Author: Mark Pendergrast
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2010-09-28
Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. In this updated edition of the classic work, Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous “Coffee Crisis” that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “third-wave” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.
In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.
Kaffee ist heute neben Tabak und Alkohol das wichtigste Genussmittel unseres Kulturkreises. Doch Kaffee war immer auch mehr als das. Seit seiner Entdeckung durch einen äthiopischen Ziegenhirten hat Kaffee die wirtschaftlichen, politischen und sozialen Strukturen ganzer Länder entscheidend beeinflusst. Die weltweite Kaffeekultur ist mehr als eine Kultur - sie ist ein Kult. Gut drei Jahre lang hat der amerikanische Autor Mark Pendergrast für dieses Buch recherchiert - unter anderem als Kaffeepflücker in Guatemala. Auf der Grundlage einer Vielzahl von Bildquellen, Interviews und Firmenporträts liefert er nun eine Kaffee-Saga, die dem Leser erstmalig einen umfassenden Überblick über die Erfolgsgeschichte der braunen Bohne entfaltet. Er verfolgt ihren alles andere als geradlinigen Weg von den Anfängen in der islamischen Kulturwelt über die Kaffeehäuser Europas, die Kaffeeplantagen Lateinamerikas bis zur trendigen Kaffeebar-Kette Starbucks, die im Verlauf der letzten Jahre zu einem festen Bestandteil der amerikanischen Alltagskultur geworden ist. Als Wirtschaftsjournalist fokussiert Pendergrast vor allem die politischen und ökonomischen Entwicklungen, die dazu geführt haben, dass heute weltweit etwa 25 Millionen Menschen in über 70 Ländern mit der Produktion, Verarbeitung und dem Vertrieb von Kaffee beschäftigt sind. Dabei spart er nicht an Anekdoten, bleibt aber immer an der Sache - mit manchmal liebevollem, aber immer kritischem Blick. Entstanden ist eine ebenso informative wie unterhaltsame Kulturgeschichte der Kaffeebohne, nicht nur für Insider des Kaffeegeschäfts. (Quelle: www.books.ch).
Author: Matt Lambert
Release Date: 2016-10-01
We are in a remarkable time in healthcare. Market forces, healthcare policy, and politics have converged to create opportunities that we haven't seen in the US or the UK for a century, when healthcare policies for the two countries diverged sharply. By coming full circle, we have a second opportunity to create a more sound and sustainable way to finance our healthcare here in the US. There is much to learn from studying the history of reform efforts on both sides of the Atlantic. But to bring about real transformation, we need to meet the same challenges we faced during the Progressive Era with new ideas and new behaviors. As long as we continue to empower the commercial health insurance industry in our reform efforts and continue our same political decision making processes, we can rest assured that there will be, UNREST INSURED.
Author: Mark Pendergrast
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2009-04-28
As our first technology for contemplation of the self, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel and perhaps even more universal. Mirror Mirror is the fascinating story of the mirror's invention, refinement, and use in an astonishing range of human activities-from the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Toltecs, to the fantastic mirrored rooms wealthy Romans created for their orgies, to the mirror's key role in the use and understanding of light. From Archimedes to Isaac Newton to Max Factor to David Hockney, this is the fascinating tale of one of the most remarkable inventions in human history and its effects on myth, religion, science, manners, and the arts.
Author: Mark Pendergrast
Publisher: Ediciones B
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Presenting the history of coffee from its discovery on an ancient Ethiopian hillside to its role as an elixir in the age of Starbucks, this account discusses the rise and fall of regional brands in the United States, the role of advertising, the global economic impact of coffee prices, and the recent emergence of specialty coffee retailers. The social and environmental ramifications of coffee are discussed in terms of recent campaigns for a livable wage and environmental protection in coffee producing nations such as Brazil, making this an excellent reference on what is considered the second most valuable exported legal commodity on earth.
Ein großer historischer Roman aus dem Amsterdam des 17. Jahrhunderts Amsterdam im 17. Jahrhundert – florierende Geschäftsstadt, Magnet für allerlei Menschen, die ihr Glück machen wollen. Miguel Lienzo, einst erfolgreicher Geschäftsmann, der durch Pech alles verloren hat, bekommt die Chance, in den Kaffeehandel einzusteigen, der bis jetzt noch in den Kinderschuhen steckt. Miguel wittert großes Geld. Doch er hat weder mit seinem Erzfeind Parido gerechnet, noch mit seinen Gefühlen für Hannah ...
Author: Nina Luttinger
Publisher: New Press, The
Release Date: 2011-05-10
Genre: Business & Economics
A freshly updated edition of the best introduction to one of the world’s most popular products, The Coffee Book is jammed full of facts, figures, cartoons, and commentary covering coffee from its first use in Ethiopia in the sixth century to the rise of Starbucks and the emergence of Fair Trade coffee in the twenty-first. The book explores the process of cultivation, harvesting, and roasting from bean to cup; surveys the social history of café society from the first coffeehouses in Constantinople to beatnik havens in Berkeley and Greenwich Village; and tells the dramatic tale of high-stakes international trade and speculation for a product that can make or break entire national economies. It also examines the industry’s major players, revealing how they have systematically reduced the quality of the bean and turned a much-loved product into a commodity and lifestyle accoutrement, ruining the lives of millions of farmers around the world in the process. Finally, The Coffee Book, hailed as a Best Business Book by Library Journal when it was first published, considers the exploitation of labor and damage to the environment that mass cultivation causes, and explores the growing “conscious coffee” market and Fair Trade movement.
Author: Peter Mitchell
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release Date: 2015-03-26
The Native American on a horse is an archetypal Hollywood image, but though such equestrian-focused societies were a relatively short-lived consequence of European expansion overseas, they were not restricted to North America's Plains. Horse Nations provides the first wide-ranging and up-to-date synthesis of the impact of the horse on the Indigenous societies of North and South America, southern Africa, and Australasia following its introduction as a result of European contact post-1492. Drawing on sources in a variety of languages and on the evidence of archaeology, anthropology, and history, the volume outlines the transformations that the acquisition of the horse wrought on a diverse range of groups within these four continents. It explores key topics such as changes in subsistence, technology, and belief systems, the horse's role in facilitating the emergence of more hierarchical social formations, and the interplay between ecology, climate, and human action in adopting the horse, as well as considering how far equestrian lifestyles were ultimately unsustainable.
Author: William Hoffman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2014-05-01
Scholars and policymakers alike agree that innovation in the biosciences is key to future growth. The field continues to shift and expand, and it is certainly changing the way people live their lives in a variety of ways. With a large share of federal research dollars devoted to the biosciences, the field is just beginning to live up to its billing as a source of innovation, economic productivity and growth. Vast untapped potential to imagine and innovate exists in the biosciences given new tools now widely available. In The Biologist's Imagination, William Hoffman and Leo Furcht examine the history of innovation in the biosciences, tracing technological innovation from the late eighteenth century to the present and placing special emphasis on how and where technology evolves. Place is often key to innovation, from the early industrial age to the rise of the biotechnology industry in the second half of the twentieth century. The book uses the distinct history of bioinnovation to discuss current trends as they relate to medicine, agriculture, energy, industry, ecosystems, and climate. Fast-moving research fields like genomics, synthetic biology, stem cell research, neuroscience, bioautomation and bioprinting are accelerating these trends. Hoffman and Furcht argue that our system of bioscience innovation is itself in need of innovation. It needs to adapt to the massive changes brought about by converging technologies and the globalization of higher education, workforce skills, and entrepreneurship. The Biologist's Imagination is both a review of past models for bioscience innovation and a forward-looking, original argument for what future models should take into account.