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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World [Paperback]

Mark Pendergrast
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7 Sep 2010
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 more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046501836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465018369
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Pendergrast, a former business journalist, is the author of several books, including For God, Country, and Coca-Cola. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

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3.0 out of 5 stars UScentric 18 Jun 2013
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It looks at the subject purely from the USA, which was disappointing as a UK reader, however some interesting content
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday gift 27 Jun 2014
By Morag
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Recipient seemed pleased with the book, plenty of information about the new hobby and was looking forward to trying out allt he different coffees from around the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tough read but you get there in the end 25 April 2014
By El Pan
I bought this to get an understanding of the history of coffee, where it came from, how it evolved etc. and also to understand more about coffee itself. I found the beginning and the end very interesting but the middle was a dead zone. It talks at length about coffee advertising wars in the 19th and 20th centuries, the coffee tycoons, trade wars and subsidies. A bit on this would have been welcome but it's way too much detail and too American focused. He mainly ignores Europe apart from little asides here and there. The tone is quite dry and academic but he seems to lighten up at the end when he talks about the Fair Trade movement and Starbucks - this is where his passion is. Saying that I did learn a lot about coffee and feel the wiser now, and a lot of satisfaction when I finally finished!
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