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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Coffee: Have a Cup!

This Truxal Library Guide highlights library databases and ebooks to support learning about coffee as a crop, social conditions of cultivation, business and other interesting features of this wonderful tropical crop and beverage.

Coffee: Have a Cup!

Coffee: Have a Cup home page
eBooks about coffee
Books about coffee


Coffee is the name of the tropical evergreen plant, with elliptical green leaves that produce red "berries" which after fermented, are roasted and ground, producing the beverage also known as coffee.

Coffee as a beverage, can be drank in a variety of forms (hot and cold) and also constitutes the ingredient on many food products such as candy, ice cream, cakes, chocolates and cookies.

This exhibit presents books about coffee cultivation, business models for coffee shops, trade issues, and historical resources about the social conditions of coffee plant cultivation around the world.

Coffee today represents a commodity for consumers that has centuries of production with a rich history of cultivation. Coffee, as a consumption item, represent a myriad of social relations and meanings tied to its status and consumption ambiance.

Background Information

Ebooks in the library's collection can be accessed from off campus with a library card number. Apply for a free library card now

Websites of Interest

Fair Trade. Definition from Britannica.

Fair trade. Definition from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Folgers: Our Story: Then, Now, Always. Discover how a young man's journey in 1850 became The Best Part of Wakin' Up today.

The Gevalia Sustainability Initiative: At Gevalia, we know that every cup of our rich, never bitter coffee begins with a coffee farmer. That’s why Gevalia has partnered with TechnoServe, a world leading not-for-profit that promotes business solutions to poverty in the developing world. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for Honduran coffee.

Kraft Heinz reviews options for its Maxwell House coffee business, including possible sale, as looks to reshape its food empire. Article by Lauren Hirsch. The article discusses how Maxwell House is modernizing it's business.

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