Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 November 2017
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Discover your device
Use the equipment guides to explore coffee gear and 10 different manual brewing devices, including Chemex, V60, French press, AeroPress, siphon, and more—find the one that fits your lifestyle.
Find your flavor
Not sure what you like? Learn how factors like roast, origin, and processing affect the way coffee tastes, and discover what you prefer. Build your bean vocabulary with a section on decoding coffee bag jargon so you can find and buy the coffee you like best.
Avoid common mistakes
A section on tricks and tips of the trade will help you steer clear of coffee-making missteps (and teach you how to correct them for your next batch), and hand-drawn illustrations accompany step-by-step instructions to help you master manual brewing techniques.
No matter your skill level—from beginner to barista—take control of your coffee at every stage and find your perfect cup in no time.
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Craft Coffee: A Manual
• Overall a 201 type of book – more detail and coverage of coffee beans, equipment, brewing, flavors, etc.
• Great walkthroughs of different brewing methods; has more brewing methods than Brew, including details on different pour over methods
• More science-oriented information, but still approachable to most people
• Much more detail than Brew on coffee origins and their characteristics, why coffees taste the way they do, and a more detailed breakdown of brewing equipment and how best to operate it
• No photos, no color graphics
Brew: Better Coffee at Home
• Overall a 101 type of book – simple, straightforward information about specialty coffee
• Great photos and useful beginner-oriented graphics; has the feel of a coffee table book
• Things that it has that Craft Coffee doesn’t: flash chill method, beautiful color photos, recipes (including cocktails)
• Lumps the pour over brewing method into basically one category (apart from Chemex) and doesn’t provide detailed information about how to brew using different pour over methods
I read Craft Coffee first, and because of that I breezed through Brew in about 30 minutes because Brew 1) has much less text and 2) Craft Coffee already covered almost everything that Brew contains.
So, if you’re the type of person that just wants the basics to step up your home brewing game, then Brew is probably the better option. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive guide to home brewing and coffee in general, then I recommend Craft Coffee for the reasons detailed above.
I think Craft Coffee has everything you need in a guide to better home brewing, whereas Brew might leave some people wanting for more information and detail in several areas.
Minor (very minor) cons for Craft Coffee are a few typos and lack of color graphics, which would have been useful in a couple of places.
I haven't even come close to reading it all, but you'll find chapters about the history of coffee in our modern era, details about the nearly every origin and variety of coffee bean, and easy-to-follow instructions for brewing delightful craft coffee yourself - even on a limited budget. It's written in a style and tone that begs you to keep reading, none of the elitism or snobbery typical of the coffee world will be found here, it's a book that could be enjoyable even if you've never had a cup of coffee in your life.
Beginners will have no trouble picking this book up, experts will certainly find points to enjoy and learn from. I've been spending more time and money than I should on craft coffee for over half a decade, I could probably have given you a high-level overview of every topic in this book, but I still have learned quite a few details I was unaware of. I learned some techniques I have been struggling to master for years, and learned about the history of bean varieties I've long seen the names of but never grasped the importance of. Through-and-through, the book is excellently written and can appeal to a broad audience, without alienating or patronizing any of its readers.
this book is brilliant. it's full of actually useful information for coffee enthusiasts, and i love the illustrations inside. even the most seasoned coffee connoisseurs will learn something new, but the book is also really accessible for beginner coffee lovers. this is a MUST-BUY!
It strikes the perfect balance of being too industry-specific and too vague/overly-simplistic.
I especially enjoyed the brewing techniques outlined because they not only give you lots of recommendations on brewing with different devices, but explain to you _why_ you should do each step. Many folks on the internet will dogmatically tell you how to make the "best" French press/Chemex/V60/whatever and list a bunch of steps and leave it at that. That might get you started, but what do you do when it doesn't taste... good? That's where this book comes in. After reading it, you start to understand _why_ coffee can sometimes be life-changing and sometimes gross.
Another thing is that the authors do a great job at meeting consumers in the middle. They DON'T tell you to buy hundreds of dollars of fancy equipment (spoiler alert: you don't need a lot to make tasty coffee at home). Rather, they calmly explain to you what type of equipment and beans are most important to invest in and what will yield the most benefit based on your interest and needs.
I bought this for several friends over the holidays and they all love it!