The History Of Coffee - 5 books to get you started

To be honest, blogger and Amazon are still not working together well and putting random strings of characters in the coding of links, making them inoperable. I literally have to go in and find and remove the string of characters - which is a pain and really, makes it time consuming and difficult to link to the coffee products on Amazon that I want to review.

BUT... I can't let Coffee Talking sit here un-updated right? So This morning as I sit here listening to Pink Floyd and pondering what to write I suddenly thought; What about the history of coffee? And a subsequent search of Amazon found almost 5,000 search returns. Wow. Ok then. Well, how about if we just choose like, five of them?

Coffee Talk: The Stimulating Story of the World's Most Popular Brew
A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee
Coffee: A Dark History

What is it about coffee that makes it so popular across so many different cultures? Can it be the caffeine or is there something else about coffee that makes it so alluring?

No beverage has broader worldwide appeal. In North America and Europe, the annual amount of coffee consumed is overwhelming. And in China and even in India, the traditional stronghold of tea drinking, the coffee business has grown by leaps and bounds.

In the book Coffee Talk: The Stimulating Story of the World's Most Popular Brew, Satin traces the rich and intriguing history of coffee, showing how coffee consumption evolved to fit the social and economic needs of different times. His fascinating narrative dispels common myths and conveys such little-known facts as: the dark coffee bean originated in Africa, not South America, as many believe.

Today, of course, it is the indispensable wake-up beverage in most households throughout the West and the East. It is also the mainstay of the Starbucks phenomenon--a chain of coffeehouses whose popularity continues to soar. Satin even goes on to reveal the best techniques for home brewing. And he enlivens his narrative with stories of the fine art of the barista, which includes the World Barista Championship where rival barmen from around the globe display the highest artistry of coffee brewing.

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