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?
I really like David Schomer's Espresso coffee: professional techniques. A great read for anyone who wants to learn how to explain to others what you do behind the bar. I also love reading Espresso: the science of quality. Great nerd relief for all those scientific questions that come up through out the life of anyone who works with coffee.
I know this one is cheesy, but I also really like the big encyclopedia of coffee. The beginning is a great introduction to the history of coffee and short comments on all of the origins. The back is full of recipes that are sometimes unrelated to coffee, but still great for ideas if you want to create something for friends or for your coffee shop.
My uni reading list threw up some gems:
Been said before, but Uncommon Grounds by Pendergrast is good, better still is Coffee: A dark History by Antony Wild, which has just been re-released as Black Gold after the film.
Also, Markman Ellis - The Coffee House (all about coffee history, particularly in London)
Jill Adam's BARISTA, the art of espresso is good
The Encyclopedia of coffee is a beautiful book - perfect for laying around on your coffee table!
Coffee: The Essential Guide to the Essential Bean by Catherine Calvert is also good, if brief and has lots of coffee recipes
there are many many more though!
I'm just finishing up Gavin Fridell's book, it's really fascinating. I've really been looking forward to all of the sustainability lectures and panels at SCAA and Fridell's book has given a tremendous boost to my background knowledge of the topic.
Glad you mentioned the Great Good place, Ray Oldenburg is an awesome guy. I met up w/ him at his home in 2005 for a sorta interview. His response to my question " Do you think Starbucks represents the third place the way your book describes the third place"? Was funny as hell.
All of the listed are amazing !! Sadly my girl 's book aint on here. So my two cent opinion, Alice Foote Macdougall: Autobiography of a Buisness Woman. It was published in 1928 and is kinda hard to find. Ebay/amazon.
I'm late to the thread but I'll post this anyways.
David Schomer's book has reliably sold well at Espresso Parts for a good number of years and it has been even updated too I believe. I'm sort of surprised it was only mentioned twice.
The new and current favorite is Scott Rao's book of course. This one is full of up to date techniques and theory. I've browsed through this book and it really good. I can't wait to read it cover to cover but I can't get a copy of my own as we can't seem to keep it on the shelf.
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