The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
By Mark Pendergrast
(Basic Books, Paperback, 9780465018369, 480pp.)
Publication Date: September 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: World - General
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.
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.