Java Jive

Hit this list for a percolating look into the culture of coffee--its histories, mysteries, and accouterments.

Espresso! Starting and Running Your Own Coffee Specialty Business

By Joe Monaghan

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Would you like to make money at a coffee shop rather than just spend it? Learn how to start your own shop for as little as $15,000. Tips and tricks for finding a location, getting financing, locating suppliers, and more.

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Coffee: The Bean of My Existence

By Rosanne Daryl Thomas

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Celebrating the joys and dangers of loving coffee, a journey through words and pictures traverses the seven rings of coffee addiction with a desperate coffee and cartoon addict who tells the story of his consuming passion.

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Coffee: A Dark History

By Antony Wild

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Coffee trader and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil—and an industry that employs one hundred million people throughout the world.

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Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-gangs, Freakshows and Female Education

By Liza Picard

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Coffee shops have been used as gathering places for a long time. During their mid-eighteenth century incarnation, they served as a meeting place for middle class up and comers and political radicals.

As might be surmised from the title, Dr. Johnson's London gives glimpses into the various sights, smells, and practical matters of life in long ago London for criminals, the poor, the middle class, high society and royalty. The author draws largely from original sources.

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