Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Book - 2010
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From the Publisher: Uncommon Grounds is the definitive history of coffee-from its discovery on an Ethiopian mountainside to the age of Starbucks and the coffee crisis of the twenty-first century. A sweeping epic, Uncommon Grounds uses coffee production, trade, and consumption as a window through which to view broad historical themes: the clash and blending of cultures, slavery, the rise of brand marketing, global inequities, fair trade, revolutions, health scares, environmental issues, and the rediscovery of quality. Replete with a cast of eccentric characters-all of them suffused with a passion for the golden bean-Uncommon Grounds is nothing less than a coffee-flavored history of the world, the classic work on coffee culture, fully updated for our times
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780465018369
Characteristics: xxi, 424 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 40018384289


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Apr 27, 2015

Overall, this is a pretty good history of coffee, and I appreciate that the author correctly states that Patrice Lumumba was assassinated prior to President Kennedy's administration [the revisionists are forever lying and trying to blame everything on JFK], but then he goes and asserts that Kennedy pressured the Portuguese to use force against the nationalists in Angola - - an assertion I've yet to see concretely validated! Pendergrast gets much of the Guatemala coup correct, stating that Allen Dulles, then Eisenhower's head of the CIA, served several years on the board of the United Fruit Company, and that his brother, John Foster Dulles, then Sec'y of State had represented United Fruit as an attorney, but fails to mention that the chief financial backer and promoter of Eisenhower's presidency, Floyd Odlum, was also the chief investor in United Fruit between 1952 -- 1954 [easily verified by papers in Eisenhower Presidential Library]; also, that union organizers and others were killed after the coup! But still a somewhat decent history of the bean. [Best coffee cities in America: Seattle, Miami and Santa Cruz.]

nnn622 Apr 29, 2013


Jan 30, 2010

There was a TV documentary in three parts that resembled the description of this book. Does anyone remember this three-part series?Is it available in dvd?


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