I'm wondering. What would you vote as the most reliable, most biblical, and most enjoyable book on coffee? Which of your coffee books is dog-eared, highlighted, underlined, stained and ragged?
Most (and I) have a beaten-up copy of "The Perfect Cup". But I came to age in the early '90s.
What's the textbook now?
One book I reference a lot is "Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production: A Guidebook for Growers, Processors, Traders, and Researchers." The diagrams are excellent and the appendix on green defects is highly informative.
The Coffee Trader, by David Liss
Uncommon Grounds, by Mark Pendergrast
Espresso Coffee: Professional Techniques by David C. Schomer
Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, Second Edition by Kenneth Davids
Espresso Coffee, Second Edition: The Science of Quality by Rinantonio Viani and Andrea Illy
Aroma of Coffee, by Luis Norberto Pascoal
Being new to the coffee industry and a home roaster, I found Kenneth Davids', "Home Coffee Roasting" to be quite informative, at least for someone at my level. It could use an "update" as some of the material is, well, you know what I mean.
Illy's Espresso Coffee book is a really nice scientific introduction (though I agree, very technical), Devil's Cup is a lovely story & adventure, and there is a new one, called Espresso Quest coming out which is going to be great. I managed to get a pre print copy.
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