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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046501836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465018369
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,637 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Pan on 25 April 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Hucker on 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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This book assumes you don't know what the word guano means and you are incapable of using a dictionary. So one example among the many bits of the book that are maybe pitched at too low a reading level for the US audience - skip the long rambling bit in the middle about the US coffee advertising in the 30s and 40s, nothing of interest there. Its flaw is its geocentric bias but someone obviously mentioned this to him at some point as after the huge swathes of guff about Folgers or something there'll be a morsel about Germany or Peru something squashed on the end of the chapter. You'd be surprised Nestle even existed, that tiny little European coffee supplier. Otherwise, it was an ok read, it's most definitely not challenging, bits of it are interesting.
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By G S on 24 Jan. 2015
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I should have read more of the customer reviews on here before purchasing this book, as it in no way lives up to its subtitle, "the history of coffee and how it changed the world". "The history of coffee in the US" would have been more appropriate, since the rest of the world is given very little attention, while the growth of the American coffee industry is laid out in excruciating detail. For a Europan reader, the bulk of the book is just irrelevant.
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By Morag on 27 Jun. 2014
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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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