November 2004 Newsletter
As a follow up to last month's "guru" list,
http://www.coffeeco.com.au/newsletter/october2004.html , I thought I'd
go through the various coffee reference books that I consult most
often. Note that attempting to buy most of these in Australia is
probably futile, but that Amazon and the SCAA website are your friends.
A good book for the average reader is "The World Encyclopedia of
Coffee" by Mary Banks, Christine McFadden and Catherine Atkinson. While
its coverage of espresso is minimal, the historical and growing region
info is excellent. Overall the data on brewing, recipes and other
interesting stuff is pretty good.
An "Oldy but Goody" is "The Complete Book of Coffee" by Harry
Rolnick, although at times it reads like an ad for the Melitta company,
who both commissioned and published the book. A relatively recent book
with accurate but USA-centric information is "Coffee Basics" by Kevin
Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker.
If you want to get into coffee classics, there are two books that
deserve the label. The first is "All About Coffee", 2nd Edition, by
William Ukers. Not too coincidentally, a facsimile edition was lovingly
published a few years ago by the SCAA, with the original (and much good
advice) provided by Don Schoenholt.
"All About Coffee" was no exaggeration, as Ukers has just about
everything known to the trade in 1935. It's an interesting read even
today, and it's surprising how much is still relevant.
The other much more recent classic is "Uncommon Grounds" by Mark
Pendergrast, which covers the history of coffee in the USA and how
mega-companies reduced once great organizations to lowest common
denominator dreck sellers run by accountants.
Three reference books that I consult often are "Espresso Coffee:
The Chemistry of Quality" by Andrea and Ernesto Illy, "Coffees of the
World" by Philippe Jobin and "The Coffee Cuppers Handbook" by Ted
Lingle. All three are essential reading for specialty roasters. If you
had all the above books in your coffee library you would be better
informed about coffee than 90% of the local (and USA, for that matter)
In other news, I'm out of stock of Rancilio products as Rancilio
have been unable to meet the demand for the Silvia. IF my shipment
(already delayed by a month) leaves on time, I should be back in
business mid - December. Imat stocks are quite good, though, as are
There has been a minor design change to the Butterfly cup tray,
which now allows more heat to reach the cups and traps less inside the
This Month's special coffee is an old favourite,
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe $36.00/kg
It's a bit different to last year's crop; the citrus flavour and
aroma are more "pink grapefruit" than lemon and it's a far more complex
coffee, with notable changes in taste and texture as it cools. In
response to the many, many requests, the Yemen Mokha Ismaili WILL be
the December special coffee, BUT!
1) I won't be taking advance orders; it will go up on the website at the same time as the newsletter.
2) There may be quantity limits on orders, depending on how much green coffee I receive.
3) There won't be any green coffee available for sale.
Sorry, but if I accepted orders in advance I would already have
sold 2/3 of the stock I hope to have. You'll just have to keep an eye
out for the newsletter.