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This is the mother of all coffee books. I always mused that if only Nestle would share what they know about coffee, the trade would be advanced by leaps and bounds.
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.
This 2nd edition is the product of 40 agronomists, coffee researchers, and others with very specific knowledge and expertise, this book is up-to-date, even including through information on the coffee genome. The 6 sections in this massive 983 page paperback book are:
* Pests and Diseases
* Harvesting and Processing
* Storage, Shipment and Quality
* Data and Information
Please be warned, this book is not for the casual reader! I made a page of the Publisher Description and detailed Table of Contents, and another with Page View, snapshots.
From the publisher: "An outstanding and currently the only comprehensive handbook for the coffee-professional. 40 authors from the leading coffee-growing countries present the most recent technologies applied to coffee husbandry. The book features 900 carefully selected illustrations, 300 of these in full color, which substantiate the written text. The handbook provides basic guidelines and recommendations which are applicable everywhere rather than referring to any specific country. Added to this, the reader will find numerous data tables and an overview of relevant information sources."
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