The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes by James Freeman and Caitlin Freeman and Tara Duggan

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  • Food52

    All that said, the real review is this: I bought this book as a Christmas gift for the coffee drinkers and bakers in my life. They were all thrilled.

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  • 5 second rule

    This sophisticated book, with its rich, coffee-colored palette, is part educational adventure, part practical guidebook. ... This book is for the culinary adventurer with a deep-passion for coffee.

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  • Epicurious

    If you've ever wanted to understand the process of how coffee is made--from bean to cup... If you want to get the most flavor out of your cup of coffee, regardless of brewing method, read the book.

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  • Kitchn

    ...enough information on how coffee is grown, picked, roasted, ground, brewed, and tasted to keep any coffee geek happy for quite some time. ...the final third of the book is filled with recipes...

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  • ISBN 10 1607741180
  • ISBN 13 9781607741183
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Nov 20 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

One of the country's most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.

Coffee is experiencing a renaissance and Blue Bottle Coffee Company has quickly become one of America’s most celebrated roasters. Famous for its complex and flavorful coffees, Blue Bottle delights its devoted patrons with exquisite pour-overs, delicious espressi, and specialized brewing methods.

Yet as coffee production becomes more sophisticated with specialized extraction techniques and Japanese coffee gadgets, the new artisan coffees can seem out of reach. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee explains this new world from farm to cup, exploring the bounty of beans available and the intricate steps that go into sourcing raw coffee from around the globe. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman coaches you through brewing the perfect cup of coffee, using methods as diverse as French press, nel drip, siphon, and more to produce the best flavor.

For coffee lovers who want to roll up their sleeves and go deeper, Freeman explains step by step how to roast beans at home using standard kitchen tools—just like he did when starting out. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee also introduces a home technique for cupping, the industry method of tasting coffees for quality control, so you can hone your taste and share your meticulously roasted coffee with friends.

Rounding out the book are more than thirty inventive recipes from Blue Bottle pastry chef and former Miette bakery owner Caitlin Freeman that incorporate coffee or just taste particularly good with coffee, such as Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles, Stout Coffee Cake with Pecan-Caraway Streusel, Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta, and more.

With more than one hundred stunning photographs showing coffee’s journey from just-harvested cherry to perfect drink, this distinctive and deep guide to the new breed of amazing coffees from one of the top artisan coffee makers will change the way you think about—and drink—coffee.

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