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Coffee

A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry
Narrated by: Dan Kassis
Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • 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.

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  • Nami87
  • 25-05-2016

An extremely interesting book

This book is THOROUGH! But I learned so much from it. I'm most likely going to have to listen to it once again but I really felt I got an in depth look at coffee and how it is viewed, bought, revered, feared and dealt with on a global AND local level. If you have EVER wondered about coffee, this is the book to listen to.

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  • Kenneth Exner
  • 19-10-2015

informative

all chapters written by different people great info and I will reference often. am a coffee roaster and a drinker of specialty coffee

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  • Jennifer Lechuga
  • 10-08-2018

boring

This book has lots of good information, but the narration is monotone and makes it excruciating to listen to.

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  • Matthew
  • 23-05-2020

Encyclopedic Guide

An exhaustive guide to just about everything in the world coffee industry. A large part of the book looks at each coffee producing country, one by one in painstaking detail. Chapters are also there for the history and development of the drink. A good book if you want to know all the intricate details and facts and figures. If you are looking for advice on how to make a great cup of coffee there are probably better guides available. The final chapter here, only about 15 minutes, does give some good information on making coffee, though basic details only.

The reader does a decent job, but mispronounces foreign words all over the place (not uncommon with American readers) which is a bit distracting.

Still, a good detailed guide to the coffee business and its history. After this, coffee can be your specialist subject on any quiz night.

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  • GIBA
  • 10-03-2020

A very detailed all rounder

Excellent insides into the technicalities of coffee production, brewing and the industry. I appreciated most the explanation of the different coffee related organizations and traveability facts like the US Fairtrade label. Thank you for this audiobook.

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  • Mike
  • 29-06-2017

Every subject is covered...now I understand

Chapters are introduced with subject headings so the more detailed regional reviews can be skipped if you like. Great insight and read by a calm warm voice. Great book Mr Thurston.
I'm off for a coffee...! Mikedp566@gmail.com