Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home

Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home


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Named a top food & drink book of 2017 by Food Network, Wired, Sprudge, and Booklist.

This comprehensive but accessible handbook is for the average coffee lover who wants to make better coffee at home. Unlike other coffee books, this one focuses exclusively on coffee—not espresso—and explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices.

Thanks to a small but growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality is at an all-time high. But for nonprofessionals, achieving café quality at home can seem out of reach. With dozens of equipment options, conflicting information on how to use that equipment, and an industry language that, at times, doesn’t seem made for the rest of us, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Craft Coffee: A Manual, written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, is a comprehensive guide to improving your brew at home. The book provides all the information readers need to discover what they like in a cup of specialty coffee—and how to replicate the perfect cup day after day. From the science of extraction and brewing techniques to choosing equipment and deciphering coffee bags, Craft Coffee focuses on the issues—cost, time, taste, and accessibility—that home coffee brewers negotiate and shows that no matter where you are in your coffee journey, you can make a great cup at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572842335
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 96,431
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jessica Easto received a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Gapers Block, and more. She has been brewing craft coffee at home for more than eight years.

Andreas Willhoff is the director of education at Halfwit Coffee Roasters and the director of operations at The Wormhole, a Chicago craft coffee shop that has been recognized by Food & Wine,, Fresh Cup, and, among other places.

Table of Contents


How to Use This Book

The Many Waves of Coffee

Specialty Coffee versus Craft Coffee

CHAPTER 1: Brewing Basics


Strength and Yield

Brew Ratio and Dose

Grind Size and Contact Time




Dialing It In

CHAPTER 2: Choosing Hardware

Full-Immersion versus Pour-Over Brewing Devices

How Do Filters Factor In?

Full-Immersion Devices

Pour-Over Devices



Kettles and Thermometers

Brewing Vessels, Servers, and Thermoses

CHAPTER 3: The Coffee


Varietals and Cultivars





CHAPTER 4: Buying the Coffee

Where to Find Craft Coffee


Deciphering the Coffee Bag Label


CHAPTER 5: The Flavor

Acids and (Perceived) Acidity

(Perceived) Sweetness




How to Assess Flavor

CHAPTER 6: Brewing Methods

The French Press (Press Pot, Coffee Press, or Cafetière)

The AeroPress

The Abid Clever

The Siphon (Vacuum Pot)

The Melitta

The BeeHouse

The Walküre

The Kalita Wave

The Chemex

The Hario V60

APPENDIX: Troubleshooting, Tips, and Tricks




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