Where the Wild Coffee Grows by Jeff Koehler

Where the Wild Coffee Grows

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.Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and superior of the two main species of coffee being cultivated today. Virtually unknown to European ex...

Details Where the Wild Coffee Grows

TitleWhere the Wild Coffee Grows
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury USA
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, History, Science, Business

Reviews Where the Wild Coffee Grows

  • Denise
    Being the coffee lover that I am, reading this book was a no-brainer for me. I love coffee and I was super interested to find out more about its history and production. Jeff Koehler brings to light the secret world of coffee production, and brings you behind the scenes to the sometimes secretive and shady, but ever lucrative, coffee business. I give this book four stars - the information was very interesting and enlightening, but the story lagged...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Those of us who rely on coffee for our caffeine boosts probably take the plant for granted, especially in the coffee-driven culture of the US. It's easy to pop into the corner coffee store for a refill or pick up any variety of bagged coffee at the grocery store. And while many of us probably like our flavored coffees--caramel or hazelnut or any of the many seasonal flavors--we never really think about the flavor of the coffee itself.While I fin...
  • Dale Dewitt
    A true love letter to the birthplace of coffee and our love affair with the drink. I loved this book, i learned so much about ethiopia as the birthplace of coffee and the people who bring it to market. I also learned about the way coffee has spread around the world and how the world loves and consumes such a ubiquitous beverage.
  • Kimberly Edwin
    This is an excellent book about the Kafa region of Ethiopia and the original coffee that grows there. I have seen coffee cultivations in Jamaica and was interested to learn that the arabica monoculture is in danger from rust fungus infestation. The wild coffee trees of Kafa offer biodiversity and these wild varieties could help stave off the total collapse of the coffee industry. I adore good coffee, as do many, and I also love Ethiopia, and have...
  • Cristina
    As Colombian-American, coffee is quite literally my lifeblood. I felt like I owed it to my multi-cup-a-day habit to learn a bit more about this precious beverage, and I found the history of mankind's relationship with this bean to be fascinating. The first few chapters were a bit long-winded and overly detailed while excavating the history of Ethiopian politics, tangential to the story at hand. But once the text returned to the global impact of c...
  • JB Finley
    Very interesting examination of coffee's origins in the wilds of Ethiopia, its spread around the globe, and its future. A must for people deeply interested in coffee. The most engaging parts, for me, are those where the author is writing from first-hand experience, on location in the cloud forests of Ethiopia. I should say, this review is partial because I am friends with Jeff Koehler and mentioned in his acknowledgements.
  • Pradeep Kumbhashi
    You will surely start enjoying your coffee lot more after you read this book. Book covers about history of coffee, coffee from different nations, diseases that can harm coffee plants, current situation about coffee plantations.Wish they also provided samples of all the coffee that they have mentioned,along with this book. Too much to ask for ;)
  • Gary Myers
    This book was an offbeat choice for me, but I was curious about the beginnings of the coffee story. However, I wasn't curious to read the entire book, so I stopped after the chapters covering my area of interest & I had skimmed some of the preceding chapters. I base my rating on the detail & quality of writing that I did read.
  • Cat
    I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself, but have folks who are both among family and friends. For those diehards- they will love this book! loaded with coffee facts and history. For the rest of us, interesting read!
  • Lauri Rottmayer
    As a self-proclaimed coffee achiever, I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading the history and culture of coffee. I found the book to be a little slow moving at times but, still, very interesting and worth the read. An ode to my favorite beverage. Well done!
  • Paul
    Very informative. Slight hiccups in the proofread and some seemingly unrelated tangents, yet it all circles back to the core idea: coffee cultivation is impressive, but coffee cultivation is in trouble and has been for longer than you might think.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    For all of us who love coffee fascinating read from Ethiopia and around the world an ode to coffee,Thanks to NetGalley & Bloomsbury for advance readers copy,
  • Amy
    NF219 pagesAn interesting read with a cup of coffee.