Coffee History

The next time you’re standing in line at a hipster coffeeshop and someone starts to complain about the cost of their latte, feel free to wheel around and say to them, “Do you know how many people died growing this coffee so you could stand here and complain about it?”

That’s not a popular answer, but these aren’t popular times. Knowing where your food comes from isn’t just a fad, it’s essential to your health, nevermind understanding how the world around you really works.

For a daily dose of the planet’s most interesting coffee happenings, say, The Sprudge Guide to Coffee in Prague, check out Sprudge.com or the informative Perfectdailygrind.com. But if you want to dig deep into the sometimes uncomfortable history of coffee, and how fortunate we are to have it, here’s a few books worth considering:

The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee
by Stewart Lee Allen.

Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast

Coffee: A Dark History by Antony Wild

Or if you’re just looking for a historic overview of the world of coffee, plus the truly modern, The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann is excellent.