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Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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This comprehensive but accessible handbook is for the average coffee lover who wants to make better coffee at home. Unlike other coffee books, this one focuses exclusively on coffee—not espresso—and explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices.
Thanks to a small but growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality is at an all-time high. But for nonprofessionals, achieving café quality at home can seem out of reach. With dozens of equipment options, conflicting information on how to use that equipment, and an industry language that, at times, doesn’t seem made for the rest of us, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
Craft Coffee: A Manual, written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, is a comprehensive guide to improving your brew at home. The book provides all the information readers need to discover what they like in a cup of specialty coffee—and how to replicate the perfect cup day after day. From the science of extraction and brewing techniques to choosing equipment and deciphering coffee bags, Craft Coffee focuses on the issues—cost, time, taste, and accessibility—that home coffee brewers negotiate and shows that no matter where you are in your coffee journey, you can make a great cup at home.
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Discover your device
Use the equipment guides to explore coffee gear and 10 different manual brewing devices, including Chemex, V60, French press, AeroPress, siphon, and more—find the one that fits your lifestyle.
Find your flavor
Not sure what you like? Learn how factors like roast, origin, and processing affect the way coffee tastes, and discover what you prefer. Build your bean vocabulary with a section on decoding coffee bag jargon so you can find and buy the coffee you like best.
Avoid common mistakes
A section on tricks and tips of the trade will help you steer clear of coffee-making missteps (and teach you how to correct them for your next batch), and hand-drawn illustrations accompany step-by-step instructions to help you master manual brewing techniques.
No matter your skill level—from beginner to barista—take control of your coffee at every stage and find your perfect cup in no time.
“Provides all the information budding javaphiles need to discover what they like in a cup of specialty coffee—and how to replicate the perfect cup at home.” —Food Network
“Build a better brew by mastering 10 manual methods, from French Press to Chemex, with this comprehensive guide.” —Imbibe Magazine
“Like the coffee bean, Jessica Easto’s book . . . dives deep and reaches wide as it teaches consumers how to improve their daily cup.“ —Chicago Tribune
“Engaging and fun . . . . I really can’t recommend Craft Coffee: A Manual enough. If you’re even mildly curious about brewing coffee at home, it’s absolutely worth a read.” —BuzzFeed
“Easto’s manual for coffee enthusiasts goes beyond mere brew guide to pull back the curtain on the bean itself, coffee processing and roasting, and industry jargon—we’re on to you, tattooed barista. . . . Easto offers a thorough overview of coffee that is never elitist in tone, emphasizing that individual taste should always be one’s guide. . . . Clearly written and comprehensive, this book belongs in every home barista’s tool kit.” —Booklist, starred review
“Craft Coffee is a beautifully written guide to improving your home coffee no matter what your brew method or current coffee setup. . . . If this book doesn’t make your brew better, then I’m coming over to your house every morning, because your coffee is already top notch.” —Sprudge
“Eliminates the intimidation factor from manual brewing. . . . This guide offers value for new cafés or novice baristas, as well as the casual consumer.” —Fresh Cup Magazine
“If you’re ready to learn more about perfecting your morning cup, this is a great place to start.” —Wired
“There’s nothing quite like home brewing for sheer satisfaction. This book will help brewers to finesse their technique and select the best equipment.” —Perfect Daily Grind
“The small hardcover includes recipes and simply explains how to use equipment and produce tastier coffees.” —Eater Chicago
“A well-rounded presentation of coffee basics in an easily digestible format. From helping readers understand the origins of coffee and how it’s processed, to deciphering the vast array of available brewing methods and how to use them, Jessica and Andreas have put together an engaging resource that holds value for home brewers and professionals alike. Full of wonderful illustrations, convenient tables, and helpful sidebars, this is a coffee book well worth poring over.” —Ellie Bradley, editor, Fresh Cup Magazine
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Chemex. V60. AeroPress. Oh my.
For such a simple beverage, coffee can seem complicated, especially if you don’t make it for a living. But thanks to a growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality around the world is at an all-time high, and achieving café-caliber goodness at home is well within reach.
That’s where this book comes in. Written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, Craft Coffee helps you figure out what you like, what to buy, and how to use it. From demystifying the science of extraction and manual brewing techniques on 10 different devices to choosing equipment and beans, this accessible guide focuses on the issues—cost, time, taste, and accessibility—that home coffee brewers negotiate. No matter where you are in your coffee journey, you can make a great cup at home.
- Publisher : Agate Surrey; Sew edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1572842334
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572842335
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author rightly categorizes the current local/specialty coffee culture as “craft” which focuses on respect and support of origin/grower, fair distribution of profit throughout the supply chain and really understanding how to bring out the best in each origin through the various preparation processes. But it is a book on coffee and technical preparation. A highlight are the immediately useful, detailed recipes per brew device (various immersion methods, Melitta, Chemex, Hario V60, Kalita Wave, etc.). For the classic French Press, the authors promote a unique, 8-minute method (its great). The sections about country of origin, coffee sourcing, storing methods, tasting tips are not dragged down by blah blah but gives most people the key points. For example, the reader will learn the key aspects of a coffee that affect its taste profile: origin (Africa, So Am, Pacific, etc), growing elevation (>1500m is coveted), washing methods (wet, dry, natural, honey), types of beans (arabica, robusta, pacamara), etc.
So, is all this focus on making a simple cup of coffee the mere indulgent obsession of hipster culture? Sure, there is part of this, perhaps such as in the way “flavor notes” can be ridiculously bantered about like describing a work at an art show vs. simply enjoying what you like without analyzing it to death. (But that is actually necessary F&B industry language to normalize what is being described). For me it is about appreciating the terroir influence on flavor (such as high altitude is superior), the people and culture producing the product and how to bring out their best in the preparation. Thus, indiscriminate prep can dishonor a great coffee which is not cheap. This well-written book will help the novice enter the magic that is great coffee.
Craft Coffee: A Manual
• Overall a 201 type of book – more detail and coverage of coffee beans, equipment, brewing, flavors, etc.
• Great walkthroughs of different brewing methods; has more brewing methods than Brew, including details on different pour over methods
• More science-oriented information, but still approachable to most people
• Much more detail than Brew on coffee origins and their characteristics, why coffees taste the way they do, and a more detailed breakdown of brewing equipment and how best to operate it
• No photos, no color graphics
Brew: Better Coffee at Home
• Overall a 101 type of book – simple, straightforward information about specialty coffee
• Great photos and useful beginner-oriented graphics; has the feel of a coffee table book
• Things that it has that Craft Coffee doesn’t: flash chill method, beautiful color photos, recipes (including cocktails)
• Lumps the pour over brewing method into basically one category (apart from Chemex) and doesn’t provide detailed information about how to brew using different pour over methods
I read Craft Coffee first, and because of that I breezed through Brew in about 30 minutes because Brew 1) has much less text and 2) Craft Coffee already covered almost everything that Brew contains.
So, if you’re the type of person that just wants the basics to step up your home brewing game, then Brew is probably the better option. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive guide to home brewing and coffee in general, then I recommend Craft Coffee for the reasons detailed above.
I think Craft Coffee has everything you need in a guide to better home brewing, whereas Brew might leave some people wanting for more information and detail in several areas.
Minor (very minor) cons for Craft Coffee are a few typos and lack of color graphics, which would have been useful in a couple of places.