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The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice? This book, the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us more, by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love. The World of Caffeine is a tale of art and ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 2nd 2002 by Routledge (first published December 5th 2000)
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Feb 21, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in science or history.
Shelves: science, history
I really enjoyed this book, though it had far more history than science. They write well about the rise of the three great caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, and chocolate) and their similar trajectories from secret beverage of religious men to the guilty pleasures they are now. She connects the popularity of the beverages to important social movements. I found it amusing that the arguments about coffee and tea that we have currently date back hundreds of years.

I thought it dragged a bit in the
Oct 01, 2015 Bradon rated it really liked it
The book was a good book that had a lot of good facts and was very informing. The World of Caffeine has a lot of subsections from the history of caffeine to all current uses. This book talks about the drug use and other ways people have used it. This book was really effective and I used it on a few reports I had to write throughout the term. This book also made me wonder about the safety and use of caffeine everyday. I began to wonder why people use it so much even though there are innumerable ...more
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Apr 17, 2009 Chris Herdt rated it liked it
I'm far from a connoisseur of coffee or tea, but I do drink a fair amount and thought it would be best to learn a little something about it. I've been skipping around sections of this book for the past month or so. It covers a variety of topics relating to caffeine and caffeine vehicles, primarily focusing on coffee, tea, and chocolate.

Although the history of how these caffeine-imbued botanicals traveled from Arabia, Asia, and the Americas to Europe and the history of how they were popularized i
Marcella Bongiovanni
Must per chi vuole approfondire la storia della caffeina (o teina)
Apr 19, 2010 Marcelle added it
Shelves: non-fiction
fairly academic. i confess i skimmed a lot.
Captain Curmudgeon
More than you want to know, but central mysteries remain: the
universality of it (97 percent of us are addicts), the fact that it is a drug with dependency problems, the cultural
timing, the undecided balance between benefits and harm.
Julie H.
Jul 12, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a wonderful social history of all things caffeinated--including (of course) coffee and chocolate. Very informative and highly interesting reading.
Jul 12, 2014 Islam rated it really liked it
Enjoy reading this book with a cup of coffee :)

This book will make you surprised how much history and culture is there around caffeine containing beverages. Very enriching book indeed.
Jan 07, 2015 Jonathan rated it liked it
Fascinating information. A bit repetitive and arrogant at times but lots of fascinating information!
Oct 15, 2008 Josh rated it it was ok
I kind of think that they were paid by coffee interests to write this book, but I enjoy the history.
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