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MARK PENDERGRAST is an independent scholar who brews a fantastic cup of coffee. He is the author of many books, including For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Mirror Mirror, Inside the Outbreaks, and other books. He lives in Colchester, Vermont."

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"With wit and humor, Pendergrast has served up a rich blend of anecdote, character study, market analysis, and social history....Everything you ought to know about coffee is here, even how to make it."--New York Times
"A focused and juicy history of our last legal and socially acceptable drug"--Wall Street Journal
"Pendergrast's account satisfies because of its thoroughness....Pendergrast unearths coffee-based trade wars, health reports, and caf cultures, bringing to light amusing treasures along the way."--Mother Jones
"Ask anyone in the coffee world and they will cite this book as a favorite...[I]t gives a comprehensive understanding to the history and complexities of your favorite drink."--The Kitchn
"Pendergrast...has produced a splendid tale, setting out all one could hope to know about coffee."--Scientific American
"Pendergrast's broad vision, meticulous research, and colloquial delivery combine aromatically."--Publishers Weekly
"Uncommon Grounds is not only a good read but a vital one."--Washington Monthly
An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America....Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java"--Kirkus
"Pendergrast's sprightly, yet thoroughly scholarly, history of America's favorite hot beverage packs the pleasurable punch of a double espresso."--Booklist

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