A Few Great Books About Coffee

April 28, 2023 (Published: April 18, 2012)

Out of Africa

Few experiences in life are more enjoyable than savoring a cup of specialty coffee while perusing the pages of a thought-provoking book. Here are a few volumes to consider if you’d like to learn more about the drink you’re sipping.

Uncommon Grounds

One classic is Out of Africa, written by Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke under the pen name Isek Dineson. This lyrical memoir about Blixen’s experience living on a coffee plantation in Kenya during the early 20th century became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry

Another of our favorites is Mark Pendergrast’s Uncommon Grounds: The History Of Coffee And How It Transformed Our World. Any coffee enthusiast who loves history will thoroughly enjoy this book. The author delves behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of the coffee industry, from its origins as an Ethiopian shrub to modern coffee production and marketing.

If you’ve ever thought about opening a coffee shop of your own, you might want to check out Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry, by Crimson Cup’s own Greg Ubert. It’s an easy read, and will tell you everything you need to know to get started.

Spring’s rainy days offer a perfect time to catch up on your reading list, especially with a hot cup at hand. So pull up a chair or curl up on the couch and enjoy!

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