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World Atlas of Coffee

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  • Back in 2010, when I was an adamant tea-only drinker, Wes took me to Penny University in London, a pop-up brew bar and retail space by Jim Hoffmann and Tim Williams for Square Mile. It was there that I met Jim for the first time, and he served me the coffee that gave me that eye opening moment - the realization that coffee could actually taste of something delicious.

    James Hoffmann won the World Barista Championship in 2007, and went on to start Square Mile Coffee Roasters - which set the bar for speciality coffee roasters in the UK. He's also a pretty nice chap, and he's written this beautiful book, which you're going to need to add to your collection

    The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing - Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed, by James Hoffmann

    A beautiful world guide to the brown bean.

    Taking the reader on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It shows the origins of coffee -- where it is grown, the people who grow it; and the cultures in which coffee is a way of life -- and the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee.

    Plants of the genus Coffea are cultivated in more than 70 countries but primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. For some countries, including Central African Republic, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Honduras, coffee is the number one export and critical to the economy.

    Organized by continent and then further by country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the brew in color spreads packed with information. They include:

    • The history of coffee generally and regionally
    • The role of colonialism (for example, in Burundi under colonial rule of Belgium, coffee production was best described as coercive. Every peasant farmer had to cultivate at least 50 coffee trees near their home.)
    • Map of growing regions and detail maps
    • Charts explaining differences in growing regions within a country
    • Inset boxes (For example, what is the Potato Defect? Is Cuban coffee legal in the United States?)
    • The politics of coffee and the fair trade, organic and shade grown phenomena
    • Beautiful colour photographs taken in the field.

    Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. The World Atlas of Coffee is an excellent choice for these coffee lovers.

    • Hardcover: 256 pages
    • Published in Canada by Firefly Books Ltd. (2014)
    • Copyright 2014
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1-77085-470-3
    • ISBN-13: 978-1-77085-470-3
    • Product Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 26 cm
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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Alex G.
Great book for coffee enthusiasts

Overall, this is a well researched book about coffee that offers tons of information anywhere from harvesting to brewing. It explores different coffee beans, countries that produce them, the brewing methods, etc. It even offers fantastic imagery. Strongly recommended.

Colin M.
Great book

Great book, helped me expand my coffee knowledge.

Great intro to coffee

A great knowledge base to coffee

Joël D.
Solid Book, crushed it in 3 days

This book was awesome! As another reviewer put it, it did leave you wanting more in some areas but for the most part it gave me the most pertinent and relevant information. FYI the cover on mine didn’t match the one depicted....the one on the website looks nicer in my opinion.

A good read

This was a good read with room for improvement for a possible third edition? It was really nice to read about the history of each country and the industry itself. Sometimes the map details or country overview left you wanting a bit more. I did buy a second copy to lend to friends and that speaks to the broad content and readability it provides.

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