Book Review / Coffee Talk

For someone who was recently unaccustomed to the aroma of such an intoxicating subject, it is hard for me to believe I have taken such interest in coffee.  Not fond of professing my love to something I don’t understand, I took it upon myself to learn all about the substance that has charmed the world for centuries.  Guiding me in my journey was the book Coffee Talk by Morton Satin.

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A book jammed packed with the history of the little red bean to the numerous ways people extract the flavor and jolt today, Satin solidified himself as a coffee connoisseur.  Although there may be some points where the information runs a little too deep for the home hobbyist, there certainly was no lack of information.  For example, did you know that American coffee met its demise in quality by the introduction of the bottomless cup at diners and truck stops?

As a person who only a year ago had never brewed her own cup of coffee, I am now a happy user of both the Chemex and French Press.  It amazes me to believe that this plant was only discovered after a goat herder found his goats, young and old, frolicking in a field upon eating the “coffee cherries” in Ethiopia, and today we enjoy the beverage to its utmost delight.

I look forward to learning much more about the subject, and chronicling my journey of different brewing methods, coffee origins, and the like on Hungry, Mostly, and also look forward to your input.

Coffee Talk is a wonderful read for any who enjoy science, history, culture, or just plain coffee.  It is a great companion to understanding the wonderful world of coffee, and how much the average American is missing out on.

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