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The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee

The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee

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

“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 be

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  1. 21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excelllent Primer, January 26, 2012
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    Rick

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    This review is from: The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee (Paperback)

    I have been drinking premium coffee/espresso for about 20 years and roasting myself for about 3 years. I thought this book was a very terse, to the point primer on coffee. Easy reading and short with great advice about coffee sourcing and roasting basics. Even though I have a little experience with coffee, I still learned quite a bit from this book.

    I am taking 1 star off for the following reasons.

    1. In the Kindle edition the pictures are not synced properly with the captions. A caption will show up after you have flipped 3 pages past the pictures.
    2. In the roasting section he described espresso roast as being beyond Vienna. I have many friends that roast and neither I nor they roast their espresso that dark. I am in contact with about 10 home roasters, none of them ever roast beyond Vienna and usually target Full City + since that is the easiest to benchmark. I usually do Full City myself for a LeLit PL53 grinder with a Simonelli Nouva HX machine, depends on the beans I might go a little darker. Later on in the “espresso” section he says that better espresso can be achieved with a lighter roast. Maybe the editing is not so good.
    3. He attempted to make the case that roasting yourself can be more expensive. This may be dated information or his bean source is very expensive. I generally pay about 6.50 to $7 including shipping per pound, sometimes a pay up to $15 a pound but very rarely. Premium at the supermarket runs at about 1.10/ounce or $16.60 a pound. Even with 10% loss after roasting I’m still almost half the cost. My worst roasts are generally better than super market premium coffees (which are generally stale and charred anyway ) and my typical roasts are better than most local roasters where I live.

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  2. 15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If you even remotely enjoy coffee.., August 4, 2010
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    d-money

    This review is from: The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee (Paperback)

    This book is a welcome addition to your bookshelf (or, hey, it’s a great start to a bookshelf!). Mr. Sinnott’s knowledge drips through the pages, but never takes the audience for granted. Nothing is “dumbed down” for readers, but nothing is too complicated for those with the, pardon the expression, “layman’s knowledge” of the beverage. The recipes are a welcome addition, as well, as they are not complicated and allow those willing to put in a little work the opportunity to save a lot of money on fancy coffee drinks.

    I liked how this was not just a coffee history, coffee selection or roasting guide, recipe book, or brewing explanation guide, but everything nicely wrapped into one. The further reading references in the back add a personal touch from the coffee-man himself.

    This book is short and sweet, yet not devoid of the narrative subtlety and richness of knowledge. Almost sounds like a shot of espresso.

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  3. 8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Concise cup of coffee, September 17, 2010
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    HM “HM” (New York, NY USA) –

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    Surprisingly delightful look at everything coffee related. Might have some more in-depth coverage of the world of coffee, but given the size of the book, it is amazingly chock full of things that will inform and delight the reader. Read it with a cup of coffee at your side.

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