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Books?

Postby sutono on Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:22 am

Forgive me if this is a well covered topic. We are trying to build a great coffee and tea library, and need recommendations. If you can recommend your favorite books, please let me know. They can also be peripherally related to coffee, like customer service, food, dutch colonial history...

Thank you all.

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Re: Books?

Postby Scott Rao on Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:26 pm

Um...I could recommend one.
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Re: Books?

Postby sutono on Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:33 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot about Scott Rao's complete idiot's guide to coffee :wink:
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Re: Books?

Postby Alan Frew on Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:25 pm

http://www.coffeeco.com.au/newsletter/november2004.html

I've also added "The Best of Coffee, A Cookbook" by Sandra Gluck

"A Little Coffee Cookbook" by Janet Laurence

"The Coffee Book" by Rosemary Moon

and "The Pocket Guide to Coffees & Teas" by Kenneth Anderson

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Re: Books?

Postby Scott Rao on Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:39 pm

sutono wrote:Oh yeah, I forgot about Scott Rao's complete idiot's guide to coffee


I think you read that one didn't you?

I'd throw in:

Illy's Espresso Coffee: the science of quality...hard to read, even harder to make practical use of behind the bar, but great for geeks who like to read a bit of the fundamental science of espresso.

Ted Lingle's The Coffee Cuppers' Handbook... only useful for cupping, but also the only useful one for cupping.

The Professional Barista's Handbook for a combination of science and practical techniques. (full disclosure for those not paying too close attention: I wrote it)

for those who really, really want the nitty-gritty, not-very-useful science, you might find a few gems of research papers to download at http://www.asic-cafe.org (they're not books but thought I'd add them to the list)

Finally, there is Andy Schecter's forthcoming classic How Schectermatic Laboratories Quietly and Ingeniously Took Over the Coffee Brewing World Using only Common Household Objects as Machine Mod's
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Re: Books?

Postby amber fox on Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:05 pm

i second that last one ;)

if you want to impress any social justice-y students who might linger in your cafe, or add a little social awareness to your coffee library, i would add:
-Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Ecosystems in Latin and Central America, Christopher M. Bacon (ed.)
-Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and Survival, by Daniel Jaffee
-The Coffee Paradox, by Benoit Deviron

also, as far as coffee history books go, i would choose Antony Wild's Coffee: A Dark History over some of the other more commonly found and pedestrian histories out there. And, if you can get your hands on the three part Canadian-made documentary called 'Black Coffee', I would recommend it as a decent overview of history to present day markets.

happy reading!
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Re: Books?

Postby sutono on Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:21 pm

right on! keep 'em coming...
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Re: Books?

Postby Ed Whitman on Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:59 pm

Books by Ken David, Michael Sivetz and Mark Pendergrast are classics. McCoy and Walker produced a simple and informative coffee and tea book. There is also a nice one on La Minita.
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Re: Books?

Postby sutono on Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:43 am

Great one. The Mccoy and Walker was required reading back when I worked for Peets
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Re: Books?

Postby Sean Starke on Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:31 am

If you can get your hands on a Uker's Guide you'll learn an amazing amount. The world has certainly changed since it was written, but it remains none-the-less the standard.
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Re: Books?

Postby luca on Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:13 am

Without wanting to repeat anything ...

Sandalj and Eccardi's Coffee: A Celebration of Diversity is a great overview of the whole thing.

The ICO's sensory analysis book is nice purely because it is cited so much; it is basically a record of some first-hand experiments - I think that Annete and I blagged the last two copies that the ICO had, but they will photocopy and bind one up for you if you ask ... not a bad option, because it's cheaper.

Weissman's God In A Cup is an engaging read that is quite up-to-date.

The Dormans book Kahawa:Kenya's Black Gold is a beautifully photographed, but quite short, book on Kenyan coffee.

I'd love to get my hands on the latest Wintgens book, but I just can't afford it.

Bersten's Coffee Floats Tea Sinks is a very will written and researched book that explores various coffee brewing gadgets throughout the ages.

Hammelburg's Connecting Worlds: The Coffee Trail has some pretty pictures.

Finally, to throw a curve ball in there, The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin offers a glimpse into the world of perfume creation and a glimpse at a new theory of how scent works. It is written as a first person narrative. I enjoyed it, as, I think, will most people who are serious about the sensory analysis part of coffee.

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Re: Books?

Postby Michael Phillips on Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:14 am

This is on the service side of things

Charlie Trotter - lessons in service by Edmund Lawler

Granted the service this book covers is top of the top fine dining and even a cursory knowledge of Charlie Trotter will imply he is a bit compulsive ( the servers wearing tape on their shoes to pick the lint up off the floor while they work...) but I think it is still relevant. Even aside from the service aspect, just looking at the mindset behind how things are done is great. It reinforces in a positive way of sorts the idea that you can always do better no matter where your at and it makes it seem worthwhile as well.
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Re: Books?

Postby kylefreund on Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:50 pm

"Silence on the Mountain" by Daniel Wilkinson

It's kind of tangential to coffee, but deals with a coffee plantation and its workers during Guatemala's civil war.
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Re: Books?

Postby JakeLiefer on Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:14 pm

Coffeeshops serve as much more than just a place to get a cup of coffee, they serve as meeting grounds and social interaction for a wide range of people in the community.The Great Good Place or Celebrating The Third Place by Ray Oldenburg are must reads for shop owners and employees to see the value and catch the vision of community coffeehouses.

If you'd like to expand into 'food philosophy', I recommend Michael Pollan's In The Defense of Food, one of the more popular and well known books in this genre. Pollan describes how our food gets on the table, from large scale farms, large organic farms, and small, local farms. Another 'food philosophy' book I'd recommend is Robert Farrar Capon's The Supper of the Lamb. Capon, an Episcopal priest, writes a witty book on enjoying food and its relation to community.

A coffee book I'd recommend is Wrestling with Starbucks by Kim Fellner. What I enjoy about this book is that she looks at Starbucks from several different perspectives, the farmers, communities, other coffeeshops, employees, and management. Rather than just come at it with a kneejerk reaction, she listens to both sides and hears the positive and negatives that Starbucks brings to these groups. I came away from the book feeling like I had a more comprehensive understanding of the issues and can better articulate what Starbucks brings to the coffee community, farmers, and employees.
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Re: Books?

Postby Deferio on Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:49 am

Michael Phillips wrote:This is on the service side of things

Charlie Trotter - lessons in service by Edmund Lawler

Granted the service this book covers is top of the top fine dining and even a cursory knowledge of Charlie Trotter will imply he is a bit compulsive ( the servers wearing tape on their shoes to pick the lint up off the floor while they work...) but I think it is still relevant. Even aside from the service aspect, just looking at the mindset behind how things are done is great. It reinforces in a positive way of sorts the idea that you can always do better no matter where your at and it makes it seem worthwhile as well.



Awesome book...It is on the reading list for The Coffee Institute...
the companion book "Lessons in Excellence" is also a great book.
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Re: Books?

Postby JakeLiefer on Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:54 pm

I was down at Sur La Table and saw Coffee Drinks in the cookbook section. Picked it up and was surprised by the quality drinks, many of them competition signature drinks made by Coffeed members. Looks like a great book for inspiration in signature drink creation and planning.
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Re: Books?

Postby JeremyRaths on Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:07 am

The Devil's Cup is a fun read.
And don't forget Jobin's little ditty.
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Re: Books?

Postby JackieBillings on Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:57 pm

Uncommon Grounds - Pendergrast
A very comprehensive history of coffee through the ages.

The Devil's Cup is both informative and hilarious.

Confronting the Coffee Crisis - V. Ernesto Mendez and Chris Bacon
Is a good read for a scholarly, interdisciplinary study about economic and environmental sustainability. Case studies and research. Really interesting stuff.
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Re: Books?

Postby coffeeactivist on Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:36 pm

You can get "All about Coffee" by Ukers in html or ebook format from Project Gutenberg, I've got it on my iPhone and it's been very enjoyable. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28500
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Re: Books?

Postby Daniel Humphries on Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:20 pm

There is an out-of-print book by Bernard Rothfos called simply "Coffee" that is the best single book on coffee science that I have ever read, and that includes two slogs through the Illy book. However, I've only ever seen one copy, in the lab of Willem Boot.

If you ever see this book, GRAB IT and read it.
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Re: Books?

Postby 123coffee on Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:25 pm

Bernhard Rothfus', the great German green coffee importer, wrote two (2) volumes. Coffee Production (1980) in a green cover, and Coffee Consumption (1986) in a brown cover. GORDIAN-Max-Rieck GmbH, Hamburg. Together they are an excellent reference for the serious coffee student.

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Re: Books?

Postby ninetyplus on Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:49 am

Tony,

We're coming out with a book called Coffee: Authentic Ethiopia
Publishing Date: Early Summer 2010.

Here's an quick overview:

Welcome to a new vision of Ethiopia—where bucolic landscape reveals bountiful coffee cherries, unexplored sandstone towers reach 500 feet into the sky, and the century-old wild coffee trees hold the future of both a nation and specialty coffee. Ethiopia is developing in the global consciousness beyond its history of drought, famine, and war, and doing so by embracing the impressive heritage and potential of its defining crop. Coffee: Authentic Ethiopia is a story of that process: a visual and narrative tale of opportunity, resources, education, and heritage.

Join us for a book vested in Ethiopian coffee and the specialty coffee industry. http://originpointpress.com/inquire.php.

Written by Majka Burhardt author of
Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa.
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Re: Books?

Postby sweetmarias on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:58 pm

123coffee wrote:Bernhard Rothfus', the great German green coffee importer, wrote two (2) volumes. Coffee Production (1980) in a green cover, and Coffee Consumption (1986) in a brown cover. GORDIAN-Max-Rieck GmbH, Hamburg. Together they are an excellent reference for the serious coffee student.

-Donald Schoenholt


Yes -- I have been looking for these... not easy to find.
let's cup through this ... together.
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Re: Books?

Postby James Hoffmann on Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:08 am

I got quite lucky using a website called usedbooksearch. The Rothfos is indeed good, and I found a good few books on growing and processing too through it.

I need to save up for the Wintgens though.
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