The Devil's Cup : Coffee, the Driving Force in History Paperback
Can you handle mornings without a brew? No? Multiply that. Imagine an entire population under a cloud of lethargy, unable to kick start their days.
Now introduce coffee. Bingo. The brain moves into over-drive and it's time for empire building. So goes Stewart Lee Allen's crazy theory. Only thing is, after retracing coffee's journey to world domination - by train, rickshaw, cargo freighter and donkey - he has plenty of evidence to back it up. Stewart Lee Allen has filtered out the richest beans from coffee's hot and frothy history ...serving up a steamy, high-energy brew that will stimulate you more than a triple-strength espresso.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/06/2001
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9781841951430
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Review by imyril
Entertaining history / travelogue of coffee. I'm entirely unsure whether to believe even half of it is true, and I'm deeply disappointed in the author's final conclusion - but then I'm a coffee snob, not a comfort drinker. Nonetheless - a very amusing read.