The Coffee Trader: Early Winter 2009 Reading Group

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Take a whiff, pour a cup and sit down for a good read with some friends. The Highly-Rated Book Group is pleased to present its Early Winter Book Read: The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss. We will begin reading this book January 5th 2009, and the reading schedule is posted below.

Do you take your coffee Black? Weak or strong? Cream? Sugar? Organic? Imported? Whole bean or ground? The Highly-Rated Book Group welcomes all coffee drinkers and drinkers of non-coffee beverages to our group with equal pleasure.

Your coffee moderator: vintage_books. Favorite coffee: RavensBrew Valentine's Day Blend; Favorite Tea: Mariage Fréres Marco Polo Tea
Your coffee blender, and jack of all trades: TheTortoise. Favorite Tea: Rooibos Tea

Our Sponsor
Dianne Sweeny, coauthor of
Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders, a real California horror story
Visit the book and film site here.
Dianne has graciously donated a single copy of her signed book as a prize for one of our Book Group members. Can you solve the murders?

Our Sponsor
Pat Doolittle is a fantastic painter and printmaker. Visit her site here.
Dianne has graciously donated a single painting of her hand-painted tulips as a prize for one of our contests. This is such a gorgeous one-of-a-kind unique painting we have decided to give it as a prize for a paid LibraryThing member for one of our Book contests.
Our Sponsor
We are very honored to have our first sponsor from Hong Kong! is a Hong Kong based company specializing in high quality teas from China. What started as a shop in Shatin in 2002 by two brothers passionate about tea, has grown into an expanding online business serving small to medium businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, gourmet food shops and markets. has graciously awarded a $20 Gift Certificate to a member of our Book Group!

Our Sponsor
We are so lucky to have our first coffee sponsor!  With each sip of delicious coffee from the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company, you can enjoy their fantastic Coffee, whether it be their Fair Trade or Organic Beans.  Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company has generously donated a gift certificate to shop their online store to one of our lucky Book Group Readers.
Our Sponsor
An anonymous donor donated a bag of freshly roasted gourmet coffee + shipping to a USA LibraryThing Highly-Rated Book Group member.Thank you for your generous

Our Sponsor is a great website run by
the smiling and tea-expert Kam in Hong Kong.  He scours the tea shops in Hong Kong and tastes teas for you, bringing the best tea and Chinese artifacts to your door.  FunAlliance has generously donated 2 bags of 3.5 ounces each of Tie Guan Yin tea (think Oolong) to two lucky winners in the US!

About this book
Amsterdam, 1659. On the world’s first commodities exchange, wealth is won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a crafty trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this too well. Once among the most envied of merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel would do anything to change his fortunes.

Flouting the rulings of the Ma’amad, the restrictive and mysterious governing body of the Jewish community, Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success – a daring scheme to corner the market on an astonishing new commodity called coffee.

To succeed, Miguel will have to risk everything he values and test the limits of his commercial guile as he faces not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him fail. And he will learn that among Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere and even friends hide secret agendas.

Product Details
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 3, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375760903
ISBN-13: 978-0375760907
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

You can choose to purchase the book on and give a small cup of change to LibraryThing here.

Sit back, take a sip of your coffee and prepare to begin a great Online Group Read with friends.

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
More Prizes awarded!3 unread / 3vintage_books, March 2009
Post your Reviews here12 unread / 12catarina1, February 2009
Chapters 28 -359 unread / 9robbieg_422, February 2009
The Coffee Quiz: Answers10 unread / 10TadAD, February 2009
Chapters 18 - 27: Question #36 unread / 6boekenwijs, February 2009
Chapters 18 - 27: Question #27 unread / 7boekenwijs, January 2009
Chapters 18 - 274 unread / 4boekenwijs, January 2009
Chapters 1 - 8: Mid-week question19 unread / 19boekenwijs, January 2009
Chapters 28 -35: Question #55 unread / 5callen610, January 2009
Chapters 28 -35: Question #47 unread / 7callen610, January 2009
Chapters 28 -35: Question #310 unread / 10tracyfox, January 2009
Chapters 9 - 17: Question #211 unread / 11tracyfox, January 2009
Did reading The Coffee Trader change your drinking habits?5 unread / 5vintage_books, January 2009
Interviews with Author David Liss1 unread / 1vintage_books, January 2009
Chapters 28 -35: Question #24 unread / 4billiejean, January 2009
The Dutch Shipping Trade of the 1600's4 unread / 4callen610, January 2009
Chapters 9 - 1717 unread / 17vintage_books, January 2009
The Coffee Quiz: Questions8 unread / 8TheTortoise, January 2009
Chapters 1 - 822 unread / 22TadAD, January 2009
Conversos: Discussion5 unread / 5jasmyn9, January 2009
The Sounds of The Coffee Trader13 unread / 13vintage_books, January 2009
Visit our Sponsor's Websites6 unread / 6vintage_books, January 2009
What are you drinking today?20 unread / 20vintage_books, January 2009
Coffee Game #2 - Can you run a coffee shop?5 unread / 5robbieg_422, January 2009
Coffee Game #1 - Find the man!26 unread / 26robbieg_422, January 2009
Coffee Jokes6 unread / 6vintage_books, January 2009
You're Drinking Too Much Coffee When:2 unread / 2vintage_books, January 2009
Words & Their Definitions5 unread / 5callen610, January 2009
Another reason to drink coffee?35 unread / 35Whisper1, January 2009
Get Your Book!28 unread / 28jdthloue, January 2009
The Coffee Trader: Suggested Reading Schedule2 unread / 2vintage_books, December 2008
In case you are having trouble joining our Book Group...1 unread / 1vintage_books, December 2008
How to post images and links1 unread / 1vintage_books, December 2008
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