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The Various Flavours of Coffee - Rasa Cinta dalam Kopi

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Dengan secangkir kopi, hidup Robert Wallis berubah. Penyair amatir itu tengah duduk di kedai kopi di London merenungi masa depannya yang suram ketika Samuel Pinker menghampirinya. Ternyata si pemilik Castle Coffee menawarkan satu hal yang sangat diharapkan pemuda itu: pekerjaan.

Robert bertugas menyusun daftar “kosakata kopi” berdasark
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Paperback, 680 pages
Published November 2012 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 2008)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.875* of five

The Publisher Says: From the internationally bestselling author of The Wedding Officer comes a novel whose stunning blend of exotic adventure and erotic passion will intoxicate every reader who tastes of its remarkable delights.


When a woman gives a man coffee, it is a way of showing her desire.
—Abyssinian proverb

It was a cup of coffee that changed Robert Wallis’s life—and a cup of very bad coffee at that. The impoverished poet is sitting in a London coffeehouse contemplatin
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Gayle
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book - a mix of love story, adventure, women's history and coffee growing text book. The first 100 pages are dry and I found myself wondering why this book had been so highly recommended at the library. Once the main character is sent on his African safari style adventure it picks up and becomes quite interesting. There are some graphic scenes in the section that covers one of the characters involvment with the militant women's rights movement (a step by step discription ...more
Carey
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A well made cup of coffee is the proper beginning to an idle day. Its aroma is beguiling, its taste is sweet; yet it leaves behind only bitterness and regret. In that it resembles, surely, the pleasures of love.....Although in this case, it seems to taste of nothing much except mud. With, perhaps, a faint aftertaste of rotten apricots."

With these words Robert Wallis seals his fate. Not that it didn't need to be sealed. After having been expelled from Oxford (too much partying, no studying) and
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Allison Floyd
Sep 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hating-is-fun
Oh, man.

At this tale's beginning, our hero, surveying himself from a distance of some years, warns us of his past self, "I doubt that you will like him very much: that is of no consequence, I do not like him very much myself. He is--well, you will see what he is."

What he is is an insufferable (rabidly heterosexual) Oscar Wilde wannabe. These opening lines lead me to believe that our hero's character will probably follow an arc, and after experiencing Life, Love, and Distant Lands, he will acquir
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Eva
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating fictional account about creating the language to describe coffee. The passages describing how coffee tastes, how each type of coffee tastes and feels, those passages are lovely to read.

The story itself isn't so fabulous for the first 3/4 of the book. The protagonist is a self-centered shallow twit and about the hundredth time we've been treated to the same sort of description of just what a self-centered shallow twit he is, I had to re-read the reviews to see if I wanted to keep r
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
This book's plot was a pleasant surprise. I expected a romance, but not politics. I really cannot fathom that absolute disrespect and utter violence that occurred during the British suffrage movement. why was it so inconceivable to give women the vote??? The hunger strikes, the prison terms, the beatings-all to have political voice.
Also the way the flavor of my coffee hits my tongue will never be the same. I drink it differently now. I roll it around, check for notes just like a wine.
Kate
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read another book by Capella, The Food of Love, and I loved that book, which was why I bought this one. I had high hopes for this, considering it has the word "coffee" in its title :). And it wasn't disappointing, but it definitely was a lot different from The Food of Love. It had an overall darker tone to the plot and the main character, Robert, fell victim to a series of unfortunate events. So, in that respect, it was a much sadder book, but it was also very interesting. Robert lived in ...more
Abiyasha Abiyasha
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was a fan of Anthony Capella's The Wedding Officer and when I found this book in bookstore, I grabbed it right away. The synopsis seemed so exciting. Not a coffee lover myself, I thought this book would turn me into a coffee lover.

I still don't like coffee after reading this book.

I don't know why, I feel like he was trying to tell a lot in just some hundreds pages. I found some unimportant scenes that has no relation at all with the whole idea of the book. I forced myself to finish this book a
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Jenny
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just cannot finish this book (have read about 125 pages). It is your classic bad--as in cheesy and affected--historical romance. Tries too hard to be shocking and sensual, and ends up being sadly comic. I could look past this if I wanted an easy fun read, but I don't even like the characters enough to continue at this point...
Judy Yarborough
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. I read it at least 8 years ago and it is still a real memory I share with other aficionados.
We often have no real idea how the products we enjoy become available to us in our spoiled urban existence.

This novel presented many strong characters with good taste/ discrimination. I now have a better appreciation for the land and people that grow a special flavor experience.
L F
A 3.75.
This book is a perfect example of "judging a book by its cover" or the first 1/3 of the book.

The book "appears " to be a historical romance. But it includes a muddle of subject matter. It is starts in the late 1800's in London. It is told be the protagonist , as he remembers his youth. He is a dandy who thinks he is the next great poet. But he has a lot to learn about love, the coffee business , politics, traveling and starting a coffee plantation!

The author seems bent on providing ever
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Jennie Pease
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Anthony Capella book I read and I knew nothing about the book or the author before reading it. I read it over one weekend and everything else was neglected. No housework got done, no university work got done, the children were left, more or less, to their own devices and dinner came out of the freezer!
The main character, Robert Wallis is, at the beginning a foppish dandy, seemingly without any redeeming features. He is offered a job he does not particularly want but ends up fa
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Ladiibbug
Historical Fiction

London, 1895

Robert Wallis leaves Oxford under less than honorable circumstances. He fancies himself a poet or writer, but isn't actually talented or motivated. To support himself, he finds employment with a coffee merchant -- tasting various coffees and finding the precise words to systematically categorize the various blends.

Robert is sent on a five year journey to the coffee producing areas of the world (Africa, the Middle East) to establish plantations. This part of the book
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Rio Johan
I have never ever in my life tasted any single drop of coffee, thus I was completely trapped in a certain state of confusion when the book said a coffee could taste like "mud," "apricot," or even "sex," and "lovemaking"—sounds more like pussy to me, but I bet most girls will prefer their pussy tastes like roses or jasmines or anything else instead of coffee. Fortunately, there is more about this book than just coffee—there are surely a lot of other things on this book, actually, and of course th ...more
George Straatman
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel that would not normally find its way onto my rather narrow reading list of late...it is proof that an interesting cover...a unique title and a fascinating teaser can be effective in drawing readers...This is a book that has many distinct facets and though unrequited love might be the primary underlying theme of the story...it is by no means the only one. Set in turn of the century Victorian England, it explores the relationship between aspiring poet Robert Wallis and two very dif ...more
Sheila
Sep 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This is the sort of historical story movies are made of - I can see Ralph Fiennes as Wallis, Keira Knightley as Philomenia/Frog, someone like Iman as Fikre, Kate Winslett as Emily . It has all the excitement of passionate love scenes, exotic locations Brazil, the Ethiopian Highlands, the excitement of the futures markets, the wheeling and dealing of big business, the historical context of the sufragette movement and the sustaining power of undying friendship. Like Suskind's Perfume was a book ab ...more
Renee Mihulka
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
If I could have given this book 3 and a half stars I would have. Not sure it deserved four but I feel generous. It was beautifully written and interesting. I didn't like the main character, but I think that was the point, he was supposed to be flawed. I enjoyed the suffergette information and particularly the economy of the coffee trade. Actually, I suppose based on that it did deserve 4 stars, despite the weak African adventure and convenient love match at the end. I am glad I read it as I woul ...more
Steve
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is an entertaining book; it is a quick read despite its length. The main character is not immediately sympathetic, but as he learns about himself and those around him, we watch him grow. Much of this book takes place toward the end of the Victorian era in London, and the book -- descriptions, quotes, and lore -- are steeped in coffee. The book is shot through with politics: of gender, of commerce, or economics, and theology. The author has a healthy appreciation of what it means to engage a ...more
L.C. Lavado
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelfs
I've read this book during the summer 2009 and loved it!

A. Capella it's a master in writting about the five senses. We can really taste and smell the coffee while we are reading his words on white paper.

I recomend this book to every one.
Even if you don't like coffee, you surely will love A. Capella.
Deana Weibel-Swanson
One of the most enjoyable books I've read, but that may be because so many issues and topics in this amazing turn-of-the-20th-century novel are totally in alignment with my personal interests: coffee, colonialism, feminism....
Marg
Sep 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it more than I thought I would by the end, but I can't grade higher than 3.5/5 given how objectionable the main character was.
SWZIE
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I initially didn’t warm to the Various Flavours of Coffee; mostly because the protagonist irritated me. But my feelings changed from almost abandoning the book to absolutely loving it.

It opened up: when Robert Wallis, a regular patron at the Café Royal, had a chance encounter with Samual Pinker, a wealthy coffee merchant. He had overheard Wallis criticising the coffee. It was his description of the coffee that piqued Pinker’s interest. He needed someone for his business who could distinguish the
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Huneidi Maha
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I thought it would be a light read about the various coffees and their flavors combined with, most likely, a little love story. I couldn’t put this book down. Sure, it was about coffee and its different flavors, but it was also about love and its different emotions and expressions.

As providence would have it, our protagonist, the indolent Robert Wallis, a professed poet and writer, who has no means of supporting himself, is hired by a coffee merchant, who coincidentally
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Jennifer
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is another of those books that is probably unfair of me to rate because I would not have picked it up for myself. A friend of my mom's bought it for her because my mom likes coffee, and my mom passed it on to me because I also like coffee.

On the surface, this is a work of historical fiction about a man who finds himself employed in the coffee distribution business, and it addresses British colonialism and the free market, touches briefly on slavery, and ends by focusing on the women's movem
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Sergiu Pobereznic
THE VARIOUS FLAVOURS OF COFFEE by Anthony Capella reviewed by Sergiu Pobereznic (author) amazon.com/author/sergiupobereznic
Excerpt:
"A well made cup of coffee is the proper beginning to an idle day. Its aroma is beguiling, its taste is sweet; yet it leaves behind only bitterness and regret. In that it resembles, surely, the pleasures of love... Although in this case, it seems to taste of nothing much except mud. With, perhaps, a faint after-taste of rotten apricots."

The above statement was the po
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Laura Byrd
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this books starts out with a snarky, know-it-all type protagonist, that speaks more in verse than anyone really wants to read. A friend actually quit reading this book because she was annoyed by this character... but I kept chugging along...and it was well worth it!

Capella is able to weave a story of the protagonist as a writer at Oxford through his adventures in the coffee industry - which let's be honest, coffee is delicious. While writing about coffee, we also learn about lo
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Lawrence
The main character, Robert Wallis, tells you right off that you will probably not find him likeable. And he may be right, for at least most of this story. My summary of this tale: Wallis, finding himself unable to afford the lifestyle of his choosing, is overheard commenting on the poor quality of his coffee by someone who offers him a job - develop a vocabulary for the consistent description of the qualities of coffee for use by coffee brokers. Wallis’s adventures lead him through, as one chara ...more
Jane
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have seen lots of mixed reviews for this book so clearly we are all getting something a little different from it. I did not expect this book to keep me guessing as it did, or to grip me in any way I thought it just sounded worth a go.

The characters are well conceived and lure you into the pages and the story from the blurb has no right to be as interesting as it is. The story is a little slow initially until the journey to Africa (cleverly setup in a series of letters) from here on is the real
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F
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about love and coffee, and their various flavours. An epic tale over years and continents, it kept me reading and guessing - no predicable storylines here. It is full of flawed characters, none of them very loveable to the reader (or this reader anyway), each with their own agenda. The main character, who seems to have few morals or virtues at the start of the tale, mellows with the pages, and grows stronger and more admirable. I liked the chapter introductions describing coffee flavours ...more
Aanu
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, england
'Coffee' is the main trigger which induced me to read dis book..I liked d writing of the book and the way it incorporated so many issues of past century- free market,suffrage movement,coffee's status..I din like d hero much though. Book had well etched characters and the historical details were very interesting. i felt sorry for few characters n wished they had a better fate, cursed a few,scolded a few..on d whole a very engaging intelligent read- historical fiction, business, finance, culture, ...more
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Anthony Capella was born in Uganda, Africa in 1962. He was educated at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First in English Literature. The Food of Love, his first novel, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read in the UK. It has been translated into nineteen languages and has been optioned for the screen by Warner. His second novel, The Wedding Officer, was an international bestseller ...more
“For a well-made cup of coffee is the proper beginning to an idle day. Its aroma is beguiling, its taste is sweet; yet it leaves behind only bitterness and regret. In that, it resembles, surely, the pleasures of love.” 26 likes
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