I really like this book. It’s packed full of information, techniques, and beautiful artwork. My only problem is that a good chunk of the book (probably 15%, if I had to guess) is filled with pages of information about the different countries around the world that produce coffee. This has its purpose, but I don’t think it necessarily belonged in this book. This book has a little bit of everything about coffee. A little history. A little on the tools and methods for roasting and brewing. A little about coffee producing countries. A lot of recipes. I liked reading the informational and instructional parts and skimming the reference sections, but ended feeling hungry for more information on all of these. As an “intro to” book, it more than satisfies it purpose.
By the time you finish reading this book, you’ll be able to brew café quality coffee from your home. Coffee is a wonderful drink that many people enjoy around the world. I consider brewing coffee, as both an art and a science. The basic concept is simple: put ground coffee beans in water, which will then extract compounds from the beans that imbue the water with the flavor elements we know as brewed coffee.
The artistry comes into play in the details. The size of the grind, the length of the brew, and the method of extraction will all play a part in which flavor notes are emphasized in the final cup.
Coffee is certainly one interesting beverage. The silky taste and the energy that comes with is enough to make almost everyone fall for it. If you are already a mad coffee addict, then this book will be mad fun for you.
If you love drinking coffee but have been intimidated by the extensive vocabulary and varieties used by coffee enthusiasts and baristas. This book is right for you. You will learn the fundamentals of coffee and the culture behind it. This book will provide you with the coffee literacy you need to experiment with your next favorite drink and converse like a pro with your friends about coffee. It will show you all the fun ways that you can brew, drink, and style your coffee. Whether you want to make cappuccino, café latte, or any other coffee brew that you only find in coffee shops, this book has an A-Z list of all that, with easy-to-follow steps that will help you make your very own cup of coffee at home—just the way you like it.
Spice up your usual coffee routine by trying out new coffee recipes or techniques from other parts of the world. There are many ways to enjoy coffee, and that just makes everything more fun. Cheers to coffee! Enjoy!