God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee

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Price: $24.95  $22.46
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Published Date: May 01, 2008
Pages: 268
Dimensions: 6.28 X 0.96 X 9.19 inches | 1.12 pounds
ISBN: 9780470173589
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About the Author

Michaele Weissman is a journalist and author who writes about food, families, business, and American culture. Her work appears frequently in publications such as the "New York Times," the "Washington Post," and the "Wall Street Journal." Her coffee blog can be found at michaeleweissmanwrites.com/godinacupofcoffee. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband.

Reviews

From Ethiopia to Panama to Portland, journalist Weissman shadows today's vanguard "coffee guys" in their pursuit of the perfect, caffeinated beverage. With increased demand for specialty roasts superior to the mass-marketed offerings at Starbucks, Weissman illustrates how the origin, flavor compounds and socioeconomic impact of a cup of coffee are relevant now more than ever. Alongside industry leaders from some of the U.S.'s top roasters--Counter Culture, Intelligentsia and Stumptown--Weismann treks to the birthplace of coffee, remote plantations, and international competitions where the best coffees in the world are cupped (or tasted), scored and where winners like Panamanian grower Hacienda La Esmeralda's revered "Geisha" coffee earn $130 per pound. Visiting both ends of the producer-consumer spectrum, she sheds light on the partnership between those who sell premium coffee and the impoverished who farm it--examining how specialty standards enable improved production, exceptional beans, fair prices and fatter pockets across the board. On the imbibing end, Weissman penetrates today's amped-up coffee culture: its sleek coffee bars, tattooed coffee-geeks behind the counters, fiercely competitive roasters working alongside champion baristas. Tagging along behind the main characters in today's specialty coffee scene, Weissman travels from the exotic to the expected to artfully deconstruct the connoisseur's cup of coffee. (May) (Publishers Weekly, March 31, 2008)