With the coming of Spring means for many of us coffee lovers, a refreshed insight into the world of specialty coffees. It is as if Spring is the dawn of a new year in the industry. For us at Dungarees, it is an opportunity to delve into the cauldron of what’s new and exciting; the new emerging professionals on the scene, the even finer points of a perfect extraction, and the open canvas of innovation in the world of customer experience and experience design within UK coffee shop culture.
With the big UK coffee shows just around the corner such as The London Coffee Festival and Caffe Culture we thought we would top up on our knowledge levels and pull out our TOP THREE COFFEE BOOKS from the DUNGAREES archive. Here are our particular favourites to share with you guys. It’s a complex world, the coffee world, and we like to cover, as much as we possibly can, the whole industry, from farming to sourcing, cupping to brewing at home, and choosing your favourite brew in an ideal setting. It’s the only way. Here they are. ENJOY!
Uncommon Ground by Mark Pendergrast:
Mark Pendergrast discusses the dramatic changes that we have seen within coffee culture over the last decade, from the huge developments in farming and trade, to the drastic changes of direction that we have seen in our approach to quality standards when brewing.
Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White:
Merry Whites book takes us on a journey of Japans culture through the coffee world lens. Delving into culture in this ways shows us the importance of a seemingly simple commodity and the role it plays. But that’s just it, it’s more than a commodity, it’s a way of life, a catalyst in a huge segment of our and culture and many others around the world, as White shows us. It’s a must for anyone interested in coffee in it’s social context.
Worlds Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman:
The perfect start and on going wealth of knowledge for all professionals and enthusiasts within the coffee world. James Hoffman a world barista champion and third wave coffee game changer gives the reader an overview of the worlds most vibrant coffee growing regions as well as in-depth educational material on brewing and innovative techniques to get the best out of you bean. Start with this and end with this if you love your coffee rituals.
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The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg:
Not coffee specific, but very relevant! If you’re as much into the intricacies of the setting and experiences that one encounters when enjoying a coffee in their favourite place, The Great Good Place is an ideal start. Learn about the origins of the third place, of which the coffee shop places a huge role in the 21st century, and allow the book to encourage you to take a step back and realise how important these experiences and places are in our daily lives and our personal development.