Improve Your Coffee Knowledge With Reading
Do you know that there are lots of books about specialty coffee that you can read? You can improve your coffee knowledge to the next level with reading. Coffee books are important to read because they provide the science behind coffee, the techniques, and origins. If you want to start exploring the world of coffee, you can definitely start reading some more books!
In coffee books, you can learn about coffee theories of how to create latte art, brew your own coffee, and everything else. It all comes down to how you practice, but theories do help open your mind.
Here are some recommendations that you can read from latte art, water, roasting, and origin.
- The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann
If you plan to just have one coffee book to hold on to and not bother reading other books, this book is your holy ground because it got everything. Everything you need to know is in this book which contains important information from the coffee beans themselves to brewing.
This book contains three parts that will be briefly explained here.
Part One: Introduction To Coffee
The intro is mostly about the differences between Arabica and Robusta grown coffee, how they came up, completed with each of their own facts. From how they’re supposed to be grown, where, and how they affect the taste in your cup.
Do you even recognise a coffee cherry, coffee fruit, the seeds, and other different types of harvesting and processing coffee cherries? As a coffee enthusiast, you would want to know all of these. You’ll be surprised how much they contributed to effect on the results.
Part Two: From Bean To Cup
From coffee cherries and harvesting, now we’re going to roaster’s responsibility even if you’re not a roaster, the whole process will affect what you do.
There are stages of roasting coffee, from light, medium, to dark roast. If you work in the coffee industry, you won’t make a good sell off your cups if you don’t understand what you’re selling. You understand about sweetness, acidity, bitterness, balance, and the aftertaste, but you’ll understand more on how it’s affected.
Now if you’re the barista, your responsibility is to grind the coffee beans correctly, choose the perfect water considering the ph balance of the water, steps on how to make coffee with the French press, Aeropress, Pour over methods will V60, Kalita, Chemex, and other types of equipment. How you control the steamer when you want to mix espresso with milk to create a cup of cappuccino will also affect the taste!
Yes, everything is involved and contributed!
Part Three: Coffee Origins
There are a lot of coffee producers in the world from America to Asia. This book will introduce you to 29 coffee producing countries and in each region of the country.
- Brew Better Coffee At Home by Brian W. Jones
You consider coffee as your hobby and love to brew a cup for yourself. This book will guide you on where you need to go and start an overview of where coffee beans actually come from.
The impact of coffee’s origin, processing, and roasting on your final cup. You’ll find everything easier to understand and decide which coffee you want to get and enjoy the most.
If From The Bean section, you’ll learn about everything you need to know. Geisha, Typica, and SL28. You’ll know what they’re all about after you read this book. This book might not be as complete as The World Atlas of Coffee, but it will definitely help or just learn for the fun of it.
Learn about all the terms like extraction and pour over. Also, get to know about all of the types of equipment that will be involved in how you want to brew coffee. Know the difference of Chemex, V60 made of ceramic or plastic, and Kalita. After you read this book, you will know the basic knowledge of how to brew your coffee at home.
From The Methods section, you will be taught about eight different ways to brew your coffee with different types of equipment. From Pour Over, Chemex, Electric Drip Machine, French Press, Aeropress, Moka Pot, the science behind cold brew and the method where you can add ice when you brew.
This book also comes with recipes you can try at home to help you become more creative with the kind of coffee you want to drink.
It also has other sections where you can learn more about coffee and improve yourself.
There are also other books to help you with your interest in coffee!