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The Joy of Coffee: The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying - Revised and Updated Paperback – August 19, 2003
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Starting with a tour of a coffee plantation and ending in the reader's own kitchen, Kummer leads a lively and informative discussion of all phases of coffee production, from harvesting to roasting to brewing. He discusses different roasts and the different types of coffeemakers, and he even talks about caffeine consumption and methods of decaffeination that preserve the bean's flavor. At the end of The Joy of Coffee is a chapter chock full of recipes for tasty treats that either go well with coffee or include it as an ingredient. Like a great cup of Joe, The Joy of Coffee is good to the very end. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Joy" is an incredibly detailed, thorough book which begins with the author traveling to Costa Rica to pick beans and includes descriptions of the various means of roasting, grinding, and and brewing. There is a chapter on Espresso and another chapter examining the health effects of caffeine. The author spends time demystifying coffee terms and compares coffees from around the world. He writes about the advantages and disadvantages of various coffeepots and includes a source guide and a glossary. But the book is not only comprehensive-- the writing is engaging. Mr. Kummer also includes forty tempting recipes. I baked the "marvelous mocha cupcakes" which the author says are "wonderful"-- sorry, but I didn't think they were better than "very good"-- in fairness the comments "scrumptious" and "amazing" were elicited by two of my friends who generously agreed to sample them. They lasted one night. I also baked his "unbeatable biscotti". They were excellent-- very crispy and light-- they lasted two nights. Naturally, I drink them with coffee I brewed from my new pot-- at home.Read more ›
This is a rather amazing book. Mr. Kummer starts with the growing of the coffee bean, harvesting, and ends up describing the selection of the various beans for blends. The truly interesting part is that there end up being so many beans that are usable, or maybe that is just my reading of it. The beans are so variable coming off the tree, and the processing is so intricate, I was surprised that we actually got some coffee. Another thought was the need for exporting all the quality these countries can. They are so cash poor they have to sell all they can to provide for the economic system. We are sure lucky here to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors without worrying so much about the money, so far.
As an example - There are several references through out the book to sources of coffee or equipment or coffee to water proportions at page 000. There is no page 000 in this copy. There is a page at the back of the book that references a general index, if you go to the page indicated there is a statement that a general index will follow.
What is there is interesting and appears to be factual except when the author states that his opinion is .....
I would have opted for a different used item if I had known this was not resale copy with the editing completed. It was cheaper than the other used versions so I guess I got what I paid for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, was very informative and helped to appreciate and enjoy coffee more.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of fun to read giving trivia and tidbits for coffee loving comrades.Published 12 months ago by Cindy
I bought this book on the suggestion of an author who writes about food and travel. I am very pleased with the book It is informative and has some delicious recipes.Published on September 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book is great as a reference. There is lots of info on buying, roasting,
grinding, etc. Excellent read for for the specialty coffee enthusiast. Read more
I have been getting more and more into coffee and espresso drinks in recent years. I've finally started going more specialty coffee as I won't even drink supermarket coffee any... Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by C. Chartier
Very cool book. Everythin you want to know about coffee but were afraid to ask. The Coffee Bible, you might say.Published on January 19, 2008 by Jon W. Hammond