Books

We carry a general interest book on home coffee roasting and then subject specific and technical books. From Scott Rao's Professional Barista's Handbook to Witgen's Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production, many of these titles are probably over the top for the home roasting enthusiast, but they are of interest to Tom and so we stock them.

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  • Sweet Maria's Roast Log Booklet

    This little booklet could be the most valuable item in your home roast tool shed. If you don't already log your roasts, you should. It will help you learn about roasting and to replicate that perfect batch you did last week. A lot of thought went into designing these. We did our best to produce a log that would be valuable for those using any kind of roaster.

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  • The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao

    The Coffee Roaster's Companion is a great resource for the home roaster. It explains what happens to coffee as heat is applied and roasting techniques. It also dives a little into cupping, brewing and how to choose a roaster. The photos are great and so are the examples of curves and charts. This is a basic consolidation of roasting info. It may be a bit elementary for professional roasters so expect to breeze through this book if you have been roasting on large machines for a while. We still think it's an excellent book and are glad that Scott Rao took the time to create it.

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  • Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival by Kenneth Davids

    The book for home roasting --- for newbies and oldbies alike. A must-have. This is the latest edition (late 2003), and the only book devoted entirely to home roasting. It happens to be an excellent resource and reference for our craft. A book that is both technically descriptive and fun to read, you might notice references to it throughout our web pages.



     

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  • Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality by Illy and Vaini

    Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality is by Rinantonio Viani of Nestle Research Laboratories in Switzerland and Andreas Illy of Illycafe and Nestle. This is the hardcover, rewritten Second Edition of the famous Espresso Coffee: The Chemistry of Quality. Famous? Well, among home roasters it is, because there are just too many "coffee recipe" and hokey espresso cookbooks out there ... and this book is 180 degrees opposite.

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  • Coffee Cupper's Handbook by Ted Lingle

    The full edition of the Coffee Cupper's Handbook by Ted Lingle.  This is a 66 Page, 8.5 x 11 cupping manual that includes a full-color reproduction of the Coffee Cupper's Flavor Wheel on the inside covers ... very handy!
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  • Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production by Jean Wintgens

    This is the mother of all coffee books. Sure, Illy likes to show off what they know, but Nestle, Kraft, P&G etc have far more information. That is what this book is, a compendium of information from seasoned researchers and professionals, with quite a few (like Wintgens himself) having spent quite some time at Nestle. This book is oriented towards those with real information needs about coffee production, or those with an insatiable appetite for coffee information.

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  • Coffee Flavor Chemistry by Ivon Flament

    This book is not for you! Okay, maybe it is, but only of you are either a. in the coffee trade; b. have a strong science background; c. are an incessant know-it-all; or d. are a hardcore home roaster. This is much more of a reference book than a reading book. Now that I have said everything wrong with it, let me say now that it is fantastic and a must-have volume for every serious coffee library.

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  • The Professional Barista's Handbook by Scott Rao

    The Professional Barista's Handbook is a very efficient training manual for espresso, and features some great information on brewing too (plus a couple pages on tea ... why?) I was impressed with how concise it is, and how useful it will be for the home enthusiast.

    Best of all, it cuts to the chase and shows the core methods for achieving great extraction without making you read too much theory. It also avoids being too specific in showing just one technique. In other words, read this book and over time you surely will develop your own variations. That's the way it should be.

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