Coffee: Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate
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Coffee: Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate (Philosophy for Everyone #29)

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Offering philosophical insights into the popular morning brew, "Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone" kick starts the day with an entertaining but critical discussion of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and culture of coffee.Matt Lounsbury of pioneering business Stumptown Coffee discusses just how good coffee can beCaffeine-related chapters cover the ethics of the coffee...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published March 8th 2011)
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Aug 22, 2012 Kyle marked it as did-not-finish
This book was disappointing, although in retrospect I don't know what I was expecting. I suppose what I was looking for was real philosophical dialogue about coffee. Perhaps questions involving the utility of fair trade, or the aesthetic elements of coffee.

The first chapter is a pretty good history of coffee. Okay, I suppose we first need to know the story of the topic at hand.

Chapter 2, the necessary ground of being. Promising title. Hmm, somehow we transition from coffee as a necessity to get...more
Put two or more people around a table with a cup of coffee (or something similar) in their hands and a debate can ensue, it can range from daily events to deep philosophical matters. But how often is coffee itself the subject of a deeper discussion?

Through this book coffee is the central theme from start to finish, presented through a series of thought-provoking essays and opinions that cover the entire gamut of coffee-related matters. The first essay is the curiously-named "Coffee: Black Puddle...more
Lexa Salindato
Coffee and Philosophy. Two of my favourite things in the world, of course I'm gonna love this book!

It is not quite often that the subject of a philosophical discussion itself is every other man's common morning booster. From the raw aroma to the bitter and rich taste of every cup, even the symbolisms or the social connotations of coffee and choosing it over other beverages such as tea, this book captivates all sorts of arguments regarding coffee. I find myself particularly fond with Chapter 8 (...more
TheIron Paw
Actually I only read about one third of it and just got tired of it. I am not a fan of short stories and I guess I'm not a fan of rambling collection of essays that seem to have little in common other than some mention of coffee. The essays I did read were reasonably well written, although some were rather dry. Overall, my low rating for this book is likely more due to my preferring either a single work or a more cohesive collection (this being said by someone who is having a ball with Bill Brys...more
This is a book I am reading for work but it is actually quite fascinating. It covers the difference between fair trade and direct trade, an interview with a Stumptown executive, and varied impressionistic and thoughtful passages on imbibing the most consumed psychoactive and "performance enhancing drug" in the world.
A solid collection of essays that use coffee as a means to discuss philosophical topics from Buddhism, Existentialism, etc. It is written in a way that most will understand. Also, it is written more for the coffee enthusiast than the Philosophy student.

Read parts. Fun. Interesting information.
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