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The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee


This is the ultimate guide to the history, science and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado Tristan Stephenson. You'll uncover the origins of coffee, the rise of the coffee house and the evolution of the cafe before exploring the varieties of coffee and the alchemy responsible for transforming a humble bean in to the world's most popular drink. Find out how to roast coffee beans at home and understand how sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aroma all come together in the perfect cup of coffee. Get to grips with grinding before learning how to make the ideal espresso. Discover how espresso and milk are a match made in heaven, yielding treasures like Cappuccino and Macchiato; you'll also learn how to pour your own Latte art. With step-by-step guides to classic brewing techniques, including French press and Siphon brewing, and a selection of Tristan's expertly concocted recipes, from an Espresso Martini to a Pumpkin Spice Latte, this really is the essential anthology for the coffee enthusiast.

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