This book was like the coffee encyclopedia. It was a really fun read! I enjoyed learning more about the history of coffee as much as I enjoyed the fun facts and quizzes. I really resonated with the '12 signs you may be a coffeeholic' section, honestly (LOL)! This book was full of great photos, recipes, historical facts, photographs, and even some coffee-themed poems that are perfect for any coffee aficionado!
I enjoyed learning more about the conditions female coffee workers face on a daily basis, what 'fair trade coffee' really means, and about the history of how coffee has been cultivated and brewed since the 15th century. Like, did you know that Yemini Sufi's would "drink the dark beverage for spiritual intoxication and stayed up all night to seek divine purification"? How cool is that!
This book answered so many questions that I would never even think to ask. And yet, these are facts any coffee drinker should know. Everything was really easy to understand and presented in a beautiful format. Some of the photos have been colorized and others have been left in a sepia tone that perfectly echoes coffee-colored tones. There are plenty of unexpected (but essential) fun facts that anyone who loves coffee should know, like the exact distinction between a frappe and Frappuccino, LOL! There were also lots of delicious recipes that I want to try to make at home, like the coffee rimmed tamarind margarita and the topsy turvy iced latte! There is even a master list of some of the best known coffee cocktails included in the back of the book.
Overall, this was a fun book to read and full of great factoids. This is a great gift for the coffee lover who has everything, would make the perfect coffee table book, or would even go great tucked in a collection of cookbooks!
My name is Amanda and I review books on my blog, The Wanderer Literary Journal. Reading books is my passion and writing reviews is my hobby; to have the opportunity to turn this into a paying career would change my life!