The World Atlas of Coffee

The World Atlas of Coffee

From Beans to Brewing--coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Book - 2014
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This book is a beautiful world guide to the brown bean. Taking the reader on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It shows the origins of coffee -- where it is grown, the people who grow it; and the cultures in which coffee is a way of life -- and the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee. Plants of the genus Coffea are cultivated in more than 70 countries but primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. For some countries, including Central African Republic, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Honduras, coffee is the number one export and critical to the economy. Organized by continent and then further by country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the brew in color spreads packed with information. They include: The history of coffee generally and regionally; The role of colonialism (for example, in Burundi under colonial rule of Belgium, coffee production was best described as coercive. Every peasant farmer had to cultivate at least 50 coffee trees near their home.); Map of growing regions and detail maps; Charts explaining differences in growing regions within a country; Inset boxes (For example, what is the Potato Defect? Is Cuban coffee legal in the United States?); The politics of coffee and the fair trade, organic and shade grown phenomena; Beautiful color photographs taken in the field. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. The World Atlas of Coffee is an excellent choice for these coffee lovers. --Publisher.
Publisher: Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014
ISBN: 9781770854703
Call Number: 641.3373 H6757w
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Coffee


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Aug 20, 2019

As an earlier reviewer alluded to, this book covers coffee from A-Z. The background information on the coffee tree, harvesting, processing and roasting of beans is fantastic. The description of coffee growing regions, and some of the typical characteristics of the coffee found in those regions, motivated me to explore coffees from areas that I was unaware of. The author provides easy to follow guides for all the major brew methods. Overall, this book opened my eyes to specialty coffee, and I’m hugely thankful for that. If you’re at all curious about coffee, this is the singular book that you need.

May 22, 2015

The World Atlas of Coffee from Beans to Brewing: Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed. --- by --- James Hoffman.
More about coffee than anyone had dared to ask. The book, mainly non-linear but written in side bar topic fashion doesn’t have to be read in one go and as such becomes a useful research tool for the intermediate student of coffee. It’s all there: the origins of the coffee plant; how it is grown, initially processed and then roasted and finally, how it is to be brewed and properly enjoyed. It raises simple coffee and coffee drinking to the level of producing and imbibing fine wines. More than half of the book is devoted to the countries that produce the coffee bean (and no, they are not only those in Latin America) and very well edited maps of these countries and their coffee growing regions. Well organized with lots of full-colour illustrations.

Feb 15, 2015

A great book for coffee lovers.


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