Basics : A Quick and Easy Guide by Kevin Knox.
This is the first book I read about coffee, and probably
one of the best overviews of coffee ever written.
Kevin Knox was the Specialty Coffee buyer for Starbucks®,
and he uses his experience to describe in precise
detail how to prepare an excellent cup of coffee.
Do not let the title be deceiving. This book is much
more than basic. I highly recommend this book to anyone
new to this industry or simply desiring to learn more
Coffee Roasting: Romance & Revival by Kenneth
Davids. A must! Every person who enjoys coffee must
read this book. This is a comprehensive book about
home roasting and is responsible for my conversion
to drinking only freshly roasted coffee. The book
is slightly dated since its pages have inspired a
number of retailers to produce home roasters and sell
unroasted coffee, but the general information provided
on roasting coffee at home cannot be found elsewhere.
Coffee: Professional Techniques by David Schomer.
This book is currently the best book available for
describing espresso preparation. I recommend it highly
for any barista or coffee shop owner. The price is
inexpensive, but some of the techniques are difficult
to learn without watching somebody. Please check the
espresso section of this web site for details on some
difficulties I had implementing some of the techniques.
In the meantime, order this book!
Tasting: A Professional Handbook (A... by Ron
S. Jackson. OK so it's not about coffee, but I find
it to be one of the best books written on general
tasting principles. The wine industry is years ahead
of the coffee industry in terms of understanding the
constituents responsible for taste. It is perfectly
reasonable to extend the theory discussed in this
book from wine to coffee. I find it to be an invaluable
source of information about beverage tasting principles.
Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving... by Stewart
Lee Allen. This book describes the history of coffee
in a more entertaining way than I have previously
seen. Allen traveled the world, following the same
path that coffee traveled as it spread from Ethiopia.
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to cultivate
their understanding of coffee's influence on history.
Grounds: The History of Coffee... by Mark Pendergrast.
An excellent book about coffee history and the coffee
market. This book takes a more modern approach than
the Devil's Cup, and reviews the more recent history
of coffee. This book is extremely well written, and
is probably the most comprehensive book about coffee
Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry... This book
is one of the best introductory books about coffee
history that I have read. The facts within are intriguing
and fun to read. This book is less detailed than Uncommon
Grounds, but is easier to read and contains very useful
Recent Developments by R. J. Clarke (Editor),
O. G. Vitzthum (Editor). This book was written by
two famous coffee science experts to detail recent
developments in the scientific understanding of coffee.
This book is highly scientific and is recommended
only for coffee professionals and scientists.
Flavor Chemistry by Ivon Flament. This fascinating
and thorough book details many of the chemical constituents
found in coffee and their influence on flavor and