The Joy of Coffee: The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying – Revised and Updated

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The Joy of Coffee: The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying – Revised and Updated

In this revised and updated edition of the most authoritative guide to coffee, Corby Kummer travels the country and the world to give you all the latest information you need to make a great cup at home: • The best beans and how to buy and store them • The grinder that’s essential for great coffee • Incisive reports on brewing and espresso-making equipment and tips on how to get the best from them, with photographs of current models • A complete, up-to-date list of sources for beans, equi

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  • David Brockert "constant reader" says:
    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book lives up to its title., April 6, 1998
    By A Customer

    Like most caffiene addicts I routinely start my day with a cup of coffee. And since the coffee I made at home was never as good as the coffee I could purchase just about anywhere else I would force myself to drive to a nearby coffee shop no matter how inconvenient or expensive this might be.Since I was devoting a great deal of time and money to this quest I decided to purchase Korby Cummer’s The Joy of Coffee thinking that the investment would eventually result in a better home brew. Happily, the plan worked.

    “Joy” is an incredibly detailed, thorough book which begins with the author traveling to Costa Rica to pick beans and includes descriptions of the various means of roasting, grinding, and and brewing. There is a chapter on Espresso and another chapter examining the health effects of caffeine. The author spends time demystifying coffee terms and compares coffees from around the world. He writes about the advantages and disadvantages of various coffeepots and includes a source guide and a glossary. But the book is not only comprehensive– the writing is engaging. Mr. Kummer also includes forty tempting recipes. I baked the “marvelous mocha cupcakes” which the author says are “wonderful”– sorry, but I didn’t think they were better than “very good”– in fairness the comments “scrumptious” and “amazing” were elicited by two of my friends who generously agreed to sample them. They lasted one night. I also baked his “unbeatable biscotti”. They were excellent– very crispy and light– they lasted two nights. Naturally, I drink them with coffee I brewed from my new pot– at home.

    An excellent companion piece is “Glass Paper Beans” which eloquently describes something we would normally take for granted each day, in this case lingering over a cup of coffee at the local cafe. The author, Leah Hager Cohen, describes what is really involved when we sip our brew while browsing the local paper. She introduces us to the the family who picks the beans, the man who cuts the trees to provide the wood pulp for the newspaper and a woman who works at the glass factory and helps to make the glass that holds the coffee. After reading Ms. Cohen you will never take your daily cup for granted and Mr. Kummer will tell you how to fix that cup in your own home.

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  • D. Vogel says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee, April 10, 2008
    By 
    David Brockert “constant reader” (Madison, Wisconsin) –
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    “The Joy of Coffee” by Corby Kummer, © 1995, 1997, 2003

    This is a rather amazing book. Mr. Kummer starts with the growing of the coffee bean, harvesting, and ends up describing the selection of the various beans for blends. The truly interesting part is that there end up being so many beans that are usable, or maybe that is just my reading of it. The beans are so variable coming off the tree, and the processing is so intricate, I was surprised that we actually got some coffee. Another thought was the need for exporting all the quality these countries can. They are so cash poor they have to sell all they can to provide for the economic system. We are sure lucky here to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors without worrying so much about the money, so far.

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  • Anonymous says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Coffee and Equipment Guide, March 26, 2006
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    D. Vogel
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    This review is from: The Joy of Coffee: The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying – Revised and Updated (Paperback)

    I learned a lot from this book about coffee, and it was a very valuable source of information when I recently purchased a new espresso machine.

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