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Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks: Espressos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas, and More! Hardcover – January 4, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (January 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517588242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517588246
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Mathew Tekulsky chronicles the history of coffee drinking, surveys the types of beans and blends available, reviews coffee-making accessories and their uses, and dispenses tips for brewing a perfect cup of smooth, flavorful coffee. An appendix lists sources for gourmet coffee beans and flavorings and coffee-making equipment. 10 line drawings.

About the Author

Mathew Tekulsky is the author of Making Your Own Gourmet Soft Drinks, Making Your Own Gourmet Chocolate Drinks, and Making Your Own Gourmet Tea Drinks. He is also the author of Backyard Birdfeeding for Beginners, The Hummingbird Garden, and The Butterfly Garden, among other books.

Clair Moritz-Magnesio received her BFA from Ball State University where she studied both graphic design and watercolor. She interned in New York with Milton Glaser and studied under Jacqui Morgan at the Pratt Institute. She has worked as both a book illustrator and designer. She lives in Mahopac, New York, with her husband and two sons and is rarely without a cup of coffee in her hand. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

This book gives very basic information and shows little creativity.
S. Brown
Great book with expert tips, advice, and explanations of equipment, the different types of coffee beans, and how to make all sorts of drinks.
MilitaryWifeAndCounselor
If you are looking for some recipes for some different drinks, this is definately not the book you are wanting.
Kara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By "labibliophile" on July 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As I am French, I enjoy a good cup of cafe au lait. But if you are looking to broaden your horizons, this is the book to own! A coffee lover's heaven, there are lots of great recipes that will be sure to please. Very handy for parties, afternoon gathering or just for yourself. Absolutely wonderful!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Maybe I didn't read int the information enough prior to purchasing this book, but I found it to be very basic. More like a text book than a recipe book. Lots of history and background information, and slim on the recipes. Most of this information you can easily find on the internet. I was looking for a guide to make what you might buy and Starbucks, and though a couple might be here I think it is a far cry from how they actually do it. This book was published in 1993 maybe things have evolved since then.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Reynolds on March 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mathew Tekulsky has set forth clear information and instructions for the begiining barista. He offers decent tips for making a good cup (Use fresh water, the importance of the proper grind, don't boil the water, and clean your equipment regularly). He explains clearly the various methods for brewing (drip, French press, vacuum method, the percolator etc.) And, of course, he has info about making espresso properly.
Most of the book consists of recipes, and I appreciated knowing the difference between, for example, the Cappuccino and the Cappuccino Royale (the Royale is a Cappuccino topped with whipped cream, and often with almond, rum, brandy, mint, or vanilla extract).
If you're a beginner, it's useful to have this information all in one place, but I must say that most of this is readily available on the Internet. And, you don't need this book if you have some coffee-brewing experience.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After purchasing my Nespresso machine I enjoyed churning out Gingerbread lattes from an online recipe. My daughter requested a turtle latte and I decided a few fun espresso recipes would be great!

So I went in search of the perfect coffee drinks book. Sadly, this was not it. This was very disappointing. The espresso section was a few brief pages AND did not really include any speciality recipes.

Not a good choice for good coffee drinks.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Randal on November 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a relativly simple book for those who want to impress their friends with a tasty coffee. However if you are a true espresso fan you may be dissapointed, I find the book has more of a candy appeal than true coffee expressions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kara on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There is only one recipe for espresso drinks. There are other recipes for drinks with brewed coffee, but they have ingredients that most people do not normally keep in their house. The sections on the history of coffee and some tips on how to make a better coffee/espresso, are pretty good. If you are looking for some recipes for some different drinks, this is definately not the book you are wanting. I'm going to keep the book only because I don't want to go through the hassle of returning it, but I will not be recommending it to anyone to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Burlison on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just bought an espresso machine, because I was spending more money on starbucks and dunkin donuts than I do on cigarettes... So, got the machine used coarsly ground beans, and I got the weakest shot of espresso ever... I brewed with a ese cert pod and the espresso was so yummy, thought to myself i wonder why that is... so i broke open the pod and dicovered OHHHHHHHH, i'm supposed to have these beans ground as fine as beach sand... so once i got all that figured out, i was thinking whats the differance between a latte and a cappuccino? and just generally wondering what kind of recipes i could make with the espresso... went to B&N this was the only book they had, so i bought it... read the two maybe three pages of recipes that i was curious about and the book sat on my counter next to the espresso machine for a few weeks untouched...

I'm not saying that i wasted my money on the book, i wanted a book now! and bought the book, learned the three things i could've just searched online for.... now i'm going to look for a espresso book with more recipes because i'm so addicted to espresso now... it's 90-95% cheaper than going to shops and buying coffee...... MMMMM latte.....
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