St. Martin's Press
Size: 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
In the past decade, home coffee roasting has gone from a small but growing trend to an increasingly mainstream audience. Still, for many in the current generation of coffee lovers, roasting remains a mysterious process. In this completely revised, expanded edition of his classic Home Coffee Roasting, James Beard Award nominated Kenneth Davids reveals the secrets to simple, quality home roasting.
Home Coffee Roasting provides insightful, easy-to-follow guidelines for every step in the process:
- The new home roasters: how to evaluate and use them
- A resource guide for green beans and home-roasting equipment
- Best techniques for storing green beans
- Tips on perfecting a roast
- How to create your own blend
With David's charming blend of commentary on coffee, the history of roasting and connoisseurship, how-to instructions, copious illustrations, and an invaluable resource guide, this revised, expanded edition of Home Coffee Roasting is the one necessary book for every true coffee lover.
Notes from Casey "The Coffee Guy":
This book is packed with info and is meaty: lots of detail and info and good sketches of everything talked about. Kenneth Davids is huge in the coffee industry and has been a home roaster for years - since way before home roasting was mainstream (well, it's still not so mainstream...but you understand). He imparts tons of knowledge in this book and adds an interesting dimension to it all: the history of coffee roasting. But keep in mind, this book is centered around roasting, not so much coffee brewing and grinding and the like. This book leaves you with a good knowledge of the history of coffee roasting, different roast styles, a good understanding of the nature of different beans from different regions and the tools available on the market for home roasting (although the Hearthware i-Roast has since become available and isn't covered). If you are interested in getting into home coffee roasting or are already a home roaster and just want to learn more, this is definitely the book for you. Below is the table of contents.
Chapter 1: Why Home Roasting?
- Authenticity, Economy, Alchemy
- Liberating the Taste Genie: Chemistry and Drama of the Roast
Chapter 2: From Spoon to Fluid Beds
- Roasting History
- A Visual History of Roasting Machines
Chapter 3: From Cinnamon to Charcoal
- Roast Styles
- Quick Reference Guide to Roast Styles
Chapter 4: What to Roast
- Choosing Green Beans
- Coffee Geography: Some Fancy Coffees of the World
Chapter 5: Getting Started
- Equipment, Methods, Issues
- Quick Guide to Home-Roasting Options and Procedures
Chapter 6: Afterwords
- Postroast Flavors and Frills
- Storing and Handling Roasted Coffee
- Cupping Coffee at Home