Coffee Break? Enjoy These Books about Coffee

January 18, 2012 | M. Elwood

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The coffee world is buzzing (possibly literally) with the news that Tim Horton's is enlarging its cups so that the largest will now hold 24 oz.  I'm passionate about coffee but this sounds like too much even for me. 

In any case, the extra caffeine should keep us awake long enough to read these books about coffee.



The Coffee Trader by David Liss
In 1659 Amsterdam, struggling trader Miguel Lienzo decides to risk everything he values in order to corner the market on an astonishing new commodity--coffee.

A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez
This Kabul coffee shop offers refreshment and much more to a diverse clintele.

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
Set on a southern Indian coffee plantation at the turn of the twentieth century. Devi Nachimada is determined to win the heart of the daring tiger hunter Machu. When her plans fall apart, there are devastating consequences for the plantation.

Too Much Coffee Man's Amusing Musings: Notions, Insights, Ideas, Theories, Inklings, Realizations & Thoughts by Shannon Wheeler
No list of coffee-related books would be complete without Too Much Coffee Man--an over-caffeinated superhero who spends much of his time in coffee shops debating about the state of the world with his sidekick, Too Much Espresso Guy. (Graphic Novel)

The Various Flavours of Coffee by Anthony Capella
Finicky coffee-lover Robert Wallis is hired to help create a coffee bean reference manual in 19th century England.

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The Art and Craft of Coffee: an Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Roasting and Brewing Exquisite Coffee by Kevin Sinnott
Sinnott aims to make everyone a coffee connoisseur with this fun and informative book.

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and Survival by Daniel Jaffee
This detailed study of Mexican coffee farmers investigates the social, financial and environmental impacts of the fair trade movement.

Coffee: a Dark History by Antony Wild
European coffee trader Wild traces the 500 year history of the industry, focusing particularly on the politics surrounding the production of coffee beans.

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Between 1914-1931, Danish aristocrat Karen Blixen owned and operated a coffee plantation in Kenya. This memoir, published under her pen name, documents the many joys and heartbreaks of her time in Africa.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World by Mark Pendergrast
Pendergrast believes coffee is the second most important commodity in the world today. In this book he traces its history and influence.

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