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    Books about Coffee

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    Hi Guys,
    Have just finished reading "Uncommon Grounds", and found it really interesting. *
    Has anyone got any good reccomendations for something written about the global coffee economics etc since Uncommon Grounds was written in 1999? *Im thinking of doing some further studies into the whole coffee game and am greedy for anything like that book, but more recent. *
    And am also wondering about the main Coffee trade journals/online info sites, has anyone got some suggestions for me, so I can broaden my coffee knowledge?
    Am about to *start "God in a Cup", cant wait...
    And if anyone has some good secondhand coffee books they would like to sell, Im interested in that too. *No "how to make espresso drinks and cocktail nonsense please. i can already do that *::)

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    I have received as gifts

    BARISTA a Guide to Espresso Coffee by Jill Adams

    THE COFFEE COMPANION a Connoisseurs Guide by Jon Thorn

    Both good reads in the informative sense

    KK

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Thanks, Ill snoop around for them :)

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 636870636870090 link=1261899258/0#0 date=1261899258
    Has anyone got any good reccomendations for something written about the global coffee economics
    Take a look at Black Gold by Antony Wild. Not sure when it was published though

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Also try Java Trekker by Dean Cycon (amazon books i think :-?) Im about half way through, a good insite to fairtrade dealings although im finding it a little one sided. I got it orderd in at my local angus and robertson was under $30

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    another book I enjoyed from both content and presentation was espresso quest - available in Beanbay!

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 20070C3D31620 link=1261899258/3#3 date=1261956540
    Take a look at Black Gold by Antony Wild. Not sure when it was published though
    First published 2004. A good read on coffee history and globalisation. Recommended.

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F2823121E4D0 link=1261899258/3#3 date=1261956540
    Take a look at Black Gold by Antony Wild
    Does anyone know if that is linked to the tv documentary?

    thanks guys , Ive heard of that Java Trekker. Ill try that one next.
    Am half way through "God in a Cup", am really enjoying it. Interesting to get a more intimate perspective on whats going on out there..
    ive been reading it while flying and I get some really interesting glances from the passenger in the seat next to me ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 767D65767D651C0 link=1261899258/7#7 date=1262685089
    Quote Originally Posted by 0F2823121E4D0 link=1261899258/3#3 date=1261956540
    Take a look at Black Gold by Antony Wild
    Does anyone know if that is linked to the tv documentary?

    thanks guys , Ive heard of that Java Trekker. *Ill try that one next.
    Am half way through "God in a Cup", am really enjoying it. *Interesting to get a more intimate perspective on whats going on out there..
    ive been reading it while flying and I get some really interesting glances from the passenger in the seat next to me *::)

    I dont believe so - looked at the documentary website and no mention of the author

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70777D75416D6A7B687B706D1E0 link=1261899258/4#4 date=1262670344
    Also try Java Trekker by Dean Cycon (amazon books i think ) Im about half way through, a good insite to fairtrade dealings although im finding it a little one sided.
    Hey I found that java trekker book, have just started it, Dean sells the fairtrade argument really well. theres so many conflicting arguments about fairtrade, im trying to make an informed decision about it all but just when I think ive got a clear understanding of how it works and the pros and cons i discover another fact from another source that throws shadow again. Its like chasing my tail!
    Im using the topic for an economics essay and boy is it frustrating!!
    Fascinating but frustrating... :-/

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Hey.
    Just chiming in on this thread here.
    has anyone read Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality ive been interested in reading it. just wondering if its worth the $120.

    cheers.
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B6F7461726F000 link=1261899258/10#10 date=1285921579
    Hey.
    Just chiming in on this thread here.
    has anyone read Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality ive been interested in reading it. *just wondering if its worth the $120.

    cheers.
    Matt
    Its a great, but very technical read Matt.

    Dennis has a copy he might be happy to show you so that you can decide.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0134393E0A163A33333030550 link=1261899258/11#11 date=1285922960

    Its a great, but very technical read Matt.

    Dennis has a copy he might be happy to show you so that you can decide.

    Chris
    Thanks Chris!
    Sounds awesome.
    Ill be down your way in mid december, and if i havnt bought it already, Id love to check it out.

    Cheers
    Matt

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    No worries,

    Im happy to bring my copy in for you to have a look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5F5B4055465B340 link=1261899258/10#10 date=1285921579
    Hey.
    Just chiming in on this thread here.
    has anyone read Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality ive been interested in reading it. *just wondering if its worth the $120.

    cheers.
    Matt
    Hi Matt

    This book was kindly given to me last Christmas from a dear friend, and yes, I have read it.

    Its heavy going, ie. a text book that as the name suggests, is to do with the science of coffee and what represents quality. *There are many sections where I read, re-read, then read the same paragraphs several times so that I could begin to get the hang of it, though the equations are for me, at times mind-boggling (see the attached pic for a sample).

    I certainly wouldnt recommend it as bedside reading. *It is however a book that I really treasure and continue to glean information from.

    Hope that helps!

    And yes, if you intend to comedown Sylvania way, give me a call the day beforehand and Ill bring it to the shop.


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    Awesome.
    Think Im sold.
    sounds like my kinda read, though I might have to brush up on my integrals it seems :S
    haha
    Thanks for all the help Chris and Dennis.
    Its gonna be really interesting to do some more research into the relationship between all the variables that go into making espresso and how that effects the cup.

    thanks again!
    Matt

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    Recieved my copy of Espresso Coffee - the science of quality today.
    and wow.
    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6B6060677D0E0 link=1261899258/14#14 date=1285923826
    Its heavy going ...*There are many sections where I read, re-read, then read the same paragraphs several times so that I could begin to get the hang of it ... I certainly wouldnt recommend it as bedside reading.
    Youre right Den.
    Its a very heavy read haha. I havnt got much past the first few pages, defining quality.. but its already just as heavy if not moreso than many of my physics, chem or electro engineering texts from uni.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6B6060677D0E0 link=1261899258/14#14 date=1285923826
    *It is however a book that I really treasure and continue to glean information from.
    +1, Ill confirm when Ive read more, but it seems to be a very concise, wealth of information that would be great for anyone wishing to take their understanding of what goes into making those God in your cup experiences, to the next level.

    Matt

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    Re: Books about Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 4463685955060 link=1261899258/3#3 date=1261956540
    Take a look at Black Gold by Antony Wild.
    Almost finished reading this book now. Great book full of interesting and often controversial information. Not sure about facts as the author, although he appears to write authoritatively, admits he cant reveal his sources. It is also a little biased. Wild is British and his treatment of English history in colonialism, slave trade and the like is softer than what he served up for other countries.

    Perhaps a little too much time spent on Napoleon who, although a coffee connoisseur, occupied a disproportionate number of pages in the context of the history of coffee. Still, interesting though.

    In the latter part of the book, he really serves it up to the US for their foreign policy, especially in Colombia.

    A highly recommended read.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4463685955060 link=1261899258/8#8 date=1262691164
    "Does anyone know if that is linked to the tv documentary?"
    I dont believe so - looked at the documentary website
    The book is about the history of coffee, the movie concentrates on the not-so-fair trade of coffee. *Although the book also mentions this, the movie is not based on the book.



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