Sometimes it’s amazing to consider the wide range of careers that people can embrace to make a living. Being a barista has not been seen as a lifelong job, but coffee expert James Hoffman has not only become a champion barista, but an author sharing his expertise in this popular libation.
If you can only buy one book on the subject of coffee, it should be this one.
Covering a short history of the bean and swiftly pulling you into the actual preparation of the drink, you’ll be an expert yourself by the end. Impress your friends by demonstrating your mastery of the espresso machine and the ability to tell an Asian coffee from an African one!
The book really is a cradle-to-grave treatment of the subject. From how to harvest the plant to roasting and brewing. Who knew there was so much to know about coffee?
Alternatively, if you have someone who aspired to be a professional barista, consider this the only textbook they are likely to need. Even if you only drink the instant stuff, the World Atlas of Coffee will make for an intriguing read. You Philistine.