How do you start your day? What is the first thing you think of as you wake up? How do you kick off your tiredness? To me, one word pops into my mind: Coffee. 您如何开启新的一天?当您醒来时首先映入您脑海的是什么?您又如何来赶走疲倦?对我来说,我头一个冒出来的想法就是:咖啡。 coffee 02 coffee 03 There is a classic Turkish proverb to describe vividly about coffee: coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. 有一句经典的土耳其谚语,非常贴切地形容了咖啡:咖啡应该像地狱般黝黑,死亡般强烈,爱情般甜美。 coffee 04 coffee 05 Recently I’ve been reading this book, “The Devil’s Cup”. It explains everything about coffee, the driving force in history. This book has been very interesting - partial, but true- view to our history through coffee’s perspective. Part historical travelogue, part cultural exploration with witty commentary on the importance of coffee and the coffee culture to the development of society. 最近,我正好在读这本书“咖啡隐史”。该书涉及了咖啡的方方面面,咖啡推动了历史。这种观点当然很有趣 – 也许不尽真确,但也有理有据 – 从咖啡的角度来阐释历史。追溯历史沿革,探寻文化踪迹,书里用机智妙语对咖啡的重要性进行了点评,揭示了咖啡文化对社会发展起到的作用。 4 coffee 06 This book is funny but filled with knowledge and sometimes shocking information about the history of it as drug and addiction. Entertaining and enlightening, I picked it up for the micro history part of the Read Harder challenge and I’m very glad I did. I felt it provided me with a cultural rationale for my love and dependence on coffee. 这本轻松的书也不乏有关咖啡作为药品和成瘾性的知识,有时候这些信息能让读者为之一振。寓教于乐之间,我挑选了这本书作为仔细阅读挑战之一的一本书,我很高兴我这样做了。我觉得这本书给我对咖啡的热爱和依赖提供了文化理论依据。 coffee 07 coffee 08 To witness the history of coffee was interesting, intriguing, and enthralling. Especially since it also educated me on Middle-Eastern sects and divisions that I had been very confused about before reading. Especially in the 600 - 1500 A.D. components of Middle Eastern countries’ histories. 见证咖啡的历史变迁既有意思,又引人入胜。尤其通过该书我进一步了解了长期以来混淆不清的中东派别。特别是该地区公元600-1500年间的各国历史。 coffee 09 If I had stopped at the 75% point of this book, I would say 4 starts. But after reading it through, its stories, history, the influence of coffee and its wittiness, I have to say this is worth 5 stars and is very recommended. There are much facts and educational side of this book that enhances your knowledge too. 如果我仅仅乐于这本书的75%,我会给它4颗星。然而,当我读完合卷,它的故事、历史、它娓娓道来的咖啡影响和字里行间迸发的连珠妙语,5颗星实至名归,我极力推荐。这本书呈现了很多史实富有教育意义,能给到您很多知识。 coffee 10 As many of you know, coffee is one of my biggest passions so to find a book and to learn more about it and expand my knowledge, this was a fun and quick to read. 正如你们所知,咖啡一直都是我的心头所好,所以能找到这样一本书,从中对咖啡有更深入的了解,拓宽我的知识面,读起来自然饶有兴趣。 coffee 11 Why don’t you pick it up today and share your thoughts with me? 不如您也今天捧起这本书与我分享您的心得吧。 angela-signature2-a-moved-out

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Angela Bi is an international citizen who has lived both in Shanghai and Vancouver Canada. She’s worked in immigration for over a decade and has experienced first hand the joys of living overseas. Angela Bi 是生活在中国上海及加拿大温哥华两地的世界公民。她从事专业移民行业已有十余载,并掌握着旅居海外的一手乐活体验。

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