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Coffee Books (all) - Jay Millar's Review
Posted: August 19, 2005, 6:47pm
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Product Reviewed: Barista Techniques
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $25.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: www.coffeetraining.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Schomer's bible
Bottom Line: Well presented book with plenty of detail - trade and domestic baristas would find it useful
Positive Product Points

Logical progression. Spiral binding lies flat. Good quality drawings. Checklist summaries handy for pro's to reproduce for the workplace.

Negative Product Points

The section on maintence carries Disclaimers that border on the self-explanatory (but no doubt on legal advice, given the letigious nature of stupid people).

Detailed Commentary

The full title of this book is, "Barista Techniques - An essential guide to preparing and serving espresso coffee commercially".

The book is Australian-centric as it relates a lot of the content to local barista qualifications, but the advice is universal.  While this book is aimed at a commercial reader, a coffee geek will get a lot out of it too. Author John Doyle knows his stuff, and the book is an easy read - but feels detailed.  The chapter headings are;

Preparing the work area
Advising customers
Grinding coffee
Extracting espresso coffee
Texturing the milk
Presenting and serving the coffee
Maintaining the espresso machine
Water treatment
All about coffee: History, Machines and Processes
Australian Assessment for Baristas
Glossary/Conversion tables/Further Reading and Resources/Index

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