Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast
The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

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Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous “Coffee Crisis” that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “third-wave” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world’s favorite beverages.
 

About Mark Pendergrast

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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.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by Basic Books. 474 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Uncommon Grounds: The History...

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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our WorldMark Pendergrast 395pp, Texere, £18.99.

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Caffeinated beverage enthusiast Pendergrast (For God, Country and Coca-Cola) approaches this history of the green bean with the zeal of an addict. His wide-ranging narrative takes readers from the leg

May 03 1999 | Read Full Review of Uncommon Grounds: The History...

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