The World Atlas of Coffee:
From Beans to Brewing-Coffees Explored, Explained, and Enjoyed
by James Hoffmann
TX415 .H63 2014 New Arrivals, 2nd floor
As astute readers of this blog may note, this New Stuff Tuesday entry is published on a Thursday. Clearly, I need to consume more of the delicious beverage that is the subject of this book! Even if I did not already enjoy coffee, this book would make me want to have a cup. Hoffmann packed his atlas with beautiful pictures and information from many aspects of coffee cultivation and consumption: economic, agricultural, design, and culinary.
For example, did you know there are two varieties of the coffee plant? Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora are the two types, commonly known as Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is most highly prized by many coffee connoisseurs. Robusta is used for instant soluble coffee (K-cups!) and also Italian espresso (it has a higher caffeine content than Arabica).
Brew a cup (in a french press, moka pot, aeropress, electric filter machine, or vacuum pot) and settle in with this new arrival.