Many people compare coffee to wine. Just like wine, coffee is perceived as a natural art sculptured by craftsmen (farmers and roasters). If you are as obsessed with coffee as we are, you should definitely check out these unique coffee books.
We have gathered the top 10 coffee books available for immediate purchase on Amazon. For the best accuracy, we have kept the descriptions as direct quotes from the respective listing pages.
I Know Coffee: Harvesting, Blending, Roasting, Brewing, Grinding & Tasting Coffee
Jessica Simms is a coffee-lover, fiction writer, freelance ghostwriter, and former barista living in PIttsburgh, PA. Her short fiction is widely published in literary journals, including Weave Magazine, Ampersand Review, and Menda City Review. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University.
This book is designed to walk you through everything you need to know about coffee from the seed to the cup. It begins with an overview of cultivars and varieties, and the major differences between the three primary coffee-growing regions (Africa, Asia, and the Americas). This chapter will also give an explanation of harvesting, processing and drying methods, and the ways those can impact the bean’s development and most prominent flavor notes.
The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao
The Coffee Roaster's Companion is the world's first professional-level how-to book about coffee roasting. Scott Rao has consulted for many of the world's finest roasters, and now he has put his expertise in a book accessible to roasters everywhere. No serious coffee roaster should go without this book. Scott Rao is the author of several best-selling coffee books, including: The Professional Barista's Handbook Everything But Espresso and Espresso Extraction: Measurement and Mastery.
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Caffeinated beverage enthusiast Pendergrast approaches the history of the green bean with the zeal of an addict. His wide-ranging narrative takes readers from the legends about coffee's discovery to the most appealing of which, Pendergast writes, concerns an Ethiopian goatherd who wonders why his goats are dancing on their hind legs and butting one anotherAto the corporatization of the specialty cafe. Pendergrast focuses on the influence of the American coffee trade on the world's economies and cultures, further zeroing in on the political and economic history of Latin America. Coffee advertising, he shows, played a major role in expanding the American market.
The book tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous "Coffee Crisis" that caused global prices to plummet to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the "third-wave" of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs. As the scope of coffee culture continues to expand, Uncommon Grounds remains more than ever a brilliantly entertaining guide to the currents of one of the world's favorite beverages.
The World Atlas of Coffee: From beans to brewing - coffees explored, explained and enjoyed
James Hoffmann is a coffee expert, author and the 2007 World Barista Champion. Along with a team of experts, he operates Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in East London, UK, which sources and imports coffee direct from growers, and roasts the beans on their premises. James also travels as a popular speaker about the coffee business.
For the coffee geek if you don't know the difference between the coffee varieties Arabica and Robusta, if you're wondering how coffee cultivation in Ethiopia differs from that in Costa Rica, if you're confused about the myriad methods of brewing coffee, you won't find a better resource than "The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing--Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed". Even confirmed coffee geeks will benefit from this volume, at once encyclopedic and approachable.
The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for Everyone
Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen are the co-founders of Sprudge.com, the world's most popular coffee publication, and publishers of the Sprudge Media Network, an international network of websites covering coffee (and as of 2017, wine) around the world. Michelman and Carlsen publish work from more than 100 contributors each year, and manage staff writers and editors in New York City, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, and San Francisco.
The book is ann illustrated guide to the essential rules for enjoying coffee both at home and in cafes, including tips on storing and serving coffee, coffee growing, roasting and brewing, plus facts, lore, and popular culture from around the globe.
The Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails: Over 80 recipes for mixing coffee and liquor
Jason Clark has been working in bars, restaurants, and cafés in New Zealand, London and Melbourne for over 20 years. He progressed into the role of Luxury Brand Ambassador/Trainer based in Dubai where he shares his expertise to educate and inspire bartenders from all around the world.
Enjoy two of life’s greatest pleasures – coffee and alcohol – with this comprehensive guide to mixing perfect coffee cocktails. World-class mixologist Jason Clark will inspire, excite and educate you by taking you behind the bar for a masterclass in creating coffee-based cocktails.Take a journey into the history and craft of coffee, the world's most popular beverage, from crop to cup. Next follow his expert mixing tips aimed at everyone from keen beginners to bartenders working in the world’s best bars.
I Love Coffee!: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks
In I Love Coffee! coffee connoisseur Susan Zimmer shares expert advice and techniques, from how to brew the perfect cup and how to make a basic cappuccino without a machine to a World Barista Latte Art Champion's tips for making masterful latte art designs. It is brimful with a wealth of coffee understanding from the "ground" up, from bean to cup, including international coffees and brewing techniques best suited to a variety of preferences, all topped off with plenty of problem-solving tips and delectable full-color photographs.
With this book, coffee lovers can make delicious cappuccinos, cold coffee quenchers, decadent coffee desserts, and classy coffee martinis year-round using simple techniques with gourmet results in this indispensable coffee guide and cookbook.
A Coffee Lover's Guide to Coffee: All the Must - Know Coffee Methods, Techniques, Equipment, Ingredients and Secrets
A Coffee Lover’s Guide is an accessible, comprehensive, easy-to-read and enjoyable guide, written with love and made especially for anyone drinking, making, selling or buying coffee. It is an easy, available, communicative and enjoyable way to learn and understand coffee and the coffee world better.
The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop
The Coffee Book is jammed full of facts, figures, cartoons, and commentary covering coffee from its first use in Ethiopia in the sixth century to the rise of Starbucks and the emergence of Fair Trade coffee in the twenty-first. The book explores the process of cultivation, harvesting, and roasting from bean to cup; surveys the social history of café society from the first coffeehouses in Constantinople to beatnik havens in Berkeley and Greenwich Village; and tells the dramatic tale of high-stakes international trade and speculation for a product that can make or break entire national economies. It also examines the industry’s major players, revealing how they have systematically reduced the quality of the bean and turned a much-loved product into a commodity and lifestyle accoutrement, ruining the lives of millions of farmers around the world in the process.
Coffee: A Global History
Coffee is a global beverage: it is grown commercially on four continents, and consumed enthusiastically in all seven. There is even an Italian espresso machine on the International Space Station. Coffee’s journey has taken it from the forests of Ethiopia to the fincas of Latin America, from Ottoman coffee houses to ‘Third Wave’ cafés, and from the simple coffee pot to the capsule machine. In Coffee: A Global History, Jonathan Morris explains how the world acquired a taste for coffee, yet why coffee tastes so different throughout the world.
Morris discusses who drank coffee, as well as why and where, how it was prepared and what it tasted like. He identifies the regions and ways in which coffee was grown, who worked the farms and who owned them, and how the beans were processed, traded and transported. He also analyses the businesses behind coffee – the brokers, roasters and machine manufacturers – and dissects the geopolitics linking producers to consumers.
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