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Jeff TurrentineIn The Devil's Cup, Steward Lee penn has penned thisvey entertaining travelogue of his experiences in Calcutta, Vienna, Paris, Rio and other cosmopolitan locales searching for the origins and mythos behind the black liquid that binds all people: coffee. Allen's prose style is pretty hopped-up; he writes like someone who's willing to sneak into war zones or disguise himeself as a Muslim in order to get another cup...which is exactly what he is. Between escapades, he more than justifies his book's mock-portentous subtitle by providing us with delicious historical tidbits, most of which underscore Western culture's inability to rationalize the ineluctable need for caffeine with the ineffable sense that anything this powerful must be slowly killing us. Stewart Lee Allen's engaging voice and deadpan observations make this book truly enjoyable.
— Forbes FYI