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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: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,142 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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1 of 1 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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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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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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My first coffee book.. And it is an astonishing read... You would not believe the level of detail and effort put on this single 480 page book.. A must for coffee lovers.. As a barista in a major coffee chain here in the UK I must say that the level of knowledge I have acquired from this single book surpasses by light years the one provided to us by the company. Is it worth the £12.59? YES! will be reading this again and again for years to come...
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