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The World Encyclopedia of Coffee: The Definitive Guide to Coffee - From the Humble Bean to Irresistible Beverage [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Mary Banks , Christine McFadden , Catherine Atkinson
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23 Oct 1999
This book explores all aspects of coffee, with interesting, informative text, beautiful color photographs and over 70 recipes.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; illustrated edition edition (23 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754801977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754801979
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Banks is a native of Texas, and lived in Rome before working at the International Coffee Organization in London. She has been trained in all aspects of coffee processing, roasting, grinding, blending and brewing. This training has led to work for TV and radio and lecturing on the subject of coffee. Christine McFadden has many years experience as a food writer and editor, contributing to a variety of magazines and publications such as BBC Good Food, House and Garden and Healthy Eating. Catherine Atkinson is a trained Cordon Bleu Cook and has worked in various hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers patisserie. She currently works as a freelance writer and a consultant for various food and wine magazines as well as books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One heck of a coffee table book! 18 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Astounding. I've never read a more complete book on the subject I love so much. Complete history, info on the plant, guide to accessories, facts and figures, and recipes that'll make you swoon! A great investment for anyone who's hooked on caffeine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee book review 23 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book and it is well written with a huge amount of information about all things coffee, highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 20 Aug 2013
By Birty
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you love coffee and cake as much as I do you'll love this book. My sister my mum and me all have a copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely book! 12 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although the cover is not as colorful or necessarily appealing as some of the other coffee books out there, the inside of this books is amazing! I particularly wanted it because it talks about Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. So much information and ideas, and surprisingly good price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 7 April 2006
By Jesseca Y. Lamb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is absolutely amazing. It's so thorough. It takes you from the history of coffee to the way it is used today.

The way the history is written will hold your interest as they highlight and write in an entertaining way.

The book describes the process of getting the coffee beans, roasting them, and the way they are ground up. It uses great description in how the flavors are different.

Also, throughout the back of the book, there are TONS of different recipes from coffee drinks (hot and cold) to cakes, crepes, ice cream, and pies, along with many other recipes.

There are resources at the end of the book.

This is perfect for the kitchen, the coffee table, and especially a gift for the die hard coffee lover in your life. You'll learn more than you ever thought you could.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee enthusist trying to learn more about describing coffee 21 Mar 2007
By J. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is quite informative. I really have been looking for a reference that provides the scales for describing coffee: aroma, acidity, body, flavor and aftertaste are some of the standard descriptive categories and the descriptor for the extremes and midpoints of each category. I also wanted to see several coffees rated on these scales so I could calibrate myself to what muddy, complex, etc. really means. This was missing. My search continues.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want to know about coffee 28 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It is a very interesting book about the history of coffee, coffee around the world, the art of coffee drinking, and many recipes of cakes, pastries, in which coffee is one of the ingredients. There are many nice pictures in the book. The only thing I dislike is that there are some spelling mistakes.
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! 13 Aug 2008
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great information - very useful and interesting. A wonderful read! For the coffee gourmet... a must!
1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a mess 28 Jun 2008
By T. Benzin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When paying full price for a book, I expect that it will be in new condition. This book arrived with more than half of the pages destroyed. It went staight to the trash and I will never buy from this seller again!
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