30. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Literary Fiction, Tracy

The Various Flavors of Coffee by Anthony Capella, 544 pages, read by Tracy, on 05/30/2012

This book is about love, love of coffee. In the year 1896 Mr. Pinker knew that the time was right to expand his coffee business in Victorian London. When he overhears Robert Wallis in a local cafe complain about that “the coffee tastes rusty” he offers him a job developing a guide that would describe various coffees that he blends and sells. Robert is an unemployed poet who doesn’t know anything about money but knows how to describe the taste and smell of coffee. As the story develops we learn a lot about where coffee is grown and how the market works. Robert is very self centered but over time he grows up and falls in love with Emily the bosses daughter. He is sent to Africa to learn how to grow coffee. You can’t help but like him even though he only has two things on his mind. Women and coffee.

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