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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 24 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201570483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201570489
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Timothy James Castle is President of Castle & Company, importers of fine specialty coffees, located in Santa Monica, California. His affiliated company, Castle Communications, specializes in public relations and marketing for the food and beverage trades. Castle's articles on coffee have appeared in both popular magazines and trade publications.

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I'm a coffee freak. I roast my own espresso and grind it with great care and pump it through a two group computer controlled professional Italian espresso machine. My wife thinks I'm obsessive about it. With that in mind, Perfect Cup provides a lot of excellent information that most people probably don't know, about how to make a great cup of coffee. It also talks about the characteristics of different kinds of coffee. If A&P 8:00 is your cup of tea...coffee, you might not give a damn, but if you really are curious...interested, passionate about coffee, you will probably enjoy reading this book.
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 2002
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I highly recommend this book. I bought it as someone just getting into enjoying the coffee experience. I wanted a book that would help me learn more about brewing coffee, tasting, and what to expect from beans grown in the different areas of the world. It gave me the info. I was looking for. I also really enjoyed the section in which several coffee roasters across the US were interviewed about their roasting philosophies and what to them helped create that elusive perfect cup of coffee.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5ee26b4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7032114) out of 5 stars the perfect coffee book Dec 2 2000
By Robert C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
years ago(before Starbucks bought the world) Boston had a local chain called the Coffee Connection. Their blends were perfect, their roasts were done by an old central american master and all of their employees were coffee lovers who could tell you details on any bean (once again, pre starbucks and the "we'll hire anyone" policy). I once asked how they knew so much and was told that employees were required to read this book. Somehow I lost my original copy ... so glad to see Amazon making it available again.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7032168) out of 5 stars �The perfect� coffee book June 22 2000
By Francis Kruger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have ever had a cup of coffee - this book is a must!
From the history of the first coffee plantation, roasting, brewing, tasting, recipes and even traditions of coffee traders are all mentioned in the well-written book. The writer writes in plain and very humorous English.
I'm in the coffee trading business myself, and this is one of the most accurate and interesting books about the whole coffee business as I have read up to now. The book also mentions coffee estates, retailers and roasters by name.
A definite 10 out of 10!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70325a0) out of 5 stars This is a good solid book on Coffee Aug. 25 2003
By Quinbould - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a coffee freak. I roast my own espresso and grind it with great care and pump it through a two group computer controlled professional Italian espresso machine. My wife thinks I'm obsessive about it. With that in mind, Perfect Cup provides a lot of excellent information that most people probably don't know, about how to make a great cup of coffee. It also talks about the characteristics of different kinds of coffee. If A&P 8:00 is your cup of tea...coffee, you might not give a damn, but if you really are curious...interested, passionate about coffee, you will probably enjoy reading this book.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7032588) out of 5 stars Very helpful book Aug. 2 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book. I bought it as someone just getting into enjoying the coffee experience. I wanted a book that would help me learn more about brewing coffee, tasting, and what to expect from beans grown in the different areas of the world. It gave me the info. I was looking for. I also really enjoyed the section in which several coffee roasters across the US were interviewed about their roasting philosophies and what to them helped create that elusive perfect cup of coffee.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70327e0) out of 5 stars Good info, but outdated Oct. 21 2008
By M. Wassenaar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I second the previous reviewer's comment that this book badly needs a second edition. A lot has happened in coffee in the last five years alone, and this book was written more than 15 years ago. It still serves well as a general introduction to coffee, but the information on coffee and espresso preparation should be considered unreliable. Consider instead: Scott Rao's The Professional Barista's Handbook.


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