The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide To Selecting, Roasting, And Brewing Exquisite Coffee by Kevin SinnottThe Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide To Selecting, Roasting, And Brewing Exquisite Coffee by Kevin Sinnott

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

byKevin Sinnott

Paperback | June 1, 2010

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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
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\u2019s best coffee. He's made more than 100 media appearances, including USA TODAY, ...
Title:The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide To Selecting, Roasting, And Brewing Exquisite…Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.62 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Quarry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1592535631

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging read Overall, an entertaining read. At times a bit folksy, and borrows heavily from other people, but I enjoyed the book in the end.
Date published: 2014-02-07

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

About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Sinnott, Kevin. The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee. Quarry: Quayside. Jun. 2010. 176p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-1-59253-563-7. pap. $24.99. BEVERAGES While there is a plethora of books on the history and economy of coffee, there are surprisingly few about enjoying coffee. With 200 color photos and friendly text, this highly readable and accessible coffee guide is divided into two sections, covering the beans and the brew. In addition to providing a general knowledge of coffee, Sinnott (curator, strives to give readers tools to prepare world-class coffee at home. Along with selecting, roasting, grinding, and brewing coffee, he discusses serving coffee-correct temperatures, using sugar and milk, and the equipment needed. Troubleshooting tips, charts, step-by-step instructions, and a variety of recipes add to the book's usefulness and value. Verdict For people just beginning to develop a home coffee habit, this is a better starting point than Kenneth Davids's Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying, but hard-core coffee fans will want both. - Xpress Review posted June 2010