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Coffee Books (all) - Martin Moran's Review
Posted: January 12, 2008, 11:32am
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Arrow The Coffee Books (all) has 22 Reviews
Arrow The Coffee Books (all) has been rated 8.56 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Carl S Lau 9.20
Carl S Lau 9.00
James Schulman 9.00
Carl S Lau 8.50
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Product Reviewed: Uncommon Grounds
Manufacturer: Basic Books Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $18.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chapters Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: An excellent book, well worth the read.
Positive Product Points

A very nice and easy read - detailed, but not excessively challenging; filled with facts and anecdotes.  Fantastic review on how the wonderful brew degraded and weakened over the 20th century, until the rise of the local and chain specialty coffee shop.

Negative Product Points

Agreed with Mark, as a Canadian this is a very US-centric book, although that is likely the largest market for it anyway.  Published in 1999, it has not been updated at all, given the ongoing rise of Starbucks and the emergence of Seattle's Best, etc., etc.

Detailed Commentary

This is a really fun read, and I've enjoyed the book immensly.  I am rereading it as we speak and really enjoy the history of the spread of the bean from Africa, the global trade, and the ongoing history of the brew in North America.

He traces the history in several main sections - the first following the spread of the coffee bean throughout the world; the second tracking the spread of popularity, including across the American West, through the first canning of coffee; the third tracking the watering down of coffee in most households due to mass marketing, television and investigation by Congress into American coffee prices; and finally, the last, detailing in nearly 100 pages the rise of Starbucks from a small, single coffee house in Seattle to the boom of the specialty cafe.

Also of note is that he tries to educate - there is a (correct) recipie for making coffee in a press pot.  Used copies available on both amazon.com / amazon.ca and on ebay.

Worth the read.

Buying Experience

Very good.

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