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The Philosophy of Coffee
The Philosophy of Coffee

The Philosophy of Coffee


80 Pages, 5.25 x 7.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN 9780712352307

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Sep 2018)

Price: $13.95


A short, caffeine-fueled look into the history of coffee

This is a short, entertaining, and illuminating introduction to the history and culture of coffee, from the humble origins of the bean in northeast Africa over a millennium to ago, to what it is today, a global phenomenon that is enjoyed around the world. It is the perfect gift for coffee lovers, and includes chapters on the rise of the coffeehouse, legal bans on coffee, Brazil's domination of the world coffee trade, and the birth of the espresso.


"A beautifully illustrated guide to everything we could ever want to know about our morning cup of Joe." —Stylist

"Brian Williams's The Philosophy of Coffee is an espresso of a book: a short, potted, illustrated history with a strong British perspective." —Spectator

"Besides tips on brewing and infusion, [Brian] also dazzles us with statistics . . . we are all caffeine addicts now." —Tatler

Author Biography

Brian Williams blogs about the culture of coffee at Brian's Coffee Spot.