The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes

One of the country’s most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.

Coffee is experiencing a renaissance and Blue Bottle Coffee Company has quickly become one of America’s most celebrated roasters. Famous for its complex and flavorful coffees, Blue Bottle delights its devoted patrons with exquisite pour-overs, delicious espressi, and specialized brewing methods. 

Yet as coffee production becomes more sophisticated with specialized extraction techniques and Japanese coffee gadgets, the new artisan coffees can seem out of reach. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee explains this newworld from farm to cup, exploring the bounty of beans available and the intricate steps that go into sourcing raw coffee from around the globe. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman coaches you through brewing the perfect cup ofcoffee, using methods as diverse as French press, nel drip, siphon, and more to produce the best flavor. 

For coffee lovers who want to roll up their sleeves and go deeper, Freeman explains step by step how to roast beans at home using standard kitchen tools—just like he did when starting out. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee also introduces a home technique for cupping, the industry method of tasting coffees for quality control, so you can hone your taste and share your meticulously roasted coffee with friends. 

Rounding out the book are more than thirty inventive recipes from Blue Bottle pastry chef and former Miette bakery owner Caitlin Freeman thatincorporate coffee or just taste particularly good with coffee, such as Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles, Stout Coffee Cake with Pecan-Caraway Streusel, Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta, and more. 

With more than one hundred stunning photographs showing coffee’s journey from just-harvested cherry to perfect drink, this distinctive and deep guide to the new breed of amazing coffees from one of the top artisan coffee makers will change the way you think about—and drink—coffee. 

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  1. Ben W 20/11/2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Awesome Coffee Book! To be honest, I had never actually had Blue Bottle coffee before pre-ordering this book. I just couldn’t stop hearing about how good it is during my galavants around San Francisco and Berkeley.This book is packed with great information and tells you how Blue Bottle makes its coffee, pastries, and other fun recipes step by step. There is also a ton of information on coffee growing and roasting, as well as coffee’s history. James covers different brewing methods thoroughly, making it a truly enjoyable read for any coffee fan. You will also get information on coffee equipment, which I found particularly useful because I myself am trying to make the best coffee I can.Oh, and I finally got around to trying Blue Bottle Coffee this past weekend in Hayes Valley. I ordered an espresso which was definitely one of the best I’ve ever had. The 81 year old English man next to me was in agreement.For those inclined to know everything they could have ever possibly wanted to know about coffee, this book is a great place to start…and finish.

  2. Alexandra M. Gatsis "zorbie70" 20/11/2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

    become a coffee savant I never thought I’d find myself interested in the minutiae of coffee making, but I find James’ articulation of the coffee experience utterly engaging – creative, intimate, personal, THOROUGH. He educates the reader about the complexities of coffee – no diluting – in the way of a really smart, not condescending older brother. Caitlin’s recipes are also conveyed in a sweet, unintimidating way. I feel that James took this seemingly familiar world and rendered it novel and full of possibilities. It just opened up a new world, a new, uncommon way of seeing something common.

  3. T. Triche 20/11/2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Unexpectedly terrific I bought this for the Kindle and read the whole book shortly after receiving it (minus the recipes, I’m sure they’re swell but I don’t much enjoy baking). The section on roasting is very good and the section on espresso is particularly brutal and to-the-point. In so many words, the former seems like it should be difficult while the latter seems like it should be easier, but reality is the other way round. That said, you can’t have good coffee from bad tasting beans, so knowing how beans ought to be roasted, rested, and ground is quite useful.You can find these things elsewhere, of course, but the reason I plowed through the entire thing in the first day is that the Freemans can write, really well, in an engaging and concise style. This is not a huge book, but it is crammed with a great deal of very specific advice and information that I found most helpful. (For example, the advice to either go to a good cafe with a skilled barista, or be prepared to pay a lot of money for a heavy, balky Italian machine and then spend many hours learning to use it, is delivered unvarnished; the undeterred will then find very specific advice on grinding, tamping, pulling, and judging espressi, along with notes from the Blue Bottle locations regarding their strategy for blends of beans and single-origin coffees). Considering that I was looking at another book that cost $45 until I flipped through the preview (and immediately bought the Kindle edition), it strikes me as a very good value. Look through the preview and see if you don’t agree. Worst case, you lost a few minutes of your day, but if you are interested in what makes for a good cup of coffee (and what makes for an obsessive coffee purveyor!), I suspect you won’t stop at that.

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