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Coffee Books (all) - Holly D's Review
Posted: January 15, 2002, 11:22am
review rating: 5.0
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Arrow The Coffee Books (all) has 22 Reviews
Arrow The Coffee Books (all) has been rated 8.56 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Carl S Lau 9.20
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James Schulman 9.00
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Home Coffee Roasting: Romance & Revival by Kenneth Davids
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $9.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: amazon.com zshops Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Needs a new revised edition, but still worth buying.
Positive Product Points

This is a good overview of the history, tradition and process of roasting. It's a fine starting point for new roasters.

Negative Product Points

The book was written before a lot of relevant products existed, so they're not covered. The sources in the back are similarly dated.

Detailed Commentary

This was the only book that came up in a search for "coffee roasting" at Amazon, so I bought it. I'm glad I did. There is a lot of good information in here about bean origins, the history and science of roasting, and how to roast using several different methods.

The big drawback is that there's no mention of things like the Alpenröst, HWP or FreshRoast, because the book was published before they existed. There's plenty about stovetop and popper roasting, though.

The part I enjoyed the most was the regional breakdowns. Naturally, he had to be general when describing coffees from a given country or continent, but I think he did a good job of giving a basic idea what to expect from beans of many nations.

Buying Experience

Amazon is always easy, what can I say. One click and it was mine.

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