Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup

Where the Wild Coffee Grows The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world This is the story of its origins its history and the threat to its future by the IACP Award winning author of Darjeeling Loca

  • Title: Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup
  • Author: Jeff Koehler
  • ISBN: 9781632865090
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future, by the IACP Award winning author of Darjeeling.Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and superior of the two main sCoffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future, by the IACP Award winning author of Darjeeling.Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and superior of the two main species of coffee being cultivated today Virtually unknown to European explorers, the Kafa region was essentially off limits to foreigners well into the twentieth century, which allowed the world s original coffee culture to develop in virtual isolation in the forests where the Kafa people continue to forage for wild coffee berries.Deftly blending in the long, fascinating history of our favorite drink, award winning author Jeff Koehler takes readers from these forest beginnings along the spectacular journey of its spread around the globe With caf s on virtually every corner of every town in the world, coffee has never been so popular nor tasted so good.Yet diseases and climate change are battering production in Latin America, where 85 percent of Arabica grows As the industry tries to safeguard the species future, breeders are returning to the original coffee forests, which are under threat and swiftly shrinking The forests around Kafa are not important just because they are the origin of a drink that means so much to so many, writes Koehler They are important because deep in their shady understory lies a key to saving the faltering coffee industry They hold not just the past but also the future of coffee.

    One thought on “Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup”

    1. Being the coffee lover that I am, reading this book was a no-brainer for me. I love coffee and I was super interested to find out more about its history and production. Jeff Koehler brings to light the secret world of coffee production, and brings you behind the scenes to the sometimes secretive and shady, but ever lucrative, coffee business. I give this book four stars - the information was very interesting and enlightening, but the story lagged in a few parts. However, I definitely recommend p [...]

    2. Those of us who rely on coffee for our caffeine boosts probably take the plant for granted, especially in the coffee-driven culture of the US. It's easy to pop into the corner coffee store for a refill or pick up any variety of bagged coffee at the grocery store. And while many of us probably like our flavored coffees--caramel or hazelnut or any of the many seasonal flavors--we never really think about the flavor of the coffee itself.While I find straight black coffee simply too bitter for my t [...]

    3. A true love letter to the birthplace of coffee and our love affair with the drink. I loved this book, i learned so much about ethiopia as the birthplace of coffee and the people who bring it to market. I also learned about the way coffee has spread around the world and how the world loves and consumes such a ubiquitous beverage.

    4. I adore coffee. I love it hot or cold, morning or night. When I found this book I just knew I had to read it.It starts out in Ethiopia where the coffee literally grows wild. It talks about how much coffee has changed their area of the world, even their culture. It goes on to explain its travel around the world until the way coffee is loved throughout the globe today.This would be a great book for any fellow coffee lover or anyone who is interested in the history of this amazing drink.* Thank you [...]

    5. This is an excellent book about the Kafa region of Ethiopia and the original coffee that grows there. I have seen coffee cultivations in Jamaica and was interested to learn that the arabica monoculture is in danger from rust fungus infestation. The wild coffee trees of Kafa offer biodiversity and these wild varieties could help stave off the total collapse of the coffee industry. I adore good coffee, as do many, and I also love Ethiopia, and have many books about it. Brew up some Yirgacheffe and [...]

    6. As Colombian-American, coffee is quite literally my lifeblood. I felt like I owed it to my multi-cup-a-day habit to learn a bit more about this precious beverage, and I found the history of mankind's relationship with this bean to be fascinating. The first few chapters were a bit long-winded and overly detailed while excavating the history of Ethiopian politics, tangential to the story at hand. But once the text returned to the global impact of coffee and threats to its future, the book was hard [...]

    7. This book was an offbeat choice for me, but I was curious about the beginnings of the coffee story. However, I wasn't curious to read the entire book, so I stopped after the chapters covering my area of interest & I had skimmed some of the preceding chapters. I base my rating on the detail & quality of writing that I did read.

    8. I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself, but have folks who are both among family and friends. For those diehards- they will love this book! loaded with coffee facts and history. For the rest of us, interesting read!

    9. As a self-proclaimed coffee achiever, I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading the history and culture of coffee. I found the book to be a little slow moving at times but, still, very interesting and worth the read. An ode to my favorite beverage. Well done!

    10. For all of us who love coffee fascinating read from Ethiopia and around the world an ode to coffee,Thanks to NetGalley & Bloomsbury for advance readers copy,

    11. Intriguing for stretches and maybe TMI in others, recommended for those who would be in trouble with their daily cuppa joe.

    12. A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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