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Home coffee roasting : romance & revival
Davids, Kenneth, 1937-
Personal Author:
Revised updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2003]

Physical Description:
vi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX415 .D43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 beansTips 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.

"Davids' clearly written instructions make home coffee roasting sound easy and should extend the process to a broad audience."-- Booklist

Author Notes

Kenneth Davids, one of the main figures in the home coffee-roasting revival, is the author of three books on coffee, and writes for a number of coffee-industry publications and Web sites. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Booklist Review

This nation's obsession with coffee continues to evolve. Coffee addicts who have already traded up to the latest bean grinders and brewing machines now have a new frontier to conquer: roasting their own beans. Davids' updated edition of his earlier work addresses the technological advances that have made home roasting even more accessible. After surveying the history of coffee roasting and the machinery invented for that purpose, Davids scrutinizes the world's coffees, comparing their varietal characteristics so that home roasters can anticipate which beans will produce coffees that best suit their tastes. His quick guide to home roasting methods clearly delineates the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative, from the most expensive home roasting machines to simple stove-top and microwave oven techniques. Beginning home roasters may be surprised to find that one of the simplest coffee-roasting machines is a hot-air popcorn popper. Davids' clearly written instructions make home coffee roasting sound easy and should extend the process to a broad audience. --Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

1. Why Home Roasting?
Authenticity, Economy, Alchemyp. 1
Liberating the Taste Genie: Chemistry and Drama of the Roastp. 9
2. From Spoon to Fluid Beds
Roasting Historyp. 13
A Visual History of Roasting Machinesp. 40
3. From Cinnamon to Charcoal
Roast stylesp. 51
Quick Reference Guide to Roast Stylesp. 68
4. What to Roast
Choosing green beansp. 70
Coffee Geography: Some Fancy Coffees of the Worldp. 107
5. Getting Started
Equipment, Methods, Issuesp. 123
Quick Guide to Home-Roasting Options and Proceduresp. 158
6. Afterwords
Postroast Flavors and Frillsp. 195
Storing and Handling Roasted Coffeep. 204
Cupping Coffee at Homep. 206
Resourcesp. 215
Indexp. 237