It's not often you find a book that most every reviewer agrees is a 4 or 5 star book. This is one of them. As I pondered a good book that was "all about coffee" (talk about a broad subject matter) I saw this; The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes by Tara Duggan. With rave reviews, save one, it was a hit for those looking for information regarding roasting, brewing, recipes, home roasting, picking, blending, suppliers and more. The one sole less than sparkling review at the time of this posting was someone who bought the ebook (Kindle) version and was unhappy with the format. The thing is, formatting Kindles and any kind of ebook is completely and utterly different than any other kind of typing, writing and formatting you can do. If a book isn't meant to be an ebook but is quickly turned into one just to make it available in that form, it will not be formatted correctly. But the hard copy version of this book is raved about by critics and reviewers alike.
One of the country's most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.
“Once you’ve tried Blue Bottle coffee there is no going back—and thanks to this book, you can now understand exactly why. This be-all book on today’s coffee culture is a how-to and why manual that will thrill coffee geeks, amateurs, and professionals alike. And for those whose experience is that food is an afterthought at a coffee bar, you can now have Blue Bottle’s sumptuous recipes that are like the crema in the cup.”
-Danny Meyer, restaurateur and author of Setting the Table
“Knowing James is like knowing a prophet; my friendship with him opened my eyes to a whole new planet of coffee possibilities. What he’s taught me about coffee changed my world, and this beautiful brew of useful tips, surprising information, and tasty inspiration will change yours, too. I’m still buzzing.”
-Mourad Lahlou, chef-owner of Aziza, San Francisco, and author of Mourad: New Moroccan
Although I personally have no interest in purchasing green coffee beans and roasting at home, I do enjoy a good 'coffee' read, I like the information on brewing and I really, really love the recipes added. The Salted Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches... oh my goodness!
This book is highly recommended in three circles. First, for yourself and your own knowledge, education and entertainment. Second, as a gift for anyone who loves coffee, owns a coffee bar, has an interest in roasting and brewing or just loves both coffee and baking. Third, coffee barista's. Even Starbucks Masters have learned a thing or two from this book. Barista's are raving about it in reviews... which really, tells you pretty much all you need to know.