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Coffee Books (all) - Patrick Anwandter's Review
Posted: October 23, 2005, 6:19pm
review rating: 5.5
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Product Reviewed: Barista Techniques
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $25.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: www.coffeetraining.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: illy coffee book
Bottom Line: Great manual for instruction and review for the home or commercial barista.
Positive Product Points

Appropriate chapter ordering.
Logical instruction and chapter objectives.
Good 'How-To' guides for each section.
Well written.

Negative Product Points

After lengthy consideration, I can't really find a fault with the book. If you consider the objectives and target market for the book, I think it is a strong resource for commercial and home baristas.

Detailed Commentary

I received this book when I bought my Unico Splendor & Macap grinder (John Doyle & I contend that he sold me the book for about $2000 and he threw in the espresso machine for free).

The book is targeted at the commercial barista, but I found that much of the instruction could be applied to the home barista, particularly one with a suitable machine (the so-called 'pro-sumer' machine).

The focus on maintenance and cleanliness should be applauded, as it would have been easy to just write a book about extractions and milk texturing with a throw-away line of 'don't forget to clean the machine and grinder regularly'.

I often refer to the book, particularly the trouble-shooting guide, when I find I need to modify any part of my techinique.

Overall, a very good manual to have handy. I obviously write from a home-barista's point of view, but I would imagine that, in a commercial environment, the structure and layout would be very beneficial.

Great value for money, at RRP.

Buying Experience

From John Doyle at www.coffeetraining.com. Excellent vendor of machines and this book!

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