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    Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry offers a definitive guide to the many rich dimensions of the bean and the beverage around the world. Leading experts from business and academia consider coffee's history, global spread, cultivation, preparation, marketing, and the environmental and social issues surrounding it today. They discuss, for example, the impact of globalization; the many definitions of organic, direct trade, and fair trade; the health of female farmers; the relationships among shade, birds, and coffee; roasting as an art and a science; and where profits are made in the commodity chain. Drawing on interviews and the lives of people working in the business-from pickers and roasters to coffee bar owners and consumers-this book brings a compelling human side to the story.

    The authors avoid romanticizing or demonizing any group in the business. They consider basic but widely misunderstood issues such as who adds value to the bean, the constraints of peasant life, and the impact of climate change. Moving beyond simple answers, they represent various participants in the supply chain and a range of opinions about problems and suggested solutions in the industry. Coffee offers a multidimensional examination of a deceptively everyday but extremely complex commodity that remains at the center of many millions of lives. Tracing coffee's journey from field to cup, this handbook to one of the world's favorite beverages is an essential guide for professionals, coffee lovers, and students alike.

    ©2013 Robert W. Thurston (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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    “This comprehensive guide to the coffee bean and the beverage itself includes contributions from leading experts in business and academia... By tracing coffee's journey from field to cup, the editor’s work to create a guide for professionals, coffee lovers, and students to help them better understand their favorite beverage.” ( Specialty Coffee Retailer)
    “A gift to every coffee lover and scholar: this monumental guidebook takes the reader from seed to cup, with stops in every time and place where coffee is significant. Even coffee fanatics will find many stories and details to savor in this rich and rewarding collection.” (Richard Wilk, Indiana University)

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    • FW1978
    • 03/11/2018

    Everything you need to know about coffee

    in 18,5 hours I got a crash course on coffee. I am trying to start my own coffee business and need to learn all I can about coffee. I might want to get a hard copy of this book and keep it as a reference for everything from science, agriculture, farming concerns and socioeconomics of coffee.

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    • Angela Armenta
    • 20/10/2018

    Good book for coffee nerds...

    This book is lengthy, but definitely thorough. Recommended for coffee enthusiasts and coffee nerds :)

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    • Beth
    • 04/09/2017

    tons on info. very broad.

    I needed a broad look and got some resources and names for some more in-depth looks at specific areas. a great resource for sure.
    Daniel Sanchez of Oval Dogs Coffee in Rio Rancho NM

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    • Shawn Cash
    • 10/08/2018

    Great Detailed Foundational Coffee Book

    This book is great for a basic foundation of all things coffee. That being said, I thought I knew something about coffee but after reading this I really can say I knew nothing. If you work in coffee, or simply enjoy coffee, you need to listen to or read this book!

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    • Cory Balliet
    • 21/01/2021

    extremely informative, and interesting

    This, as you may have noticed is a VERY long book, as someone just starting to take up an interest in specialty coffee I found it to be really interesting. I learned a lot about the plant that coffee comes from and really gained a new appreciation for the beverage and the industry. you probably won't like this book if youre not an overall curious and detail oriented person. There's a mix of science and history in this book. the book is a few years old so some of the info may no longer be relevant. overall though, definitely worth listening through.

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    • Joseph Duke
    • 04/01/2021

    Not What I expected

    This book seems to be aimed at those already immersed in the coffee industry and does not provide a good entry point to novice, like myself. I have only made it through about eight chapters and I’ve already concluded that this is a disorganized and disjointed collection of individual essays that do little to give one a sense of how the overall coffee trade operates, either now, or throughout history.

    For example, some of the first chapters are about the impact of climate change on coffee and the coffee industry. This is no doubt a crucial subject but the book does a disservice by not providing a firm foundations in the fundamentals of coffee without launching into such a complex and controversial topic.

    Not all of us are James Hoffman...

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    • APS
    • 07/12/2020

    One of the best books about coffee

    This book is unusual among books dealing with coffee, because it is a volume with separate articles by diverse authors. It covers a wider range of topics than most books on coffee, and in more detail. I read it over a long period, cover to cover, and got a lot out of it. If you are seriously interested in knowing more about coffee around the world and in the United States, including specialty coffee and the entire process from farm to table, you may find this book worthwhile. As an audiobook, it works well, among other reasons because it is not one of those coffee books where beautiful color pictures are the main attraction. Well read nonfiction for the coffee enthusiast and would-be expert.

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    • matthew
    • 02/07/2019

    great academic work

    this is an amazing academic collection. lots of great information. remember, this is not a story. it is a collection of academic essays.

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    • John
    • 19/02/2017

    Fun Information

    While I am glad I listened this is my first experience with a book that would have been better in print taken is small sips on a coffee table.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 30/08/2016

    This is the Moby Dick of books on coffee.

    Many will say they know the book, but few can claim the prize of reading every page. If you want to KNOW coffee, read this book. The contributions made by so many different writers to complete this work are valuable. The creators of the book prove that coffee is more than a hot, black and sweet substance. The livelihood of many rest in the success of coffee. Thank you authors, editors and publishers for your contribution. Read this book if you take coffee seriously.