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Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world. This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future, by the IACP Award-winning author of Darjeeling.Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and superior of the two main species of coffee being cultivated today. Virtually unknown to European explorers, the Kafa region was essentially off-limits to foreigners well into the twentieth century, which allowed the world's original coffee culture to develop in virtual isolation in the forests where the Kafa people continue to forage for wild coffee berries.Deftly blending in the long, fascinating history of our favorite drink, award-winning author Jeff Koehler takes readers from these forest beginnings along the spectacular journey of its spread around the globe.

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Jeff Koehler

Jeff Koehler is an American writer, traveler, photographer, and cook.

His writing, recipes, and photographs have appeared in many publications, including NPR.org, the Washington Post, NationalGeographic.com, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, EatingWell, Los Angeles Times, CS Monitor, Afar, Men's Journal, Atlantic Monthly online, Virtuoso Life, Dwell, Tin House and Penguin's literary journal The Happy Reader. He has work included in Best Food Writing 2010 and other anthologies, and has been awarded a prize by the North American Travel Journalist Association.

His latest book is Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea is published by Bloomsbury (May 2015) .

He is the author of four cookbooks. Spain: Recipes and Traditions was published in 2013 to glowing reviews and was named one of year's best cookbooks by the New York Times, NPR's Here and Now, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Poor Man's Feast, the Washington, D.C., public libraries, and elsewhere.

Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes (2012) was named a top cookbook by the CS Monitor. Publishers Weekly ran three pieces on the book: "Some international cookbooks stimulate appetites and others induce wanderlust--this survey of Moroccan cuisine does both. Food writer and photographer Jeff Koehler captures the complexity of his subject matter with the exacting detail of a scholar and the color and sensuality of a spice market." Koehler, another PW reviewer wrote, had "produced a cookbook that's almost too pretty to sully with crumbs. Almost. If only the recipes here, spanning iconic dishes to street foods, weren't so darned appealing."

Rice, Pasta, Couscous: The Heart of the Mediterranean Kitchen (2009) was called "a palate-rousing roundup for those with a taste for travel" (Publishers Weekly) . "Koehler's patient, detailed instructions and color commentary are transporting."

And his first book, La Paella: Deliciously Authentic Recipes from Spain's Mediterranean Coast (2006) has become the standard on Spain's iconic dish and was named by the New York Times as a noteworthy cookbook. It has gone through numerous printings and continues with strong sales, often the number one selling Spanish cookbook on Amazon.com.

The Seattle Times perhaps summed it up best, calling Koehler "a natural writer and storyteller."

He has largely photographed his own cookbooks: NPR called the photography in Spain "simply stunning," Publishers Weekly noted the "sumptuous photograph [that] complete the almost-like-being there experience" in Morocco, while the Chicago Tribune called that same book "beautifully photographed."

Koehler has also photographed two cookbooks for Ten Speed Press, Teresa Barrenechea's The Cuisines of Spain

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