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Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival

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In the past decade, home coffee roasting has gone from a small but growing trend to an increasingly mainstream audience. Still, for many in the current generation of coffee lovers, roasting remains a mysterious process. In this completely revised, expanded edition of his classic Home Coffee Roasting, James Beard Award nominated Kenneth Davids reveals the secrets to simple,
Paperback, Revised Updated Edition, 256 pages
Published November 20th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 15th 1996)
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Jun 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Not a bad introduction but glad I didnt buy it. The history is interesting. We simply don't think of our grandparents roasting their own beans but they did. The availability of pre-roasted beans is relatively new. sounds like the initial advertising campaigns to get people to buy roasted beans was heavy handed messaging, as in roasting your own was something that only the backward people did. In the end, it moved out of the home where it was a leisurely task done with companions (that produced a ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
Lets be honest, It does not seem that hard to start roasting coffee.
You Google air roaster and next thing you know you have modded your families air popper to roast coffee and are starting your kitchen on fire. (By fire I mean, FIRE!)
Then you get a roaster for christmas, and off you goto roasting, the ability to have a book sitting beside you as you roast is awesome, reading it at night before bed deciding the new style you want to try, even better.
The book is well written, nicely put together,
Noppadol Weerakitti
Dec 30, 2015 Noppadol Weerakitti rated it it was amazing
If you are start falling in love with home coffee roasting and willing to dedicate your free time at home with your own coffee profile and happy drinking with just-roasted-yesterday fresh coffee bean which is impossible to get from any coffee shop near by, this is a book you really need to have it with you. Kenneth Davids is a real guru on this area.
Sep 11, 2013 Nathan rated it liked it
A good overview of the history and process of coffee roasting. Not as valuable as a how-to guide, but there are many online resources available ( for anyone interested in giving home-roasting a try.
Matthew Smith
Apr 20, 2015 Matthew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good book, very in-depth- but if you already have other book on the topic of coffee, 90 percent of this book will just reiterate this bayou already know. Lots of links and references for you to go other places in the web for product and info
May 12, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: food-books
This didn't really have any new information for me that I've not already read online. There is a fair bit of history of coffee roasting - but I don't care about that! My favorite part was detailing coffee vocabulary - I find it really hard to describe tastes so focusing on that was helpful.
Andrew Landry
Mar 22, 2013 Andrew Landry rated it it was amazing
Great intro to home roasting and also has some useful info on bean selection and characteristics of coffees from different origin countries, as well as local practices that have an effect on the flavor in the cup. It might even be a good read for coffee snobs who have no intention of home roasting.
Jun 27, 2007 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the history of espresso and/or home coffee roasting
*tips on perfecting a roast
*proper coffee cupping/ tasting
*How to create your own blend
*The history of coffee roasting
Feb 15, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
This was a great companion to pull from when roasting coffee. Still flip through it as a reference.
Adam Hobbins
Jan 04, 2014 Adam Hobbins rated it liked it
Really good intro to home roasting. I checked this out from the library, but its a good enough reference I may wind up buying a copy to have on hand while roasting.
Sep 14, 2008 Chuck rated it really liked it
My wife and son gave me a coffee roaster for Father's Day...and this book was recommended by one of the green bean sellers (Sweet Maria's). I've been going through it and find it quite useful.
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“That romance is nowhere as vividly encapsulated as in that moment when a pile of hard, almost odorless gray-green seeds is suddenly and magically transformed into the fragrant vehicle of our dreams, reveries, and conversation. To be the magicians waving the wand of transformation makes that metamorphosis all the more stirring and resonant.” 0 likes
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