The World Atlas of Coffee

The World Atlas of Coffee

From Beans to Brewing--coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Book - 2014
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Provides an all-encompassing guide to coffee, presenting its origins and cultural impact, detailing where it is grown around the world, and chronicling the modern fascination with it.

Firefly Books Ltd

Professionals and enthusiasts alike will love this beautiful book by James Hoffmann. From overviews of the world's most vibrant coffee-growing regions, to step-by-step brewing tutorials, the content is educational, thought-provoking, and substantial. I've already recommended this book to Barista Magazine readers countless times.
-- Sarah Allen, Editor
Barista Magazine

A beautiful world guide to the brown bean.

Taking the reader on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It shows the origins of coffee -- where it is grown, the people who grow it; and the cultures in which coffee is a way of life -- and the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee.

Plants of the genus Coffea are cultivated in more than 70 countries but primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. For some countries, including Central African Republic, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Honduras, coffee is the number one export and critical to the economy.

Organized by continent and then further by country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the brew in color spreads packed with information. They include:

  • The history of coffee generally and regionally
  • The role of colonialism (for example, in Burundi under colonial rule of Belgium, coffee production was best described as coercive. Every peasant farmer had to cultivate at least 50 coffee trees near their home.)
  • Map of growing regions and detail maps
  • Charts explaining differences in growing regions within a country
  • Inset boxes (For example, what is the Potato Defect? Is Cuban coffee legal in the United States?)
  • The politics of coffee and the fair trade, organic and shade grown phenomena
  • Beautiful color photographs taken in the field.
  • Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. The World Atlas of Coffee is an excellent choice for these coffee lovers.

    Book News
    This lavishly photo-illustrated book from Hoffmann explains the basic history, processing, brewing, and geographic origins of coffee. The first section covers the difference between arabica and robusta species, botany, varieties, and the harvesting, processing, and trading of the beans. Part two discusses what the consumer should do with their beans, beginning with roasting and moving onto storage, descriptive vocabulary, grinding and brewing, and various types of coffee drinks. Part three occupies half the book, giving detailed information on the various regions where coffee is grown, the local flavor profiles, history, and traceability of the coffee. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

    Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014
    ISBN: 9781770854703
    Branch Call Number: 641.3373 H675w
    Characteristics: 256 pages ; 26 cm
    Alternative Title: Coffee


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    May 22, 2015

    The World Atlas of Coffee from Beans to Brewing: Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed. --- by --- James Hoffman.
    More about coffee than anyone had dared to ask. The book, mainly non-linear but written in side bar topic fashion doesn’t have to be read in one go and as such becomes a useful research tool for the intermediate student of coffee. It’s all there: the origins of the coffee plant; how it is grown, initially processed and then roasted and finally, how it is to be brewed and properly enjoyed. It raises simple coffee and coffee drinking to the level of producing and imbibing fine wines. More than half of the book is devoted to the countries that produce the coffee bean (and no, they are not only those in Latin America) and very well edited maps of these countries and their coffee growing regions. Well organized with lots of full-colour illustrations.

    Feb 15, 2015

    A great book for coffee lovers.


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