- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 5th edition (May 4, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031224665X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312246655
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying Paperback – May 4, 2001
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“An amusing and informative book that is the best available guide.” ―Corby Kummer, The Atlantic Monthly
“Coffee drinkers will perk up...after reading Kenneth Davids's book.” ―UPI
About the Author
Kenneth Davids is the author of two other books about coffee, Espresso: Ultimate Coffee and Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival. He teaches writing and history at the California College of Arts and Crafts and writes for a number of coffe industry publications and Websites. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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This book will explain the difference between coffees from different places, different roasts, methods of processing, methods of grinding and brewing, as well as buying and storing coffee. He details how to make espresso and cappuccino, French press coffee, drip-brew coffee, and many other common and not-so-common methods of brewing. He will tell you how to determine what kind of coffee to get to fit your taste in regard to origin, roast, grind and brew method, as well as teach you about the history and origins of coffee.
I came into the coffee world knowing nothing, and, after reading this book, I now know more about what I'm looking for in coffee than several of the coffee places I've visited. I'm making my own espresso and cappuccino. Overall, my experience with this book has been all positive. I can think of nothing negative to say about it.
I loaned the book to a friend who had the companion volume on coffee roasting Home Coffee Roasting, Revised, Updated Edition: Romance and Revival. Between them, the books cover 95% of the same material. I found almost everything in the roasting book that I had already seen in the coffee book. My friend had the same impression of the coffee book and put it down after the second chapter.
I had hoped to learn more about how to craft a good espresso or latte at home, but this book was full of too much detail about history, origins, and legend to be of much use to an amateur barista. Even worse, the info on pulling a good shot was not up to the standards of the baristas in the cafe where I first found the book.