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Coffee in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Research Guide


La Marchande de Café. Engelmann. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The books in this section of the guide include works focusing on various aspects of coffee, including political conflict, farming, fair trade, barismo, coffeehouses, and labor. The selected book titles are grouped into two lists:

These lists  were curated thinking of coffee not only as a food product, but as a commodity that is part of the lives of millions of people across the globe. The books in the first section highlight the general history of the commodity, its influence in global history and culture, and the different elements that are part of this industry. These books look at the history of the coffee houses, the science of coffee, fair trade, the environmental and political impact the drink has made, and more. The books in the second section represent a regional focus on the coffee industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. These selected books cover  topics such as  the history of the commodity in Latin American, political conflicts that have revolved around coffee, and the history of coffee haciendas. In general, these books talk about how coffee shaped the lives of millions of people in the region. This section was compiled taking into consideration the the influence of scholarship produced in North America and Europe, as well as from Latin America and the Caribbean.