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Home Coffee Roasting, Revised, Updated Edition: Romance and Revival Paperback – November 20, 2003
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About the Author
Kenneth Davids is the author of three books on coffee, one of the main figures in the home coffee-roasting revival, and writes for a number of coffee-industry publications and web-sites. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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In June, 2001, I wrote about "Home Coffee Roasting":
<quot>"This book is worth several times its purchase price for the two-page roasting chart alone. As a technically-oriented (read: geek) amateur roaster with three (3) roasters (a Hearthware Precision, an Alpenrost, and the fabulous Sonofresco fluid bed) I am constantly referring to this book to improve my art and understanding.
But, amazingly, the book -- only a few years in print -- is now dated, because the equipment options for the home coffee roaster have increased so much. My three roasters (or the types they represent) are not covered. That's the only reason that I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. But if you roast coffee at home -- regardless of your equipment -- you need this book.
What else is missing? I'd love to see a table in the appendix covering the top 50 (or so) growing regions and rating the AVERAGE bean on acidity, sweetness, body, finish, etc, so that one has a clue where to begin when making a blend. The professional coffee roaster is cupping samples all day long, and quickly learns the characteristics of the world's coffees. But we amateurs, buying 1, 2, or 5 lbs at a time could use a secret decoder ring that would tell us in advance what variety we should order that has a good chance of rounding out that blend that is "not quite there yet." Short of that, David's excellent narrative coverage in the book of different coffee characteristics will have to do."</quot>
With the release of the "Revised, Updated Edition", the book no longer merits the caveats I described.Read more ›
This book is laid out in a very easy to read format. The chapters can be long but everything is broken down into small 1-4 page sections. Kenneth Davids has a real grasp on the fundamentals of coffee production and lays out a lot of information in an easy to follow entertaining way. The book reads very well from cover to cover.
The content is not too scientific and also not too general. Whether you have no idea about anything coffee or you are a coffee hobbyist (like me) you will learn a lot and come to appreciate all that goes into a truly good cup of coffee. Davids also includes a lot of reference information laid out in a fashion that is easy to search and locate specific information such as coffee origin notes, roasting and flavor terms, roasting equipment and methods to name a few. Davids does review and discuss many of todays home roasting equipment quite well however this information is already dated. Not to worry though the total of this information represents a small portion of the total book.
Included are also a lot of drawings and diagrams. This book really captures the romance of coffee and coffee roasting and delivers it in a wonderful easy to read and use fashion. I cannot put this book down and have read and reread many parts of it.Read more ›
If you are interested in roasting your own coffee, read this book. Even though it is slightly out of date, it is full of useful information, well-written and well-presented.
Overall I thought the book was a good read for coffee geeks, and coffee snobs. That's how my wife has taken to discribing me to ours friends since started my home roasting/brewing hobby about two years ago. I love home roasting and brewing it Provides me with a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment all during the day while drain my thermos & & keep my coffee cup full @ work. Once you get past the initial equipment investment you really can save some money home rosting & brewing over buying premium coffee from your local roaster or your favorite coffe shop. However, it does take time & dedicaton each week to roast our own. Also there is a slight learning curve to overcome so it may not be for everyone. Surf the web there is tons of info about home roasting coffee so you can see if it is really something you want to get into.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very comprehensive book about coffee. I am amazed at the depth the author goes to on so many aspects of coffee making.Published 9 days ago by Robert Wright
Only give a high level overview of all aspects of roasting... never goes into detail about hot to actually roast.Published 10 days ago by DIB
Really increased my knowledge about coffee and how to increase the consistency of excellent cups.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for home coffee roaster who has lots of money and can get really good, expensive, home coffee roasting equipment versus using a fry pan on a regular non gas stove, he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by White Wolf SC
If you’re looking for the history of coffee, coffee roasting, and coffee brewing apparatus this book has it. Also covers how to home roast and brew, not bad. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brent Dunkinson
I've been roasting for over 15 years. I started with his coffee book, most of us did back then. But this one is all over the place and not even on par with what I learned over 15... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SMXSteve