Geography of Coffee & Tea Encyclopedia

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2009

Project Description/Abstract

No beverage is more widely consumed than tea, except for water; no commodity is more widely traded than coffee, except for oil. Academic and popular interest in the ecology, cuisine, social context, and cuisine of tea and coffee are growing. Geographers are teaching courses about both beverages and conducting some interesting research, but no comprehensive and accessible work covers both beverages from a geographic perspective. Geography of Coffee & Tea will include two comprehensive volumes of topical and regional articles about these important beverages. To write the coffee volume, I will use databases and secondary sources to build on knowledge I have gained from field visits and industry connections over the past several years. For the tea volume, I will combine library research with field visits and networking within the domestic and international phases of that industry.

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