A Bumper Crop of Fair Trade Coffee Books

  • John M. Talbot University of the West Indies, Mona


The history of the world coffee market is a story of cycles of boom and bust. The most recent bust, one of the most severe in history, began in 1998 and started to ease in 2005. This period of severe crisis across the coffee producing countries in the developing world stimulated a growing interest in fair trade coffee as a means of helping the small farmers who were being devastated by historically low prices. As public interest and consumption grew, social scientists, as is their wont, set out to study the phenomenon. The result is the current bumper crop of books analyzing fair trade coffee.
How to Cite
Talbot, J. M. (2010). A Bumper Crop of Fair Trade Coffee Books. Journal of World-Systems Research, 16(2), 291-301. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2010.452
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