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“Masterful and exhaustive . . . eye-opening lessons in economics, ethics, culture and science, resulting in a comprehensive overview of a commodity that is 2nd only to oil in its value to globe trade.” —Worcester Evening News Coffee trader and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most beneficial legally traded commodity in the planet following oil—an business that employs a hundred million individuals during the globe. From obscure beginnings in east Africa in the fifteenth century as a stimulant in religious devotion, coffee grew to become an imperial commodity, made by bad tropical countries and consumed by wealthy temperate ones. Via the centuries, the influence of coffee on the rise of capitalism and its institutions has been enormous. Revolutions were as soon as hatched in coffeehouses, business alliances were forged, secret societies were formed, and politics and art have been endlessly debated. Today, although coffee chains spread like wildfire, coffee-generating nations are in crisis: with rates at a historic reduced, they are plagued by unprecedented unemployment, abandoned farms, enforced migration, and enormous social disruption. Bridging the gap between coffee’s dismal colonial previous and its perilous corporate present, Coffee reveals the shocking exploitation that has always lurked at the heart of the industry.
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