Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World



❄ [EPUB] ✼ Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World By Mark Pendergrast ➝ – E17streets4all.co.uk Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in Abyssinia to its role in intrigue in the American colonies to its rise as a national consumer product in the twentieth centur Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from The History ePUB ↠ its discovery on a hill in Abyssinia to its role in intrigue in the American colonies to its rise Uncommon Grounds: PDF or as a national consumer product in the twentieth century and its rediscovery with the advent of Starbucks at the end of the century A panoramic epic Uncommon Grounds Grounds: The History eBook ✓ uses coffee production trade and consumption as a window through which to view broad historical themes the clash and blending of cultures the rise of marketing and the Grounds: The History of Coffee Epub / “national brand” assembly line mass production and urbanization Coffeehouses have provided places to plan revolutions write poetry do business and meet friends The coffee industry has dominated and molded the economy politics and social structure of entire countriesMark Pendergrast introduces the reader to an eccentric cast of characters all of them with a passion for the golden bean Uncommon Grounds is nothing less than a coffee flavored history of the world.Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Mark Pendergrast was born and raised in Atlanta The History ePUB ↠ Georgia the fourth of seven children in a family that valued civil rights the environment sailing reading and games Uncommon Grounds: PDF or of chase and charades He earned a BA in English literature from Harvard taught high school and elementary school then went back to Simmons College for a masters Grounds: The History eBook ✓ in library science and worked as an academic librarian—all the w.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It
  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
  • Mark Pendergrast
  • English
  • 04 March 2016
  • 9780465054671

10 thoughts on “Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

  1. says:

    I have to give the author credit; it can't have been easy to make coffee soporific But that's just what Mark Pendergrast has done with Uncommon GroundsCoffee provides one fascinating thread stitching together the disciplines of history anthropology sociology psychology medicine and business and offering a way to follow the interactions that have formed a global economy he states in the concluding chapter I totally agree; I think that that would have been a fascinating book But that is not this book Perhaps Pendergrast thinks it is? I would have loved a history of the continued domestication of coffee a la Michael Pollan's treatment of apples potatoes tulips and marijuana in The Botany of Desire Unfortunately Pendergrast really glossed over these aspects instead focusing on the pricing and advertising of coffee through the ages I have nothing of the ad man businessman or economist in me and it completely failed to capture my interestTo make matters worse I really took exception to Pendergrast's voice It's very easy to appear liberal and enlightened when in comparison with previous generations and I think it's better to avoid potshots at the past Pendergrast clearly doesn't Objective journalism this is not The tone is smugly judgmental He constantly denigrates past eras for their sexism and racism primarily in their advertisements of course and even for their atrocious taste in coffee

  2. says:

    I'm giving this book only 2 stars due to poor writing and even worse editing It seems as if after the first 175 pages the editors feeling the same as I did got bored reading the manuscript and just sent it to the printers out of exhaustion This is most evident when you get to the last 50 pages when we finally learn the most basic facts about the thing we had been reading about for such a painfully long time coffee's chemical composition and the scientific facts about caffeine's affect on the body A high school newspaper editor would have had sense enough to discuss such things in the beginning of the bookOn the positive side the book filled in the gaps of what I already knew about how coffee gets into my cup which wasn't much It truly was interesting to learn about the CentralSouth American coffee producing countries and US involvement in their history something completely ignored in public school history class But altogether I was disappointed My initial excitement over this book waned into an unenthusiastic duty to finish in order to get the damn book back to the library in time before I racked up too many fines

  3. says:

    THE GOOD Detailed accounts of the competitive marketing tactics used by coffee companies in America throughout the past hundred plus years as well as the history of the bean as it influenced coffee producing countries and their export relationships with the United StatesTHE BAD Writing with a journalistic and not objective historical tone which means the text is replete with the authors anachronistic judgments on everything from what advertisements were sexist to what coffee blends and methods are poorsuperior etcOverall however I learned a lot Worth the read even though some of it felt like I was slogging through it

  4. says:

    Years ago I'd read a book called The Devil's Cup by Stewart Lee Allen which functioned as a combination traveloguehistory of coffee throughout the world and thoroughly enjoyed it The author traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East meeting unsavory characters and having memorable misadventures at one point finding himself an art smuggler while retracing the path coffee took from Eastern Africa through Yemen and the Ottoman Empire through Europe and into the New WorldI'd worried when I picked up this book a much well known work that is often seen as the definitive take on coffee that it would be redundant; however the focus is so different that there's very little repetition from Allen's book to this one In this book Pendergrast concerns himself primarily with coffee's impact in the United States There's a little bit about Europe and Africa and a paragraph here and there referring to Asia including the interesting fact that Vietnam is the world's second leading producer of robustaAll told this is of a book about big business and economics in particular the market manipulation in Latin America and the influence of various right wing and left wing dictatorships The book also deals with the rise of the familiar brands Maxwell House Folgers and of course Starbucks All in all I preferred Allen's book but this one is comprehensive exhaustively researched and suitable as the one book to read about the history of coffee

  5. says:

    I rarely rated a book less than three stars but I made an exception for this book The title 'Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed our World' is totally misleading not to say deceiving It is better phrased as 'A History of Cheap Brands of Coffee in the United States of America' I read this book with the expectation that coffee as a healthily addictive drink can unite people of different nationalities with its uniue culture What Mark Pendergrast wrote instead was the coffee of history within America Perhaps it was not his fault after all but the faults of the hopeless publisher making a totally misplaced title

  6. says:

    Uncommon Grounds is exactly what I was looking for I had finished a similar commodity book Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky and was blown away I was hoping for the same experience and am happy to say that I found something similar The author goes into uite a lot of detail about the origin trade branding and uestionable medicinal ualities of coffee in a relatively entertaining fashion It gets a little bogged down at times but overall Pendergrast succinctly digests coffee's history in a way that is not for the most part overwhelmingly dragged down by minutia It's not an amazing book but for coffee drinkers who are curious about the history and trade of coffee it is most certainly enlightening I would have preferred the final chapter to have been the first chapter and to have said on the science behind the substances in coffee but otherwise it's a good read A example of the author's start to finish style of writing might help to entice possible readersAt the Smithsonian conference I heard a grower ask “We are shocked and confused that specialty roasters sell our coffee for 8 or 10 when we only receive a little over a dollar a pound How is that just?” While their US colleagues made sympathetic noises no one really answered the uestion Later a specialty coffee professional gave me an answer Let us say he pays 2 a pound for Colombian Supremo green beans and remember that this price can fluctuate Add 11 cents for freight in storage and handling 46 cents for the 18 percent weight loss during roasting 19 cents a pound for roasting 35 cents to hand pack in five pound valve bags for wholesale shipments and 40 cents for shipping costs That totals 351 Add 205 to cover overhead for the roasterdistributor everything from mortgages and machinery loans to sales commissions repairs and rubbish removal and profit and it costs 556 to deliver roasted coffee to a specialty retailer Depending on the retailer’s size rent and other overhead costs he or she must then charge between 950 and 1150 a pound to make a reasonable profit If the roasted beans go to a coffeehouse outlet the proprietor converts the 556 per pound beans into a twelve ounce regular coffee at 175 or cappuccino or latte for 250 or If the proprietor gets twenty four servings to the pound that translates to a whopping 70 a pound for regular filter coffee and 8250 a pound for thirty three lattes minus the cost of the milk stirrer sweetener and stale discarded coffee On the other hand coffeehouse owners have to pay astronomical rents shell out 18000 for a top of the line espresso machine and allow customers to linger for long philosophical conversations or solitary reading over their single cup of coffee

  7. says:

    This is an interesting look at all the political and economic forces that interacted with perhaps the most influential beverage of our time Anecdotes about the trajectories of the coffee industry in the 19th and 20th centuries are where this book shone the most for me The author has clearly done enormous research and offers up juicy tidbits about the cereal coffee wars instigated by EW Post of General Foods Post Cereal fame for example Stories of the first women coffee baronesses and the rampant sexism they faced were also fascinating Where the book suffers is by trying to be too ambitious A few mild criticisms1 Transformed our world in the title Really? The book references to Latin America are confined strictly to areas where the economics and marketing collided or coincided with American interests Ethiopia Kenya and other African coffee giants elicit passing mention at best A marketing and economic history of the coffee industry in the US or something like it would be apt2 It was very hard to find central themes or takeaways from a sweeping narrative I found myself struggling to summarize every chapter in my mind The final chapter was excellent in terms of offering a macro look at the future of coffee and its likely impacts but the rest of the book is essentially stream of consciousness Not a bad thing necessarily but something to be aware of3 This book could have used some brutal editing Forcing central themes and tighter academic style writing would have cut the intimidating length by 25% Of course that style of writing would have cut by review length by 50% Still a recommended read for lovers and haters of the brew alike

  8. says:

    I confess that I tried; I tried to sit ddown and read the history of coffee and it was just too much Too much history and too much information to absorb It's a wonderful book but overwhelming

  9. says:

    I just could not get in to this book Abandoned at 50%

  10. says:

    If you want an in depth detailed look at the history of coffee this is a great book to pick up From its discovery in Africa to how it became the second largest export in the world with oil being the first; from plantation to cup and everything in between this book covers it all It even describes the evolution of brewing techniues and instant coffees weaving the history of coffee in with the history of world I work in the coffee industry as mostly a barista I picked up this book in the hopes to learn a bit about what I was serving to people and possibly get a nice foundation for if I'm ever able to break into writing for CoffeeHouse Digest I must admit I got a lot than I expected with this book Did you know that in early history of the middle east a woman could initiate a divorce if her husband did not have enough coffee in the household? I certainly didn'tMy one complaint and the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that this book is very America Centric Not just the US but South America as well That is not to say that id doesn't cover the rest of the world It does and in great detail But the concentration is on the US and CentralSouth America Here's an example somewhere in the first half of the book the author spends a great deal of time speaking of pre depression era coffee consumption in the US then mentions in the last paragraph of the section how Germany at that time was actually the leader in coffee drinking countries But he doesn't spend nearly the amount of time on that as he does in the US Granted I don't know a whole lot about the history of coffee in other countries so maybe there isn't that much to tell However given how intricate and complex the story of coffee is in the States my impression is that a lot was missing in Pendergrast's account of coffee in other parts of the world Other than that one tiny complaint and believe me the wonderfulness of the book and its sizable length do make the complaint a tiny one I thought this was a great and informative read

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