Highly recommended by our team of coffee professionals - The story of how coffee has come to be grown around the world, consumed by billions of people every day, and how it has impacted nearly all facets of society. An entertaining look at the history of the coffee industry & where it stands today. Mark Pendergrast, a scholar (not a coffee professional) gives us an unbiased view of the coffee world we live in today.
Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous “Coffee Crisis” that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “third-wave” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.