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I really like this book. First impressions are that it looks brilliant, the pictures are great, and the cover is tactile (meant to feel like a coffee sack). In terms of the contents I think it's brilliant. It's easy to read, explains terms clearly and is very interesting. The photography is brilliant. The book talks about the origins of coffee, to process of production, different fruits locations and brew methods. All along the way the impact upon taste is commented upon. I would highly recommend this book for personal use or as a gift.
I wasn't exciting this book to be so good and complete. It's been on my wishlist for ages and bought it because the price went down to an amazing price. It provides information about the plant and beans, different regions where it's cultivated. How to grind it, the main brewing methods (sadly Turkish coffee is not explicitly mentioned), how to taste the coffee, among other things. It deserves its 4.4 rating on goodreads
I know the author from the Home-Barista website. I knew even before reading that it will be a good book. However, after having bought it I can now confirm that this is indeed an excellent book. The compilation, with a lot of pictures, is styled to make it a "Coffee Table Book" ironically on the subject of coffee!
I leave it near my coffee machine for people to browse through. Guests invariably quiz me on coffee when they see my home coffee setup. Now, as it happens, I can just hand them this book to browse through as they sip a fresh cappuccino or a macchiato that I have just poured out using home roasted beans.
Bought this book to understand what coffee ACTUALLY is, where it comes from, how its farmed and how it's roasted. And ultimately, how that all translates into the beautiful taste nuances of espresso.
For me this book conceptually (by focusing on origin/source/notes) is how you get to that perfect coffee experience - really educating yourself on the source and the role It can (does) play on the tasting notes of that cup.
For the budding coffee enthusiast this is a really interesting read. I follow the author on Youtube and he's a thoroughly entertaining, informative and engaging guy. I was happy to buy and read his book.
Insightful and enjoyable book, a must for any coffee fanatic. A nice coffee table book! Would have liked to have seen a chapter about how coffee is enjoyed and prepared in different parts of the world - eg. Turkish coffee, Greek coffee, Vietnamese egg coffee etc