The World Atlas of Coffee - James Hoffman

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The new 2nd Edition of this essential book includes updated statistics and data on producing countries, as well as the addition of new producing countries such as China, Thailand and the DRC.

The World Atlas of Coffee is a definitive guide to coffee by James Hoffmann, former World Barista Champion.

This beautiful hardcover book is divided into three main sections:

The first covers the coffee tree itself, from the plant through harvest to processing and roasting.

The second section explores various brewing methods, including espresso & the finer details of water and coffee grinders.

The third, main section of the book covers the countries producing coffee. Subdivided by continent, the book covers the history of coffee in each country, as well as the key growing area. There are maps, information on harvest times and varieties, and guiding tasting notes as well.

 

Where coffee comes from, how it was harvested, the roasting process and the water used to make the brew are just a few of the factors that influence the taste of what we drink.  World champion barista, and coffee roaster, James Hoffmann examines these key factors, looking at varieties of coffee, the influence of terroir, how it is harvested and processed, the roasting methods used, through to the way in which the beans are brewed.

Country by country - from Bolivia to Zambia - he then identifies key characteristics and the methods that determine the quality of that country's output.  Along the way we learn about everything from the development of the espresso machine, to why strength guides on supermarket coffee are really not good news.  This is the first book to chart the coffee production of over 35 countries, encompassing knowledge never previously published outside the coffee industry.  For everyone who wants to understand more about coffee and its wonderful nuances and possibilities, this is the book to have.

James Hoffmann has been involved with the specialty coffee industry for more than 12 years,  and throughout has been motivated to make speciality coffee more accessible to consumers. Being the 2006 & 2007 UK Barista Championship, 2007 World Barista Champion, 2008 UK Cup Tasting Champion and the UK Brewers cup champion in 2011, he built a reputation for his knowledge and skill. In his quest to make London famous for its good coffee, he founded Square Mile Coffee Roasters where currently is the Managing Director.

 

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With his expert guidance we travel around the globe, from Burundi to Honduras via Vietnam, sipping and spitting as we go. This is high geekery made palatable by the evident love pulsing through every sentence.
— The best food literature of 2014, The Guardian
The subject of coffee has never been more, er, hot, and The World Atlas of Coffee takes a close look at its history and evolution, the international range of beans and all the best ways to enjoy coffee. Great pics too.
— Susy Atkins, The Telegraph
If a class about coffee were taught in school, this would be its course book.
— Dear Coffee, I Love You
The World Atlas of Coffee... takes ambitious as its starting point and then shoots for exhaustive... It’s a book coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike should not just add to their libraries but dog-ear and highlight.
— Cory Eldridge, Fresh Cup Magazine
This single-volume “all you want to know about coffee” book fills a gap in the popular reference literature... Recommended for circulating collections at libraries where interest in coffee is high.
— Jerry Carbone, Booklist
An unusual offering that will be of value in collections serving agriculture, business, and nutrition students.
— Henrietta Verma, Library Journal