Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World – Mark Pendergrast
Did you know that Coffee is the 3rd most consumed drink after water and tea and the 2nd most traded commodity in the world after petroleum?
Mark Pendergrast’s ‘Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World’, tells the story of this magical bean from its discovery on a hill in Ancient Abyssinia and journey to different parts of the world, to the advent of big modern day coffee brands.
Get an in depth account of the competitive tactics used by coffee companies over the last 100+ years as well as the political and economic implications of its trade.
If you want an in depth look at the history of coffee, its journey from plantation to cup, the evolution of brewing techniques and instant coffee, this book covers it all while weaving the history of coffee in with the history of world.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In a small back alley in Tokyo lies a coffee shop called ‘Funiculli Funiculli’ which has been serving a carefully brewed coffee for more than a hundred years. This isn’t any ordinary café, but one that offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
But this experience doesn’t come without risks. Customers must sit in a particular seat, they can’t leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. The consequences of breaking any of these rules drive many to give up the very idea of doing so.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
Grab a cup of hot coffee and time travel back in time on an emotional journey with the author … but make sure you get done before the Coffee Gets Cold.