"Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola"

Coca-cola has pretty much permeated every aspect of global culture: music*, television, the Olympics, cinema, and even the extreme sport of antiquing. We’ve all heard the awful facts: 8 teaspoons of sugar per can and powerful enough to clean a dirty penny. What we don’t often hear is the global impact of this multinational corporation, whether it's water depletion in India or the repression of unions in Columbia. Same can be said about the coffee industry and coca production, which also figure in Ricardo Cortés’ fascinating work A SECRET HISTORY OF COFFEE, COCA, AND COLA. With beautiful illustrations, Cortés reveals the untold story of three of the most consumed plants on Earth and our problematic relation to them.

* I went with The Band/Dylan here, but really, I could have gone for anything else... The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, oh, and the best band ever: Aqua!

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