The Joy of Coffee

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Coffee, coffee, coffee! May I pour you a cup?

The Joy of Coffee

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I came to coffee drinking later than most. Boy was almost grown and one day I walked into a Starbucks, ordered a venti, stirred in copious amounts of sugar and full-fat cream and discovered CANDY IN A CUP! I couldn’t believe what I had been missing.

In the beginning, I enjoyed coffee irregularly and mostly at coffee shops. Today, I drink between 2-4 cups a day and am always looking for ways to improve upon my enjoyment.

These days, my coffee contains very little sugar and a splash of half and half. I have come a long way in appreciating coffee’s full flavor, yet don’t think I’ll ever be a drink-it-black kinda gal. Although, as with most things in my life, never say never.

Once I became a serious coffee drinker…SERIOUS, I TELL YA!…The Joy of Coffee got me started on my perfect home-brewed cup and has stood the test of time.

I learned about storing beans, grinding and brewing. I graduated from a simple grinder to a burr grinder and never looked back.

The book is not only a perfect-cup how-to, but takes you along from the growing of the bean to the harvesting. The bonus is the author, Corby Kummer, includes recipes at the end! You know, made with C-O-F-F-E-E!

Sorry. Maybe I should think about cutting back on my caffeine intake. ~snort~ NEVAH!

In this revised and updated edition of the most authoritative guide to coffee, Corby Kummer travels the country and the world to give you all the latest information you need to make a great cup at home: • The best beans and how to buy and store them • The grinder that’s essential for great coffee • Incisive reports on brewing and espresso-making equipment and tips on how to get the best from them, with photographs of current models • A complete, up-to-date list of sources for beans, equipment and Fair Trade organizations.

Happy Brewing, Y’all!




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  1. Wow.. Sounds like fun… I will have to check it out.

  2. Interesting to read a book about making coffee. I just like to drink it haha 🙂

  3. I’ve put this on my wishlist for now. After tasting coffee as a child (cold and bland) I started drinking it only 3 or 4 years ago (so probably even later than you-60ish). I still haven’t figured out what it is that I’m doing when I make a really good cup. I have figured out that I need to convince Iqbal I need a small package, not the larget available, since I drink only one cup most days. (Maybe if I got up earlier I’d drink more.) And right now, the only action my grinder sees is almonds. Anyway, thanks for the heads up

    • There are still times I refer back to this book. Great info. Yay for wishlists. (also, this line made me laugh because I am a 12-year-old boy in the humor department: And right now, the only action my grinder sees is almonds.)


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