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The HCT Reading List

  Beach season may still be a couple of months away but we think any time of year is a good time to sit down with a good book, especially if it’s about, centers around or is a history of COFFEE!!

So, with out much ado here are some of our favorite reads on our favorite topic.

Coffee Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate edited by Scott F. Parker.

A collection of 18 new essay all about our favorite brew covering everything from the history, ethics, metaphysics and philosphy. A great and varied read.

God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman. A journalist treks around the globe alongside of a few of the U.S’s leading coffee roasters (Stumptown, Intelligensia, Counter Culture) to deconstruct what it is that makes for the perfect cup of coffee.

The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen. A wild, raucus world tour of the history of the bean. “In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history?”

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast. From the Author of “For God, Counry and Coca-Cola” comes another highly caffeinated history but with a focus on economics and the social effects of the the worlds second most valuable commodity.

The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, David Liss’ second novel tells the story of a Portuguese Jew who sheds the confines of his culture to create a coffee dynasty with a Dutchwoman.

The Coffee Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide by Jon Thorn. A gorgeously illustrated guide to the finest coffee’s in the world, the best blends, beans and brewing methods.

Enjoy the books and let us know what you think of them! We’re inaugurating a special monthly drawing just for you, our beloved blog readers. Leave a comment, link back to or re-tweet our blog and you will automatically be entered in a monthly drawing for a bag of coffee. Any kind,  your choice. So comment, tweet, link, post away!

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