Friday, September 26, 2014

Fast Four Friday: Have a Jolt of Java

September 29th is National Coffee Day and your can celebrate this exciting day with YOUR Alexandria Campus Library. So come to campus on Monday and have a cup of fair-trade java on us while checking out some of these caffeinated titles.

Want to know how coffee is grown, harvested, shipped, roasted, traded, packaged, marketed, and consumed? This book has the entire life cycle of coffee covered.

Learn all about the dark and exploitative side of the coffee industry, as well as ways you can purchase the commodity fairly, in this exploration of the true human and environmental costs of our collective coffee consumption.

This multi-generational saga, written by Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna, is set on a coffee plantation in West Africa. The novel touches on themes of family, colonialism, and the consequences of war.

Finally, for a comprehensive guide to all things java check out this academic anthology.  It covers all aspects of the coffee industry, profiles both grower and consumer cultures, and ends with discussions of the future of coffee (please say coffee robots).

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