The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee

The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee

by Kevin Sinnott


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“In the decades that Kevin Sinnott has spent meeting with and interviewing hundreds of coffee professionals, rather than crossing over to the dark side and becoming one himself, he has taken what he has learned and translated it from coffee geek-speak into English. Why? For the sole purpose of allowing you to better enjoy your coffee. In short, if you like coffee, you will love this book.” —Oren Bloostein, proprietor of Oren’s Daily Roast

There is no other beverage that gives you a better way to travel the world than coffee. You can literally taste the volcanic lava from Sumatra, smell the spice fields of India, and lift your spirits to the Colombian mountaintops in your morning cup of joe. The Art and Craft of Coffee shows you how to get the most out of your coffee, from fresh-roasted bean to hand-crafted brew.

In The Art and Craft of Coffee, Kevin Sinnott, the coffee world’s most ardent consumer advocate, educates, inspires, and caffeinates you.

Inside you will find: 

  • How green coffee beans are farmed and harvested
  • Insight into single-origin coffee beans and worldwide coffee harvests
  • A photo guide to roasting your own coffee at home
  • How to choose the best grinder for your beans
  • A complete, visual manual for 9 coffee brewing styles, including French press, vacuum, Chemex, auto-drip, Turkish ibrik, and espresso
Delicous recipes for dozens of coffee and espresso beverages

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592535637
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 626,447
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin Sinnott, host of the Coffee Brewing Secrets instructional video and website is a foremost consumer coffee authority. Sinnott created The Coffee Companion, the first-ever consumer publication about finding and brewing the world's best coffee. He's made more than 100 media appearances, including USA TODAY, The Chicago Tribune, Oprah, and countless other television and radio shows. He served five years on the Specialty Coffee Association of America's (SCAA) Technical Standards Committee. He has conducted brewing seminars at SCAA trade shows and hosted Espresso BARISTA competitions at coffee trade shows. In addition to several patents pending for coffee making apparatus, he owns more than 100 vintage and contemporary coffee brewers.

Table of Contents


Section One
The Beans

Chapter One: Knowing Your Coffee Beans
The History of Coffee
Coffee Plants and Botanical Classifications
Coffee Varieties by Grade (or Marketing Scare Tactics)
Worldwide Guide to Coffee
Additional Coffee-Buying Considerations

Chapter Two: Selecting Coffee Beans
Coffee Characteristics
Green Coffee Bean Basics
Buying Fresh Roasted Beans
The Basics of Blended Beans

Chapter Three: Coffee Roasts and Roasting
Commercial and Micro-Roasting
The Science of Roasting
Coffee Roasts Defined
Home Roasting Techniques

Section Two
The Brew

Chapter Four: Grinding
Grinders and Grinding

Chapter Five: Brewing
The Well-Equipped Brewing Kit
Brewing Temperature and Contact Time
Illustrated Brewing Techniques

Chapter Six: Espresso
The History and Science of Espresso
Espresso Maker Guide
Espresso Grinders and Grinding
Pulling the Perfect Shot
Espresso Troubleshooting Guide

Chapter Seven: Coffee Serving and Recipes
Coffee Presentation and Serving
Coffee and Food
Serving Temperature
Sugar and Milk: Coffee's Complements or Nemeses
Flavored Coffee
Steaming and Frothing Milk
Coffee Recipes: Brews, Cocktails, and Beyond
Odd but Interesting Brewing Methods

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