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    Books about coffee

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    Just wondering if you guys have any recommendation of a good book on coffee?

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Hi Afton

    Depends on what you are looking for? Are you looking for a how to, history, general information etc? Espresso Quest, sold in BeanBay would be a good start, as it is a great read with great photos. You will definitely learn something.

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    Hi Afton

    I can also commend Espresso Quest. I have read about 1/5 of the book. The author writes well, he engages the reader in his quest for perfection in coffee from the growing to the brewing by the barista. The photos are excellent and the book is well typeset and produced. Its a very good "coffee table" book also to just leave lying around for friends to have a look at whilst they sip your coffee as you can open it just about anywhere and start reading.

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    Have bought and read too many coffee books for a newbie. :-[

    Just finished an older one I found called "The Perfect Cup" by Timothy James Castle. Very good country, region and estate break downs of coffee bean growing, processing styles and quality. I enjoyed it.

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    If chemistry doesnt bore you, you should buy the Illy book.

    Some others books and websites listed in the thread below.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1207724527

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    Theres heaps of books on plantations and processing...theyre all about $200+ each though.

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_S link=1215543548/0#1 date=1215549339

    Espresso Quest, sold in BeanBay would be a good start, as it is a great read with great photos. You will definitely learn something.

    Ben
    Im curious about the authors name - Instaurator - is that a real name?

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    Its his real name.

    http://www.mountaintopcoffee.com.au/assets/Courier%20Mail%20-%20Master%20of%20the%20brew%20_Mar%2005_.pdf

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Did you know Instaurator is the only WBC certified judge ever to score 100% on sensory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1215543548/0#8 date=1217333545
    Did you know Instaurator is the only WBC certified judge ever to score 100% on sensory?
    Woot! Inny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1215543548/0#8 date=1217333545
    Did you know Instaurator is the only WBC certified judge ever to score 100% on sensory?
    David do you mean he gave a score of 100% to a contestant
    or
    His sensory perception is at a level of 100%

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    Hi all

    Another excellent book is Scott Raos "The Professional Baristas Handbook". Its one of the few books that has some data on aspects such as the percolation of water through the coffee puck, the extraction process, basket shape and other aspects of "puckology". It also has sections on grinding, milk techniques etc.

    I would certainly recommend this book as its technical content is excellent but its also written very well.

    Mike

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    Re: Books about coffee

    I have an awesome book called

    "Coffee floats Tea sinks"
    (Through history and technology to a complete understanding.)

    by Ian Bersten it is a fantastic, interesting and knowledgeable read.

    Craig.

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    not so much a technical guide (no technique here), more a novel of sorts but a good read nonetheless.
    "the devils cup"

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    I have read the devils cup - really enjoyed.

    Another good read is Black Gold - more historical and factual than the devils cup - which was more of a travel book I think.

    Black Gold shows what an unbelievable impact that the coffee trade has had on the world.

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Koffee Kosmo link=1215543548/0#10 date=1217335540
    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1215543548/0#8 date=1217333545
    Did you know Instaurator is the only WBC certified judge ever to score 100% on sensory?
    David do you mean he gave a score of 100% to a contestant
    or
    His sensory perception is at a level of 100%

    KK
    The latter.

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Another vote for "The Espresso Quest", I bought this for my shop and as well as having great photos I started reading it during a coffee break (go figure) and I couldnt put it down. Rather than just deal with a specific methodology, the book as it suggests, aludes to the age old addage, "the more you learn the more you realise you dont know!" It is re-assuring to know that even the best Baristas/Roasters are sometimes mystified at why a particular shot was a God shot and the next brought a frown! While it is not a book full of answers to many questions I was left with a thirst for more knowledge and the wisdom that comes from experience!

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Ive gotta reiterate some recommendations for good coffee books:
    *The Espresso Quest -Instaurator - beautifully put together book, great read and fantastic photos;
    *Home Coffee Roasting (Romance & Revival) -K. Davids - good book on the history and basics of home roasting;
    *Black Gold: A Dark History of Coffee -A. Wild - fascinating book on the effects of colonialism and corporate politics on the coffee industry and coffee producing countries;
    *The Professional Baristas Handbook -S. Rao - new book, great technical explanations, highly recommended.

    Also, save up the pennies for Scottie Callaghans book. Not sure when its being released, but sounds great and hopefully not too far away. Not an instruction manual - more about characters in the coffee industry.

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    Re: Books about coffee

    I should do a blog post on this, but ...

    *Illy: Research into various factors that contribute to the final cup. Technical, succinct, thorough and well-researched. Worth buying - on my must get list.

    *Coffee Flavour Chemistry (Ivon Flament): The title says it all. Dense, technical and comprehensive.

    *All About Coffee (Ukers): A mammoth work that I have barely skimmed over. Written in 1935.

    *Connecting Worlds: The Coffee Trail (Olaf Hammelburg et al): Coffee table book. Great photography, interesting concept, light on words.

    *Hacienda La Minita (Bill McAlpin et al): Coffee table book. Great photography, most of the words are speeches and articles published by Bill McAlpin, the farm owner.

    *Espresso Quest (Instaurator): Coffee table book with substance. Great photography, insightful and thought-provoking text and written from the Australian perspective, where espresso dominates. Definitely my pick of the coffee table books.

    *The Coffee Cuppers Handbook (Ted Lingle): THE reference if you are into standardised cupping, but bear in mind that it is written from the point of view of someone who drinks predominantly drip coffee. Short and succinct.

    *Barista (Jill Adams): Espresso guide for the newbie. A good basic intro.

    *Barista Techniques (John Doyle): Espresso guide aimed at cafes, particularly new ones. I think that the various check-lists that it has are a unique and useful touch.

    ... there are also a number of other books that I have my sights on ...

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Books about coffee

    Guys,

    Just letting you know that we have now the following books in our store:

    *Barista Techniques (John Doyle)

    *Espresso Quest (Instaurator)

    * The Professional Barista Handbook (S. Rao)

    Best regards


    Renzo

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Picked up espresso quest on eBay for $10. Postage was slightly more than the book. Has arrived. In perfect condition apart from a gifting inscription. Always worth looking to see what others are selling off.
    Read half or it on the drive to perth yesterday before it was my turn to drive. Easy read, very interesting book.

    Found a PDF of scott Raos barista book online as well. A new book theme collection starting.. ( any excuse)

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