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Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast
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Jun 07, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, historical
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the complicated and dark history of coffee
Read from April 16 to May 15, 2010

I read this for background for my ethnographic research into a local coffee shop. Pendergrast crafts an entertaining (and disturbing)and readable account of how the coffee trade has shaped our world. From the apocryphal discovery of the bean by the goat of an Ethiopian shepherd to the civil and political unrest unfolding from the mass cultivation of a single crop by large landholders, there's something for everyone in here.
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