The Devil’s Cup: A History of World According to Coffee is part travel memoir, part history book as author Stewart Lee Allen travels the globe looking for the history of coffee and it’s influences on the world. Allen visits Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, India, Brazil, several European counties as well as America. This book seemed to be right up my alley, but unfortunately the author fell short in a couple of areas. First, the travel portion should have been fleshed out more. There’s not enough description or history of the areas he visits, although he does give out samples. It left me wanting more. I appreciated the people in the book – it added color and a sense of place. All in all, however, the book felt disjointed and incomplete.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2003