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1.0 out of 5 starsNot a handbook, just an introduction and overview
Reviewed in the United States on 12 June 2021
Only 30% of the book is devoted to coffee roasting, the topic of the title. It just gives an out-of-date, superficial introduction to concepts. It is not a handbook in any sense. There is one page with a diagram showing the general idea of time and temperature changes during coffee roasting. That's it.
Nobody could roast any coffee using this "handbook".
A handbook should give a lot of practical information that you can reference while you are getting something accomplished. This fails completely.
A better title would have been "A Beginners Overview of Coffee, Roasting Concepts, and Tasting"
This book is full of interesting coffee facts making it an enjoyable read for any java aficionado even if you're not a serious roaster. As an example, I never really understood the difference between a City Roast and a French Roast, but Mr. Brault gives clear descriptions of the different stages of the roasting process and their relationship to the finished product.
4.0 out of 5 starsGrear, but not a complete guide.
Reviewed in the United States on 17 September 2020
Awesome read, especially for a beginner getting into roasting their own coffee. It was easy to read and very informative. I hate to have to give it a 4 star, but it left out a very crucial part to coffee, the grind.