Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide

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Put your local coffee bar to the test with Coffee Basics!

With thousands of coffee bars and restaurants serving an endless variety of blends, roasts, and brews, ordering a specialty coffee drink has become as daunting a task as selecting a fine wine. How can you distinguish between great coffee and great hype? Read Coffee Basics.

Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker have filled this handy reference with hundreds of industry truths and trade ...

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Overview

Put your local coffee bar to the test with Coffee Basics!

With thousands of coffee bars and restaurants serving an endless variety of blends, roasts, and brews, ordering a specialty coffee drink has become as daunting a task as selecting a fine wine. How can you distinguish between great coffee and great hype? Read Coffee Basics.

Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker have filled this handy reference with hundreds of industry truths and trade secrets. You'll learn the fundamentals of coffee buying, brewing, and tasting; and develop an aficionado's ability to see beyond the expensive trappings of today's coffee explosion. You'll discover:

  • The basic coffee facts: its origin, history, and many varieties
  • Step-by-step methods for selecting, roasting, blending, and flavoring coffee "to taste"
  • A coffee taster's glossary
  • Simple charts showing grind progression, relative grinding times, and regional characteristics
  • The scoop on decaffeinated, organic, and espresso beans
  • Specialty coffee recipes
  • Lists of the best sources for beans and professional equipment

Whether you make coffee at home or at a fine restaurant, Coffee Basics offers a bottomless cup of brewing knowledge and drinking pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471136170
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/25/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,286,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

JULIE SHELDON HUFFAKER is a writer and editor who works with the specialty coffee industry.

KEVIN KNOX, Vice President and coffee buyer for Allegro and former coffee specialist for Starbucks, is the country's leading coffee expert.

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Table of Contents

What Is Coffee?

A Brief History of the Bean.

The Name Game: Reading Coffee Labels.

A Taster's Guide to Cupping Coffees.

Regional Character.

Roasting and Blending.

How to Brew Great Coffee at Home.

Espresso: A World Unto Itself.

Putting Restaurants to the Test.

Customizing Your Coffee.

Issues in the Marketplace.

Appendices.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2001

    excellent guide to the finest coffee beans and coffee

    if you are serious about having good coffee then this book is a great guide. it gives you a rundown of the beans of the world and their taste characteristics so you can be directed to your favorite beans with a minimum of trial and error. also the section on the best way to brew coffee will be of tremendous help to those who only know coffee making via the instructions on the coffee cans.

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