The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman & Tara Duggan

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee

By James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman & Tara Duggan

  • Release Date: 2012-10-09
  • Genre: Beverages
Score: 4
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Description

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.

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.

Reviews

  • Inspirational but lacks depth

    3
    By Almoko
    Ok, so the book is mostly James’s history, which is truly inspiring, with some detail about techniques for making coffee drinks (somewhat useful) and a lot of recepies for snacks that may come with the coffee. There isn’t much depth to the coffee making story though.
  • Justice to Coffee

    5
    By Aliasair
    I love good coffee. I love making good coffee. About halfway through the book, I started to agree with another reviewer that the author seemed to be a bit of a snob when it came to his craft. So I got online & ordered a few bags of Blue Bottle coffee. Wow. I really had no idea what delicious coffee was prior to that tasting experience. Trust me when I say that Starbucks & the sort is not good coffee. I went back to reading the book while drinking his coffee & the snobbery melted from the words & instead were replaced with care & precision. This is someone who loves coffee & spent years perfecting his craft. I'm just a novice, but I've learned so much (& I'm definitely ordering more coffee). Thank you for sharing James. ;)
  • Got too pretentious

    2
    By Leslie and Pam
    It was interesting at first, then became a just too snobby to enjoy
  • Excellent

    5
    By East Coast Elementary
    Travelling to San Francisco for the first time I had no expectation for discovering decent coffee. At the WWDC conference they had Seattles Best Coffee brewing, one sip and I spat it out. I discovered just a few blocks from the Moscone centre Blue Bottle Coffee, this was a queue worth joining. Great coffee and a the best discovery of 2012 - the ginger molasses cookie. The story of Blue Bottle's origins and the Recipe for the Ginger Molasses cookies alone are reward enough for this book.

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