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Craft Coffee: A Manual : Brewing a Better Cup at Home

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Named a top food & drink book of 2017 by Food Network, Wired, Sprudge, and Booklist.

This comprehensive but accessible handbook is for the average coffee lover who wants to make better coffee at home. Unlike other coffee books, this one focuses exclusively on coffee-not espresso-and explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices.

Thanks to a small but growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality is at an all-time high. But for nonprofessionals, achieving cafe quality at home can seem out of reach. With dozens of equipment options, conflicting information on how to use that equipment, and an industry language that, at times, doesn't seem made for the rest of us, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Craft Coffee: A Manual, written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, is a comprehensive guide to improving your brew at home. The book provides all the information readers need to discover what they like in a cup of specialty coffee-and how to replicate the perfect cup day after day. From the science of extraction and brewing techniques to choosing equipment and deciphering coffee bags, Craft Coffee focuses on the issues-cost, time, taste, and accessibility-that home coffee brewers negotiate and shows that no matter where you are in your coffee journey, you can make a great cup at home.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 191 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 1 Index
  • 1572842334
  • 9781572842335
  • 7,753

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"An engaging resource that holds value for home brewers and professionals alike. This is a coffee book well worth poring over." --Ellie Bradley, editor, Fresh Cup Magazine Chemex. V60. AeroPress. Oh my. For such a simple beverage, coffee can seem complicated, especially if you don't make it for a living. But thanks to a growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality around the world is at an all-time high, and achieving cafe-caliber goodness at home is well within reach. That's where this book comes in. Written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, Craft Coffee helps you figure out what you like, what to buy, and how to use it. From demystifying the science of extraction and manual brewing techniques on 10 different devices to choosing equipment and beans, this accessible guide focuses on the issues--cost, time, taste, and accessibility--that home coffee brewers negotiate. No matter where you are in your coffee journey, you can make a great cup at home.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION

How to Use This Book

The Many Waves of Coffee

Specialty Coffee versus Craft Coffee


CHAPTER 1: Brewing Basics

Extraction

Strength and Yield

Brew Ratio and Dose

Grind Size and Contact Time

Water

Temperature

Pour

Dialing It In


CHAPTER 2: Choosing Hardware

Full-Immersion versus Pour-Over Brewing Devices

How Do Filters Factor In?

Full-Immersion Devices

Pour-Over Devices

Grinders

Scales

Kettles and Thermometers

Brewing Vessels, Servers, and Thermoses


CHAPTER 3: The Coffee

Beans

Varietals and Cultivars

Origin

Process

Roast

Decaffeination


CHAPTER 4: Buying the Coffee

Where to Find Craft Coffee

Seasonality

Deciphering the Coffee Bag Label

Storage


CHAPTER 5: The Flavor

Acids and (Perceived) Acidity

(Perceived) Sweetness

Bitterness

Mouthfeel

Aroma

How to Assess Flavor


CHAPTER 6: Brewing Methods

The French Press (Press Pot, Coffee Press, or Cafetiere)

The AeroPress

The Abid Clever

The Siphon (Vacuum Pot)

The Melitta

The BeeHouse

The Walku re

The Kalita Wave

The Chemex

The Hario V60


APPENDIX: Troubleshooting, Tips, and Tricks

RESOURCES

INDEX

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Praise for Craft Coffee: A Manual:

"Provides all the information budding javaphiles need to discover what they like in a cup of specialty coffee-and how to replicate the perfect cup at home." -Food Network

"Build a better brew by mastering 10 manual methods, from French Press to Chemex, with this comprehensive guide." -Imbibe Magazine

"Like the coffee bean, Jessica Easto's book . . . dives deep and reaches wide as it teaches consumers how to improve their daily cup." -Chicago Tribune

"Engaging and fun . . . . I really can't recommend Craft Coffee: A Manual enough. If you're even mildly curious about brewing coffee at home, it's absolutely worth a read." -BuzzFeed

"Easto's manual for coffee enthusiasts goes beyond mere brew guide to pull back the curtain on the bean itself, coffee processing and roasting, and industry jargon-we're on to you, tattooed barista. . . . Easto offers a thorough overview of coffee that is never elitist in tone, emphasizing that individual taste should always be one's guide. . . . Clearly written and comprehensive, this book belongs in every home barista's tool kit." -Booklist, starred review

"Craft Coffee is a beautifully written guide to improving your home coffee no matter what your brew method or current coffee setup. . . . If this book doesn't make your brew better, then I'm coming over to your house every morning, because your coffee is already top notch." -Sprudge

"Eliminates the intimidation factor from manual brewing. . . . This guide offers value for new cafes or novice baristas, as well as the casual consumer." -Fresh Cup Magazine

"If you're ready to learn more about perfecting your morning cup, this is a great place to start." -Wired

"There's nothing quite like home brewing for sheer satisfaction. This book will help brewers to finesse their technique and select the best equipment." -Perfect Daily Grind

"The small hardcover includes recipes and simply explains how to use equipment and produce tastier coffees." -Eater Chicago

"A well-rounded presentation of coffee basics in an easily digestible format. From helping readers understand the origins of coffee and how it's processed, to deciphering the vast array of available brewing methods and how to use them, Jessica and Andreas have put together an engaging resource that holds value for home brewers and professionals alike. Full of wonderful illustrations, convenient tables, and helpful sidebars, this is a coffee book well worth poring over." -Ellie Bradley, editor, Fresh Cup Magazine
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About Jessica Easto

Jessica Easto received a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Gapers Block, and more. She has been brewing craft coffee at home for more than eight years.

Andreas Willhoff is the director of education at Halfwit Coffee Roasters and the director of operations at The Wormhole, a Chicago craft coffee shop that has been recognized by Food & Wine, Sprudge.com, Fresh Cup, and CNN.com, among other places.
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