10 Books for Coffee Enthusiasts

More than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world each day – – but how much do you know about your favorite beverage? Check out our list of 10 must-read titles.

Coffee Obsession

Take a journey through the coffee-producing nations around the world, and discover the different styles, flavors, and techniques used to brew the perfect cup.  Explore how coffee gets from bean to cup in each region, and what that means for the final product. And learn to make latte, cappuccino, and other iconic coffee styles as if you were a professionally trained barista. Featuring more than 130 classic coffee recipes to suit every taste, detailed flavor profiles and tasting notes, as well as recommended roasts from around the world, this is the perfect introduction to coffee.

The Coffee Trader

Amsterdam, 1659: On the world’s first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city’s most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother’s canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation. Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.”

The Art and Craft of Coffee

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.

Everything But the Coffee

Bryant Simon spent five years visiting hundreds of Starbucks around the world to ask, why did Starbucks take hold so quickly with consumers? What did it seem to provide over and above a decent cup of coffee? Why at the moment of Starbucks’ profit-generating peak did the company lose its way, leaving observers baffled about how it might regain its customers and its cultural significance? Everything but the Coffee probes the company’s psychological, emotional, political, and sociological power to discover how Starbucks’ explosive success and rapid deflation exemplify American culture at this historical moment.

Coffee A Comprehensive Guide

Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry offers a definitive guide to the many rich dimensions of the bean and the beverage around the world. Leading experts from business and academia consider coffee’s history, global spread, cultivation, preparation, marketing, and the environmental and social issues surrounding it today. Tracing coffee’s journey from field to cup, this handbook to one of the world’s favorite beverages is an essential guide for professionals, coffee lovers, and students alike.

Brewing Justice

Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world. But is it working? This vivid study of coffee farmers in Mexico offers the first thorough investigation of the social, economic, and environmental benefits of fair trade.  Based on extensive research in Zapotec indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, Brewing Justice follows the members of the cooperative Michiza, whose organic coffee is sold on the international fair trade market.

Coffee Talk

No beverage has broader world-wide appeal than coffee. Even in India, the coffee business has hugely expanded. It is the magnet that draws people together for inspiring interchanges of information and ideas. Coffee houses continue to be the venues where great minds flock to discuss the latest events. Coffee Talk traces the intriguing history of the product and its consumption even suggesting the best techniques for making the perfect brew to compete in the World Barista Championship.

Devil's Cup

Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? In The Devil’s Cup, Stewart Lee Allen sets out to answer these questions. From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen, where coffee was first cultivated eight hundred years ago, to a cavernous coffeehouse in Calcutta, Allen treks three quarters of the way around the world by train, rickshaw, cargo freighter—even mule—on a caffeinated quest to filter out the truth about the influence of coffee on society and history.

Infinite Emotions

The Infinite Emotions of Coffee provides a contemporary prism of the drink that so much of the world takes for granted every morning. Halevy’s travels to more than 30 countries on six continents shed light on how coffee has shaped and is influenced by different cultures through the bean’s centuries-spanning journey of serendipity, intrigue, upheavals, revival, romance and passion. This is an immersive experience that brings alive the enduring allure of coffee and the nuanced emotions of both tradition-bound and avant-garde cafe cultures.

God in a Cup

Can a cup of coffee reveal the face of God? Can it become the holy grail of modern-day knights errant who brave hardship and peril in a relentless quest for perfection? Can it change the world? These questions are not rhetorical. When highly prized coffee beans sell at auction for $50, $100, or $150 a pound wholesale (and potentially twice that at retail), anything can happen. If you love a good cup of coffee – or a great adventure story – you’ll love this unprecedented look up close at the people and passions behind today’s best beans.

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