The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee


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The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee is perfect for the curious coffee enthusiast within. This thorough guide provides a wealth of easy-to-read and understand coffee knowledge that everyone from the beginning coffee lover to the expert barista can enjoy.

Start your journey with the comprehensive history and origin of coffee, beginning at the 9th century and back to present day. Continue your journey with coffee growing, harvesting and producing, and move into the role of the roaster and how coffee bean roasting works in commercial and home settings. Learn how to make different coffee-based drinks and about the vast amount of home coffee equipment that's currently available to day.

  • Coffee Terms - A portion of this book features a helpful glossary of terms often used in the 'coffee biz'. If you're just starting out on your personal coffee journey and are a little unsure of what 'bloom', 'first crack' or 'hulling' means, The Curious Barista's got your back!
  • Recipes - Tristan Stephenson (The Curious Barista himself!) shares his own recipes of coffee liqueur, coffee ice cream, an espresso martini and several more caffeine-filled tasty treats.
  • 'Bound' to Last - This book is bound in a durable hard cover, sure to last through many readings.
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Even if you consider yourself an expert in everything coffee, this book is still a great point of reference for those little things you might forget.


Width 8.00 inches
Depth 1.25 inches
Height 9.50 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 2.0000
Manufacturer Ryland Peters & Small


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Great first book for the budding baristaReview by Hal
Great book as the first book that a budding barista should buy. The material is a compendium of material that can be found in a multiple number of places in one place. It is also void of jargon and explains some of the detail mentioned elsewhere in non jargon language.

Although most of the material in this book is available elsewhere, this book goes deeper into the meaning of some of the techicaleze common in the world of coffee. I also found it to be an entertaining read. It has cogent definitions/explanations of the various espresso drinks as well as recipes for some drinks containing brewed coffee and espresso pulled coffee.

Good value for the money. Googling Stephenson turns up an interesting CV. It seems he is well respected in the UK as a mixologist/consultant in the food industry. I personally had never heard of him but I took a chance on the book and I'm rather happy I did. (Posted on 8/23/2015)

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