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The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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-Danny Meyer, restaurateur and author of Setting the Table
“Knowing James is like knowing a prophet; my friendship with him opened my eyes to a whole new planet of coffee possibilities. What he’s taught me about coffee changed my world, and this beautiful brew of useful tips, surprising information, and tasty inspiration will change yours, too. I’m still buzzing.”
-Mourad Lahlou, chef-owner of Aziza, San Francisco, and author of Mourad: New Moroccan
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is packed with great information and tells you how Blue Bottle makes its coffee, pastries, and other fun recipes step by step. There is also a ton of information on coffee growing and roasting, as well as coffee's history. James covers different brewing methods thoroughly, making it a truly enjoyable read for any coffee fan. You will also get information on coffee equipment, which I found particularly useful because I myself am trying to make the best coffee I can.
Oh, and I finally got around to trying Blue Bottle Coffee this past weekend in Hayes Valley. I ordered an espresso which was definitely one of the best I've ever had. The 81 year old English man next to me was in agreement.
For those inclined to know everything they could have ever possibly wanted to know about coffee, this book is a great place to start...and finish.
If you buy it, you should know that the formatting is a total mess. Random pages pop up in the wrong section of the book, images that are meant to be associated with certain blocks of text are missing or on the wrong page, and other issues abound.
It's so disappointing to see such a sloppy unreadable job for what should have been a great book.
You can find these things elsewhere, of course, but the reason I plowed through the entire thing in the first day is that the Freemans can write, really well, in an engaging and concise style. This is not a huge book, but it is crammed with a great deal of very specific advice and information that I found most helpful. (For example, the advice to either go to a good cafe with a skilled barista, or be prepared to pay a lot of money for a heavy, balky Italian machine and then spend many hours learning to use it, is delivered unvarnished; the undeterred will then find very specific advice on grinding, tamping, pulling, and judging espressi, along with notes from the Blue Bottle locations regarding their strategy for blends of beans and single-origin coffees).
Considering that I was looking at another book that cost $45 until I flipped through the preview (and immediately bought the Kindle edition), it strikes me as a very good value. Look through the preview and see if you don't agree. Worst case, you lost a few minutes of your day, but if you are interested in what makes for a good cup of coffee (and what makes for an obsessive coffee purveyor!), I suspect you won't stop at that.
I thought the coffee revolution of the late '60's helped me to appreciate coffee more. I started buying Peet's, ground my own, and experimented with pour over, French Press, and home espresso methods. I was very happy with my morning cup. Then, a new generation of coffee aficionados came along to upset my apple cart. I'm simply blown away by the available information on the global coffee experience; who knew?
James Freeman is an artist with an active and clever mind. He can't seem to contain his fascination with producing the most amazing coffee experience on the planet. Kudos, James! Within his book he shares his informed insights thus helping us to better understand coffee growers, roasters, and baristas. In just over a decade (during a severe economic recession, no less...) he also managed to somehow create a world class business with a unique spin on the most traditional of consumer commodities. Color me impressed! Thanks for sharing!
Recently, I started roasting my own coffee. I thought this would be the sole improvement required to update my coffee game. Now, however, I'm aware that there's so much more to explore and understand. Who knew the Japanese had it all going on in terms of pouring coffee? Ever heard of the Nel Drip? Siphon coffee? Swan-necked pouring kettles? Not me, for sure. But I'm totally open to these new coffee experiences. Clearly, the Internet has allowed us to think more globally; even if you don't travel you can expand your awareness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
James Hoffman is a very engaging writing. It is true he teaches you a lot about the coffee industry but you learn even more about his own story with Blue Bottle Coffee. Read morePublished 16 days ago by jake
Well-written and interesting book on the lifecycle of coffee from an authority on the subject. NOT a guide to making espresso as I had hoped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan Green
This book is a great read. It's extremely informative about coffee and you can tell that James Freeman is really passionate about what he's writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Garrett Khang
This is the best book I have read on coffee. I have learned a lot from this work. If you enjoy coffee, this book will give you some information on how to make a great cup of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David 6602
Nice book for coffee lovers! An interesting read for aficionados or newbies, and nice photos as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jbetts1790
Book is OK, not revealing in any way. A few unedited typos bring a star rating down.Published 3 months ago by VRinA2