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Uncommon Grounds : The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Learn world history while reading about coffee. I love this book.
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One of the issues that Pendergrast focuses on is the stark social contrasts between where coffee is grown and the markets where it is consumed. As we read on it becomes very apparent that for Pendergrast, researching this book was part moral lesson. He pays special attention to issues of economic justice and makes us see some of coffee's story in this light. He says coffee "laborers earn an average of $3 a day. Most live in abject poverty without plumbing, electricity, medical care, or nutritious foods". After shipping and processing the product arrives here at market where "cosmopolitan consumers routinely pay half a day's Third World wages for a good cup of coffee." Along these same lines Pendergrast talks about a movement in the speciality coffee sector towards the idea of "fair trade" coffee which seeks - in the slogan of one of the companies - to offer "Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup".

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Happy coffee day

Everyone!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Coffee_Day

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Fair-Trade Coffee, Hmmmmm...

...is that an elitist, yuppie, sophisto-word? ;)

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

As you read this fantastic world history book...

enjoy the appropriate sounds...

http://youtu.be/DCraZGSl7XQ

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Not Just a Cup, But a Just Cup

Is the slogan of MY coffee by our local coffee company Thanksgiving Coffee Co http://www.thanksgivingcoffee.com/

I've never been a coffee drinker--

and I won't buy chocolate or cocoa that isn't at least organic, if not fair trade AND organic--

I don't like supporting slavery--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

For the love of God...

don't buy pre-ground coffee.

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don't be a coffee snob.

don't be a coffee snob.

I'm trying to stop you from

I'm trying to stop you from drinking ground-up roaches. The FDA allows up to 10% of coffee beans to be infested with roaches prior to roasting and grinding.

Nothing snobbish about it, so stop being so defensive about your crappy coffee. I drank Maxwell House until I found out about this. I've never ground my own coffee before, so now I have to make some changes.

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A counterpoint

to your (admittedly well-reasoned) argument is that humans have been eating insects for thousands of years. Even certain brands of expensive cheese are prized for the mites that live on, and actually *are* the crust.

Yes, the thought of eating insect parts is unpleasant, but many of them are actually very nutritious. Can't get any more organic than eating bugs off the ground, now can you? ;)

Also, you, me, and everyone else has mites and parasites living all over our bodies...we just can't see them with the naked eye.

EDIT: I always laugh when people reply to old posts, and here I go doing it. ;/

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that's so cool

I haven't heard about this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimolette

I am gonna have to hunt some of this cheese down now. Off the Whole Foods!

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

well sometimes in this life

well sometimes in this life you just have to eat your roaches and suck it up. do you realize everything else you eat also is allowed to have bugs in it? do you raise your own wheat harvest?

Regardless, you actually have

Regardless, you actually have the option to avoid them with the coffee.

You're welcome.

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Hmm. what makes you think the

Hmm. what makes you think the beans you buy don't also have FDA limits for insect damage? what does the FDA's rules have to do with actual quality? since when do we rely on the FDA to make decisions in the market?

Just because the FDA refrains from taking action unless a certain threshold is reached, does not mean that that upper threshold is the standard practice. and this hype that ten percent of your coffee is made of bug parts is such ludicrous urban legend... the FDA simply won't take regulatory action unless a company is known to be selling a batch of coffee where more than 10% of the beans had shown any sign of insect damage. what do you prefer, insects or pesticides?

anyway, this is getting a bit academic.

unfair trade

Too bad the author knows nothing about economics:

Fair trade screws the workers --
http://www.learnliberty.org/videos/combating-global-poverty-...

interesting

thanks for the link

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus