Where The Wild Coffee Grows by Jeff Koehler

Where The Wild Coffee Grows by Jeff Koehler


Thoughtful book about the history of coffee, including a nice center photo spread.

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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.

Editorial Reviews: 

"Koehler’s re-creation of this lost realm--the Eden of the misnamed CoffeaAbrabica--is enchanting and tragic. His depiction of its disappearance is almost Tolkienesque . . . Koehler weaves an absorbing narrative of politics, ecology and economics." - The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

"A deep dive into the fascinating history of coffee that meanders from the once-isolated, deep forests of Ethiopia's Kafa region to the warm embrace of your local bodega. Coffee’' path to world domination is anything but straightforward and this story might be unwieldy in the hands of a lesser talent, but Koehler is more than up to the task. A must-read for coffee enthusiasts." - Smithsonian, “The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017

"Fascinating . . . Readers will walk away with a better understanding of how a local crop transformed to an essential global commodity." - Real Simple, “The Best New Books to Read This Month”

"A wide-ranging natural history [that] illuminates the pleasures and the plight of wild coffee." - Science