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The bestselling reference updated and expanded with seven new coffee-growing countries.

Praise for the first edition:
“Fills a gap in the popular reference literature. Recommended.”
— Booklist

“The definitive guide…. Well-written, informative, and a must-have for general readers who want to know more about their favorite morning brew.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Educational, thought-provoking, and substantial. I’ve already recommended this book to (our) readers countless times.”
— Barista Magazine

The World Atlas of Coffee takes readers on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, presenting the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It covers where coffee is grown, the people who grow it and the cultures in which it is a way of life. It also covers the world of consumption — processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee.

For this new edition, the author expanded his research travels over the last several years to include seven additional coffee-growing regions: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, China, Philippines, Thailand, Haiti and Puerto Rico. These are covered in 16 additional pages. As well, all of the book’s maps have been updated to show greater detail, and all statistics and data have been updated to the most recent available.

Organized by continent and then country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the world’s favorite brew in color spreads packed with information.

The coverage in The World Atlas of Coffee is wide and deep. The book is used by barista and coffee-tasting instructors in North America and overseas and has been welcomed by enthusiastic coffee drinkers everywhere. Appropriate for special and general collections alike, it is an essential selection.

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The World Atlas of Coffee

‘If there’s only one book on your shelf about coffee, there’s no doubt in our mind which one it should be: The World Atlas of Coffee’

– Michael Butterworth, The Coffee Compass.


A Short History of Coffee Drinking

Coffee is a truly global beverage, and it is common to hear the claim that it is the second most popular drink in the world after water. While there’s no evidence to support this, the ubiquity of coffee in one form or another makes it plausible.

The origins of coffee drinking are similarly vague, with very little evidence to support it. While there is some evidence of the fruit of the coffee plant being eaten in Ethiopia early on, balled up with animal fat as an invigorating trail snack, we are missing a key piece of the puzzle: we have no idea who decided to take the seed of the fruit, roast it, grind it to a powder, steep that powder in hot water and drink the resulting concoction. It’s an astonishing leap, and a mystery that will probably never be solved.

There is evidence of coffee drinking in the late 15th century, but little to back up the anecdote that the first coffee house was Kiva Han, opened in 1475 in Constantinople. If it’s true, the coffee would have been grown in Yemen.

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About the Author

James Hoffmann is a coffee expert, author and the 2007 World Barista Champion. Along with a team of experts, he operates Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in London, UK. James travels frequently to the coffee producing countries and is a popular speaker.

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Introduction to Coffee

• Arabica & Robusta

• The Coffee Tree

• Harvesting Coffee

Coffee Roasting

• Stages of Roasting

• Aromatic Compounds in Coffee

• Types of Coffee Roasters

Brewing Basics

• The French Press

• The Aeropress

• The Vacuum Pot

Coffee Origins

• Africa

• Asia

• The Americas

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Publisher‏:‎Firefly Books; Second Edition, Revised, Updated and Expanded (October 10, 2018)
Hardcover‏:‎272 pages
Item Weight‏:‎2.55 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎7.5 x 1 x 10 inches
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