Americans think of coffee as an ever-popular brew, but in the last ten years it has become a world-class superstar. Thousands of coffee bars are springing up from Tokyo to London, from Brazil to Seattle, where the brew is consumed in myriad forms of latte, cappuccino, espresso, Turkish, and other variations from exotic corners of the world.
Coffee Lover’s Bible offers a generous sample of coffee facts, history, lore, and pure trivia to share over your favorite brew, and 101 recipes for everything from drinkables to desserts to savory chicken dishes. It provides an introduction with all the tips you need to master the fine art of selecting and brewing, to find your way through varieties of arabica and robusta beans, and distinguish French brew from Middle Eastern from American. An inexpensive gift that will be appreciated by any coffee fancier or by anyone who enjoys surprising friends with delicious and unusual treats.
Coffee is being grown, traded, sold, and consumed as never before. It is ritualized, poeticized, mythologized. Ordinary people are no longer content with a simple cup of java, but want the best, a favorite roast, an exotic blend, a wildly rich coffee-flavored dessert–or just some coffee innovation their friends don’t know about yet. In short, coffee has become a serious matter, but at the same time, a whole lot more fun.
The Coffee Lover’s Bible invites you to join in this fun. Try recipes with liqueurs to create Kahlua Toreador, Cafe Brule, or Irish Cappuccino. Refresh yourself with Creole Coffee Ice Cream Punch or Cool Caffeine Smoothie. Trip out on desserts to die for–such as Chocolate Truffle Gateau, Agnes’s Mocha Velvet Pie, or Six-Layer Toffee Torte. Surprise your friends with a subtle coffee sauce in a main dish they will never forget.