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"…an entertaining new book… Coffee Talk offers a trove of information, certainly enough to hold your own coffee-loaded conversation."
–The New Yorker’s "The Book Bench" blog

"Whether coffee lovers or not, readers will love this exploration of the world’s favorite beverage."
–Booklist, October 1, 2010

"Morton Satin has captured the origins, history, and culture of coffee drinking in a captivating style, interwoven with personal anecdotes that resonate with even the non-coffee drinker, in this unique and entertaining book. A must-have for every coffee table!"
–Dr. Lori Hoolihan, research director, Dairy Council of California

Présentation de l'éditeur

This entertaining yet comprehensive book describes how, in recent times, coffee has become the magnet that draws people together for spirited interchanges of information and ideas. In the intellectual capitals of the world, coffeehouses have been and continue to be the venues where the great minds flock to discuss the latest developments in the arts, sciences, and social philosophies. The author also traces the rich and intriguing history of coffee and even goes on to reveal the best techniques for home brewing. Moreover, he enlivens his narrative with stories of the fine art of the barista, which includes the World Barista Championship where rival barmen from around the globe display the highest artistry of coffee brewing. Lavishly illustrated, this delightful and informative book is the perfect complement for your next coffee break.

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A lot of history 6 mars 2011
Par A. Chow - Publié sur
Format: Relié
If you wanted to know EVERYTHING about coffee (and I mean EVERYTHING), this book is for you. It covered coffee and its nutritional properties, benefits, caffeine. It covered the history of coffee. It covered how to prepare coffee. It had anecdotes and asides. It taught you the detail of how coffee changes from the bush to your kitchen. It even covered barista competitions, the (very detailed) history of Starbucks, and Satin's favorite barista.

The book also went into what was (for me) excruciating detail about the history of how coffee was discovered, a country-by-country arrival story, a continent-by-continent arrival story, quotations, and reproductions of historical documents. There is even a detailed time line in the back of the book, ranging from the extraction of coffee by Ethiopian monks circa 700 to Starbucks's domination in 2008.

Don't expect a how-to guide on brewing coffee. That's mentioned, yes, but barista training requires a different sort of book. Anyone who expects a manual on how to make the best cuppa will be disappointed. The afterword says, "It is not the purpose of this book to turn the reader into a botanist, a coffee historian, or a professional taster or a barista..." but anyone who wishes to become a coffee historian would do well to get a copy of this book and become the local expert.

5 stars if you are looking for the ENTIRE history of the coffee bean. 2 stars if you are looking for a coffee manual. I wasn't actually looking for THIS much detail in my book, but now I know where to turn if I need that sort of detail when researching coffee's history.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Just a facinating book 20 janvier 2012
Par mrs. dani - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book would appeal to coffee lovers and history buffs alike.

As a HEAVY coffee drinker from a family of coffee drinkers (and an avid book reader) , I thought this book might be cute. It was really facinating. As the other reviewers stated, it really went through the history of detail.

The begining of the book is a little slow going. Once you get to the 2 & 3 chapters, it really picks up. This isnt just a history about the coffee bean, he included a lot of human stories. (personally I would have liked more stories of the author's father)

I really enjoyed learning about the different ways (and history) of how to make coffee. I intend to try to find some of the older machines & try it for myself.

I think this is a facinating & enjoyable book.
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Great Read! 11 juin 2012
Par Louise - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Fascinating read. Lots of history, written in an engaging and entertaining fashion. Completely outlines the history of coffee from discovery of potent effects to present day. Love this book!
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Interesting information with awful presentation. 31 octobre 2013
Par Sam - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I purchased this on a whim and on the strength of the reviews. Even by the standards of an impulse buy, I was awfully disappointed.

While I'm not in a position to comment on the science like one other reviewer, I have read and studied enough to know that this book is in dire need of an editor. Much information is repeated in other sections (or in one case, mere paragraphs later) and in the middle of the book - apropos of nothing - is a glossary of terms relating to coffee brewing.

I also found that many of the images did not line up with the given descriptions. One even was a placeholder with words to the effect of "put this in later", which would have been nice if it was done now considering we're rapidly approaching the 3rd anniversary of publication.

I cannot specifically recommend another book that covers the range of subjects this book touches upon, but I'm almost certain there is a better one out there. Try to find that instead.
Good history of Coffee 22 juillet 2011
Par Amanda Perkins - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I had intended to write this piece last week while sitting in my favorite Austin coffee shop, Epoch, but they were having network issues and so it just didn't happen as planned. But it would have been awesome to have a piping hot raspberry mocha to sip while writing a review all about coffee.

This book falls into the non-fiction that I love to read. I love reading the history of things, how they came to be a part of life today, where the small things related to them originally sprung up, some things I've read about have been banned and so I learned why and any myriad of other tidbits about an item.

Coffee, holds a very dear place in my heart. But it has to be really good coffee. The best I'd ever had was in college a neighbor in the next room over would invite me over for his specialty while we played chess or cards. (I think I miss his coffee as much as I miss playing chess and cards on a regular basis.) He would slowly warm the milk up to just below boiling, hand grind the coffee beans (I wish I could remember what they were specifically) then measure out the grounds into his french press, add the milk, set his timer and then press it when finished. Amazing! I've tried to replicate it, but haven't been successful. Apparently his attention to detail and the painstaking time he spent perfecting his technique was well worth it, almost a trade secret.

Learning about the rise of coffee, how it made its way into the heart of the American culture, and its spread around the world was quite enjoyable. I learned about the rise of coffee shops and how several rulers tried to control their public by banning coffee, thankfully without much success. Satin even tells how coffee is raised, harvested, and readied for roasting. I learned some things I didn't know, but having been a coffee fan for a number of years now, there was a lot of the information such as the difference between a bean that is sun-dried with its skin versus those that are dried with the skin on during the process, and of course thanks to modern movies, I even knew about the super-expensive, super-elite coffee that comes from the droppings of a wild cat. If you haven't seen The Bucket List I suggest you at least watch the bit about the coffee. It's very entertaining.

All in all I found this book to be a good read. I did find it to lose some of its cohesion towards the last half as Satin seemed to jump around a bit from quotes about coffee to how to make coffee, and then going back to some of the history of it. However, it did not distract enough from the whole to make me not suggest this book.

There is another book on my wishlist that also covers the history of coffee, and it will be interesting to compare the two when I finally get around to getting a copy of the other. Perhaps my next non-fiction should be about sugar, or something that is somehow linked to coffee. We shall see.

Note: This review originally published on my website: [...]
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