of offering a macro look at the future of coffee and its likely impacts but the rest of the book is essentially stream of consciousness Not a bad thing necessarily but something to be aware of.3 This book could have used somebrutal editing Forcing central themes and tighter academic style writing would have cut the intimidating length by 25% Of course, that style of writing would have cut by review length by 50% Still a recommended read for lovers and haters of the brew alike I just could not get in to this book Abandoned at 50%. Uncommon Grounds is exactly what I was looking for I had finished a similar commodity book Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky and was blown away I was hoping for the same experience and am happy to say that I found something similar The author goes into quite a lot of detail about the origin, trade, branding and questionable medicinal qualities of coffee in a relatively entertaining fashion It gets a little bogged down at times but overall, Pendergrast succinctly digests coffee s hist Uncommon Grounds is exactly what I was looking for I had finished a similar commodity book Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky and was blown away I was hoping for the same experience and am happy to say that I found something similar The author goes into quite a lot of detail about the origin, trade, branding and questionable medicinal qualities of coffee in a relatively entertaining fashion It gets a little bogged down at times but overall, Pendergrast succinctly digests coffee s history in a way that is not, for the most part, overwhelmingly dragged down by minutia It s not an amazing book, but for coffee drinkers who are curious about the history and trade of coffee, it is most certainly enlightening I would have preferred the final chapter to have been the first chapter, and to havesaid on the science behind the substances in coffee, but otherwise, it s a good read A example of the author 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 How is that just While their U.S colleagues made sympathetic noises, no one really answered the question Later, a specialty coffee professional gave me an answer Let us say he pays 2 a pound for Colombian Supremo green beans and remember that this price can fluctuate Add 11 cents for freight in, storage, and handling, 46 cents for the 18 percent weight loss during roasting, 19 cents a pound for roasting, 35 cents to hand pack in five pound valve bags for wholesale shipments, and 40 cents for shipping costs That totals 3.51 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 Depending on the retailer s size, rent, and other overhead costs, he or she must then charge between 9.50 and 11.50 a pound to make a reasonable profit 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 orIf the proprietor gets twenty four servings to the pound, that translates to a whopping 70 a pound for regular filter coffee, and 82.50 a pound for thirty three lattes, minus the cost of the milk, stirrer, sweetener, and stale discarded coffee On the other hand, coffeehouse owners have to pay astronomical rents, shell out 18,000 for a top of the line espresso machine, and allow customers to linger for long, philosophical conversations or solitary reading over their single cup of coffee I m giving this book only 2 stars due to poor writing and even worse editing It seems as if after the first 175 pages the editors feeling the same as I did got bored reading the manuscript and just sent it to the printers out of exhaustion This is most evident when you get to the last 50 pages, when we finally learn the most basic facts about the thing we had been reading about for such a painfully long time coffee s chemical composition, and the scientific facts about caffeine s affect on I m giving this book only 2 stars due to poor writing and even worse editing It seems as if after the first 175 pages the editors feeling the same as I did got bored reading the manuscript and just sent it to the printers out of exhaustion This is most evident when you get to the last 50 pages, when we finally learn the most basic facts about the thing we had been reading about for such a painfully long time coffee s chemical composition, and the scientific facts about caffeine s affect on the body A high school newspaper editor would have had sense enough to discuss such things in the beginning of the book.On the positive side, the book filled in the gaps of what I already knew about how coffee gets into my cup which wasn t much It truly was interesting to learn about the Central South American coffee producing countries and U.S involvement in their history something completely ignored in public school history class But, altogether I was disappointed My initial excitement over this book waned into an unenthusiastic duty to finish in order to get the damn book back to the library in time before I racked up too many fines THE GOOD Detailed accounts of the competitive marketing tactics used by coffee companies in America throughout the past hundred plus years, as well as the history of the bean as it influenced coffee producing countries and their export relationships with the United States.THE BAD Writing with a journalistic and not objective historical tone which means the text is replete with the authors anachronistic judgments on everything from what advertisements were sexist to what coffee blends and metho THE GOOD Detailed accounts of the competitive marketing tactics used by coffee companies in America throughout the past hundred plus years, as well as the history of the bean as it influenced coffee producing countries and their export relationships with the United States.THE BAD Writing with a journalistic and not objective historical tone which means the text is replete with the authors anachronistic judgments on everything from what advertisements were sexist to what coffee blends and methods are poor superior etc..Overall, however, I learned a lot Worth the read even though some of it felt like I was slogging through it