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"A cup of coffee is a miracle, " writes Jacob, "a wonderful assemblage of relationships." Coffee: The Epic of a Commodity tells the story of the world's most beloved stimulant. The book follows coffee's trail around the world, from London to Brazil, telling in intriguing detail and curious anecdote the singular history of the legendary bean, from its beginnings a millenniu...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Burford Books
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Heinrich Eduard Jacob was a pacifist German Jew whose work was blacklisted by the Nazis since 1933. Nevertheless, in 1935 he managed to publish Myth and the Triumphal March of Coffee, as the saga of the commodity--this is a translation of that work.

Alas, I lost interest in this quickly. It's not a history like Salt or Milk, with its straightforward tracings of the trading and sociopolitical impacts of a particular food. Instead, it seems to be a collection of stories and anecdotes about coffee,...more
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