...takes in the broad sweep of coffee's fascinating social history and politics.... -- Coffe & Cocoa International, July 01, 2001
...will make you think twice before gulping dow that second cup. -- ES Magazine, June 15, 2001
A focused and juicy history of our last legal and socially acceptable drug. -- Wall Street Journal, 2001
It's worth adding to your business library....after all it costs less than 10 cappoccinos at your local coffee bar. -- Management Today, June 2001
This book is spiky and fascinating. -- Sunday Times, October 21, 2001
From the Publisher
Coffee has dominated the economies, politics and social structures of entire countries. The second most valuable legally exported commodity on earth, coffee delivers the largest jolt of the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug.
In this much acclaimed book, Mark Pendergrast pours out a rich history of the coffee industry, vividly representing lush tropical regions where the crop is grown, busy street corners that are home to Starbucks, and boardrooms where millions of dollars are at stake. Uncommon Grounds traces coffees role in Latin American exports, American imports and European social law. Full of lively anecdotes, eccentric characters, and period commentary; Uncommon Grounds is an entertaining examination of the coffee phenomenon.