?This is a universally reliable manual, providing basic guidelines and recommendations for coffee producers, traders and researchers everywhere.? ( Café Culture, September 2009)
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Coffee is, after wheat and sugar, the third most important food commodity - A business worth over 17 billion USD per year and employing some 125 million people worldwide. Written by the leading experts in the trade and endorsed by both the International Coffee Organisation and the Specialty Coffee Organization of America, this is the single most comprehensive, practice-oriented guidebook for coffee professionals, covering the entire value chain from grower to roaster.
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Following on the success of its predecessor, this second edition now features the impact of coffee production on the environment, the botany, genetics and genomics of coffee and bean quality assessment. On 1,000 pages divided into three distinct parts, forty authors from the leading coffee-growing nations present the latest technologies applied to coffee husbandry, covering methods of coffee cultivation, harvesting, processing, storage, and economics. This scientific handbook is unique in incorporating recent research on the coffee plant, its pests and diseases, biotechnological methods for improving breeds as well as updated primary processing.
Last but not least, with more than 800 carefully selected, mainly color illustrations, 160 tables and a 100-page appendix packed with data, this is a universally reliable manual, providing basic guidelines and recommendations for coffee producers, traders and researchers everywhere.