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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great read, 11 Sept. 2013
As an academic work, Ellis' attention to detail, reliance on evidence and meticulous citations make the book a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the history of coffee and its cultural context. While one reviewer criticises the author for taking "more than 200 pages to begin to address coffee drinking in the 1800-1900s," I found the thorough treatment of the early impressions of coffee (when encountered by visitors to the Ottoman Empire) and its introduction to England to be a real strong point of the work.
Even a casual reader can appreciate Ellis' writing style as he often breaks from the traditionally "dry" historical accounts to include more humourous anecdotes. Similarly, he weaves a fairly seamless narrative throughout the text which makes it easy to follow on from one chapter to another. Still, the book is by no means a "fluff piece" so while a reader with no academic interests could certainly comprehend Ellis' narrative, they may not find it as interesting as another reader.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about coffee or even simply English history.