Today is National Coffee Day! To celebrate, this week’s featured book is Amberley Publishing’s Coffee: A Drink for the Devil by Paul Chrystal. This fascinating book examines coffee’s origins and the stories of its discovery, production, and consumption through time. Keep reading to see what readers think of this book.
Book Review: Coffee – A Drink for the Devil
Lucy Palmer | Fed Up and Drunk – The Food and Drink Guides Blog
“Packed with extraordinary legends and intriguing facts, Coffee – A Drink for the Devil tracks the history of the drink from its origins in Ethiopia and the Yemen through its arrival in Europe and Latin America to its status as worldwide beverage of choice, second only in popularity to tap water.”
“Immensely readable, Coffee– A Drink for the Devil contains plenty of period illustrations, adding visual appeal, and is in a handy format that makes it easy to pop in your bag and take with you. Appropriately for its subject matter, it’s the perfect companion for a leisurely visit to your favourite café and is the ideal coffee table book.”
Paul Chrystal: Coffee – A Drink for the Devil
“For years now the Establishment has been trying to decide whether or not coffee is good for us or not. Amberley’s brilliant new book looks at every aspect of coffee consumption with associated facts and figures – amply illustrated and full of fascinating facts and snippets about Britain’s favourite hot drink, this is essential reading for just about everyone that likes coffee. Superb! Time for a cup of coffee…”
About the Book
On average in the west coffee consumption is about a third to that of tap water. After petroleum, coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world. Over 7 million metric tons are produced annually. The market in the UK recorded a 6.4 per cent increase in sales in 2013 and there were 16,501 coffee shops across the country by the end of last year. Despite fifteen years of rapid expansion, Britain’s coffee-shop sector still remains one of the most successful in the UK economy and will continue to expand. Coffee shops are part of the fabric of our society now.
This book brings together the facts and ephemera relating to this globally crucial beverage, to examine its origins and the stories of its discovery, production and consumption through time. In doing so it shines an illuminating light on British social history and the social histories of other countries, either as producers or as consumers.