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Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

The story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks.

Prologue: The Oriflama Harvest

Introduction: Puddle Water or Panacea?

PART ONE - SEEDS OF CONQUEST

Chapter 1: Coffee Colonizes the World

Chapter 2: The Coffee Kingdoms

Chapter 3: The American Drink

Chapter 4: The Great Coffee Wars of the Gilded Age

Chapter 5: Hermann Sielcken and Brazilian Valorization

Chapter 6: The Drug Drink

PART TWO - CANNING THE BUZZ

Chapter 7: Growing Pains

Chapter 8: Making the World Safe for Coffee

Chapter 9: Selling an Image in the Jazz Age

Chapter 10: Burning Beans, Starving Campesinos

Chapter 11: Showboating the Depression

Chapter 12: Cuppa Joe

PART THREE - BITTER BREWS

Chapter 13: Coffee Witch Hunts and Instant Nongratification

Chapter 14: Robusta Triumphant

PART FOUR - ROMANCING THE BEAN

Chapter 15: A Scattered Band of Fanatics

Chapter 16: The Black Frost

Chapter 17: The Specialty Revolution

Chapter 18: The Starbucks Experience

Chapter 19: Final Grounds

Appendix: How to Brew the Perfect Cup

NOTES ON SOURCES