Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee


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The extraordinary tale of the wildfire spread of a drink which is embedded in our history and our daily cultural life - and which provides a compelling allegory for corporate greed, mercantile ruthlessness and global expansion. Arguably the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil, coffee's dark five-hundred year history links alchemy and anthropology, poetry and politics, and science and slavery. Revolutions have been hatched in coffee houses, secret socities and commercial alliances formed, ...

Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee 2005, HarperPerennial, London

ISBN-13: 9781841156569

Mass-market paperback