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Spilling the Beans

Second Edition


Coffee is important. For some, it is the fuel that gets you through the day. For others, it is a business and a

livelihood. It is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil, its production employs over 25 million people worldwide, and it is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world as well. This book explores the rise of the ‘specialty’ coffee industry, which is driven by the constant pursuit of quality.

The book takes the form of a ‘commodity ethnography’, examining the cultures of coffee that are created throughout and around the production of the little brown beans.


Please contact the author to arrange purchase of a paperback edition, thanks!


My name is Annabel Townsend, and I really am a doctor of coffee! I wrote my PhD. thesis about ideas of quality in the coffee industry, from the University of Sheffield, UK. When I'm not making coffee, I write a lot of creative non-fiction, ride my bikes everywhere and enjoy life in the flat bit of Canada.

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