This engaging guide traces the history, cultivation, and culture of coffee, as well as the major factors influencing the industry today. Robert Thurston provides a readable, concise overview of coffee from the time the seeds of the coffee fruit are planted to the latest ideas in roasting and making beverages. He considers cultivation and its challenges, especially climate change; new research on hybridization; the history of coffee and cultural change surrounding it around the world; devices, new and old, for making coffee drinks; the issue of organic versus conventional agriculture; and the health benefits of the brew. The first book that coffee lovers naturally will turn to, it will also appeal to anyone interested in globalization, climate change, and social justice.
Conversational and comprehensive, Robert Thurston’s blend of entertaining anecdotes, home experiments, and reliable statistics answers with precision the questions asked by coffee enthusiasts. Going beyond thoughtful explanations about ‘how’ the global coffee industry works, Thurston provides satisfying answers on ‘why’ it works and what can be done to make it work better.
Coffee is an inspiration that goes beyond our knowledge, our boundaries, and our limits. Robert Thurston has felt this inspiration since his first visits to coffee-producing countries, and he has put that experience into transformative and knowledgeable words. Now we can taste more than just a cup of coffee; we can envision a coffee farm and, more important, a coffee-farming family. This superb book closes our knowledge gap and makes all of us more sensitive, emotional, and informed about coffee.