Uncommon Grounds

The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

By Mark Pendergrast
Basic Books (AZ), Paperback, 9780465018369, 424pp.

Publication Date: September 2010

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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 the Author
A business journalist, born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Harvard Univ.
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