James Hoffmann is a coffee expert, author and the 2007 World Barista Champion. Along with a team of experts, he operates Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in East London, UK. James travels frequently to the coffee producing countries and is a popular speaker. His website is www.jimseven.com.
[Review of previous edition: ] Exploring the origins, growing
regions, harvesting and every step of the production process author
James Hoffmann provides a fascinating look at the world of coffee.
Starting with an examination of the coffee plant, the varieties,
how it is harvested, Hoffmann clearly explains each stage. The
second part of the book presents details on the journey from bean
to cup, with information on every option for roasting and brewing.
The last section examines all of the 29 coffee-growing countries.
Colour photographs fill the pages and bring to life the diversity
of locations and the people involved.-- (11/16/2016)
[Review of previous edition: ] Nothing like a good cup of coffee! Coffee tasting bars are springing up everywhere along with coffee tourism--learn where it comes from and why it tastes a certain way. This last word on coffee provides maps, beautiful photography, taste profiles and great new ways to enjoy coffee! Aficionados will enjoy reading this along with their morning "shot"!-- (12/20/2015)
[Review of previous edition: ] Professionals and enthusiasts alike will love this beautiful book by James Hoffmann. From overviews of the world's most vibrant coffee-growing regions, to step-by-step brewing tutorials, the content is educational, thought-provoking, and substantial. I've already recommended this book to Barista Magazine readers countless times.-- (07/01/2015)
[Review of previous edition: ] This single-volume "all you want to know about coffee"book fills a gap in the popular reference literature. Though the title uses the more academic word atlas, this is actually a readable work on coffee, albeit arranged by continent and then by region. It seeks to provide information on where coffee is grown, the people who grow it, and the coffee culture at large. The book begins with an introduction to coffee and the process of getting from the bean to the cup. The atlas portion contains 30 pages covering Africa; 22 pages, Asia; and 68 pages, the Americas. As seen in other Firefly books, it is profusely illustrated with color plates. Recommended for circulating collections at libraries where interest in coffee is high.-- (12/15/2014)
[Review of previous edition: ] The World Atlas of Coffee...takes ambitious as its starting point and then shoots for exhaustive. It doesn't hit that crazy a level of detail, which is lucky for us because it remains at once packed and approachable. Just one example: in the section on Burundi, Hoffmann details fourteen growing regions. It's a book coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike should not just add to their libraries but dog-ear and highlight. Opening with the history, production, retail, and brewing of coffee, Hoffmann spends more than a hundred pages at origin, giving special attention to traceability. Designed with gorgeous photography and an eye to draw readers through the sometimes bewildering process of brewing a simple cup of coffee, The World Atlas of Coffee is a book you'll spend as much time looking at as reading.-- (11/05/2014)
[Review of previous edition: ] One of the world's favorite beverages is dissected in this encyclopedia that introduces the coffee plant and its harvesting, processing, and trade and discusses the buying and preparation of the drink before embarking on a world coffee tour. This voyage takes up most of the title and includes information on the history and current state of coffee growing, processing, and consumption in sections on Africa, Asia, and the Americas. A strength of the book are the numerous, often full-spread photos, of coffee at every stage from fruit to cup. An unusual offering that will be of value in collections serving agriculture, business, and nutrition students.-- (12/01/2014)
[Review of previous edition: ] For those interested in all-things java, author Hoffmann -- a world-champion barista and CEO of a British roasting company -- has written the definitive guide. If you love coffee, then you'll love this book. Hoffman focuses on specialty coffees: those "defined by their quality and by how good they taste" and discusses in fascinating detail how different varieties of coffee produce their own unique flavors, aromas, and commercial value. The book is divided into three beautifully illustrated sections that cover the process of growing and processing coffee, the numerous ways to grind, roast, and brew it, and the geographical and historical origins of the many types of drinkable black gold. Readers will find a bevy of informative tidbits throughout the book. For example, American G.I.s created Americano by watering down Italian espresso... The book's design also warrants praise: it's loaded with hundreds of full color photographs, maps, and illustrations. It is well-written, informative, and a must-have for general readers who want to know more about their favorite morning brew.-- (11/17/2014)
If there's only one book on your shelf about coffee, there's no doubt in our mind which one it should be: The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann.--Michael Butterworth"The Coffee Compass" (11/05/2018)
With a full breakdown of the world's 35 coffee producing nations, this atlas will ensure you know how to tell your Burundi beans from those grown in Bolivia. The World Atlas of Coffee is the perfect gift for that person in your life who takes their coffee seriously, or is looking to take their caffeinated drinks to the next level.-- (11/20/2018)
Selection, 2018 Coffee Compass Holiday Gift Guide... We think James Hoffmann's magnum opus is the single most important book about coffee that's been published to date.-- (12/03/2018)
This hardcover book boasts gorgeous photography and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the world's biggest coffee-producing regions.--Leslie Barrie and Kathleen Mulpeter"Health Magazine" (09/27/2018)
[Review of previous edition: ] For the coffee geek if you don't know the difference between the coffee varieties Arabica and Robusta, if you're wondering how coffee cultivation in Ethiopia differs from that in Costa Rica, if you're confused about the myriad methods of brewing coffee, you won't find a better resource than "The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing--Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed". Even confirmed coffee geeks will benefit from this volume, at once encyclopedic and approachable.-- (12/30/2014)
Got a real coffee nerd on your hands? Send 'em to the books with James Hoffmann's atlas of the world's most famed bean-growing regions. Don't be surprised when they start planning a trip to coffee hot spots in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.-- (09/19/2019)