9.03.2014

The History of Coffee


The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee
Third in a series of posts of books available on the history of Coffee



The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee


In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen, where coffee beans were first cultivated eight hundred years ago, to a cavernous coffeehouse in Calcutta, the drinking spot for two of India’s three Nobel Prize winners . . . from Parisian salons and cafés where the French Revolution was born, to the roadside diners and chain restaurants of the good ol’ U.S.A., where something resembling brown water passes for coffee, Allen wittily proves that the world was wired long before the Internet. And those who deny the power of coffee (namely tea-drinkers) do so at their own peril.


*As of this posting it's available on Amazon for less than $10 (both the paperback and Kindle versions) and if you want a used version of hard cover, there were used versions today starting at $.24 - yep, less than a quarter.)