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Everything But Espresso: Professional Coffee Brewing Techniques Hardcover – 2010

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Example Product Manufacturer (2010)
  • ASIN: B003LM063A
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been procrastinating buying this book due to the title. When it arrived from Amazon, it sat on my table for a week before I dived into it, and was totally surprised to find there are ideas and insights about coffee that is wider than the title suggests.

So here are my take on this good book: Get it even if you are only interested in Espresso!

THIS BOOK IS NOT...

* a recipe book
* about coffee roasting
* about coffee beans
* about advocating which method makes better coffee
* about tea, despite Scott (the author) liking it more than coffee :)

THE FIRST IMPRESSION

Scott's "Everything But Espresso: Professional Coffee Brewing Techniques" is about 70 pages of clear and concise information. Good strong hardcover and high quality binding give this book wonderful handling and tossing around. It is as good as the 100-page The Professional Barista's Handbook: An Expert Guide to Preparing Espresso, Coffee, and Tea. Reader don't have to worry about pages flying off the bind. When compared to the previous book, this one uses the same paper except thinner by about 0.04mm (measured with Mitutoyo digital Micrometer. I was curious), with slightly larger fonts, more spacing and good readability.

Despite styled (and smelled) like a textbook, the author kept things straight to the point and away from long theoretical analysis. This very focused book is full of charts, references, diagrams and photos; making quick browsing a joy with nuggets of good information every few pages. A handy glossary can be found at the end of the book.

The book quality is superb.
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Scott Rao's first book, The Professional Barista's Handbook, is great. So I was excited to read Everything But Espresso--it does not disappoint.

Espresso and espresso drinks are wonderful, but my preference is to enjoy these at a great cafe. Brewed coffee--whether drip, French press, pour over, siphon, or Aeropress--is my preference at home. Brewing consistently great coffee is more difficult than you might think, but Scott Rao does a fantastic job of explaining how to do it. There is also a great deal of information that clarifies the why's behind the how's, which I think sets this book apart from others.

This is an absolute must for anyone who is serious about preparing and serving great coffee.

Chris Young
Coauthor, Modernist Cuisine
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Everything But Espresso has all the neccesary information to learn advanced coffee brewing techniques. I'm a barista/barista trainer and I recommend this book to other baristas serious about improving their skills beyond espresso. It is in-depth but also written in a plain easy to understand english.
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I love to drink great coffee! And I love to brew my own coffee. So this book was perfect for my needs, explaining each step in the brewing procees and almost all brewing methods. However, in some cases the wording was a bit confusing and not as clear as it could have been. All in all a great reference book for coffee aficionados!
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This is a good book for any coffee nerd to have and there are some good tips for the various brew methods. I wish it were longer and more in depth in some areas. I would have liked to have some specific recipes to start out with and maybe some photos on helping determining the right grind for how you're brewing. There are lots of good, clear photos on how the bed of coffee should look after brewing but no pictures showing you what your grind should look like for chemex, french press, etc.

Quite a bit of the book is devoted to using the VST digital coffee refractometer to dial in your brewing so if you're not willing to spend the $400-500 to get one of those and the accompanying software this book will be less useful to you.
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