4 Great Coffee Books for Beginners and Coffee Geeks


Looking for a new book to read? Here are 4 great titles to quench your curiosity about coffee. [Photo: Liz Clayton]

Some days, it's just not enough to drink coffee, is it? After you've consumed your daily maximum, do you muse: if only there was a way to continue to think about, learn about, dream about coffee... But there is! We hereby offer a quick list of great coffee books to get you started.

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee

From brewing guides to well-photographed coffee journeys to in-house Blue Bottle recipes for sweet stuffs that go perfectly with coffee, this book by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan works as well in the kitchen as it does on the coffee table, inspiring interest and enthusiasm for the new frontiers of coffee along with basic education. An easy, lovely gift for someone that's just on the precipice of falling truly in love with coffee and all its possibilities.

Left Coast Roast

Coffee Life in Japan

Left Coast Roast gives a look backwards to where specialty coffee's come from, Merry White's cultural exploration of Japan's precise, adoring treatment of the coffee world may offer us a glimpse of what's to come. For someone looking to study coffee in its (necesssary!) social context, White goes well beyond brewing and into an engaging academic study of coffee's role in a nation whose respect for tradition, craft and presentation goes well beyond what we on American soil have come close to realizing. It's a sensitive, reverent look into the ways coffee and cafes function in Japanese society, from public/social/private-within-public space to taste and preparation mastery. A wonderful book for someone going further on their journey of coffee learning, or for that academic or Japanophile you want to convince you're right about great coffee.

Everything But Espresso

Everything but Espresso, the basics of how brewing works when it works—and why it doesn't when it fails—are laid out in easy to understand ways that will without a doubt deepen your appreciation of coffee. For the geeky, experimentally inclined drinker to the plateau-dwelling home brewer who wants to raise their game to a cafe-caliber level, Everything But Espresso is the road map there.