And so it begins... my first book recommendation related to (but not limited to) the coffee industry. I picked this book up at the beginning of 2016. It took me a few months to finish it; mainly because I I was reading it in short bursts between other books. I don't like the void that is left when I finish a book and have nothing lined up next, so I'm always reading multiple books. It's important to note that this is not a technical book in regards to brewing or brew science. This is a coffee history book that chronicles the ins and outs of coffee and the industry itself.
This is a factually dense book that is hard to digest at times. Some chapters are better than others, but for the most part it's a good read. It's a bit cold at times due to the author trying to cover every possible aspect of the topic at hand. You may find yourself re-reading a chapter or two in order to fully absorb the details. I'm not sure if it was the factual density that caused me to re-read these chapters, or if I just kept falling asleep and forgetting what I was reading. I have a bad habit of trying to read books in bed after a long day. No matter how exhilarating the content, I still manage to drop the book on my face multiple times before eventually giving up for the night.
I have taken away a lot of information from these pages. If you're interested in the history of coffee and the various companies that have dabbled in coffee since its inception, this is the book for you. It's available on amazon in paperback for a whopping $16.34.