The Beautiful Beans is an exploration of coffee around the globe, from farms high in the tropical cloud forests of Central America, through the complex roasting process and finally into the hands of skilled baristas.
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.
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