4 Coffee Books all Coffee Lovers Should Own

So it may be surprising, but here at Joyride, we actually do other things besides make awesome cold brew and drink amazing single origin coffees.

We read about coffee too!

Check out our favorite books on coffee below.


1. God in a Cup by Michaele Weissman

For people who love coffee and an adventure, God in a Cup brings you behind the scenes of "Third Wave" coffee - and the passion goes into sourcing the highest quality beans on the the market. Journalist Michaele Weissman follows three specialty coffee gurus on their quest for finding the perfect cup of coffee and the development of the Direct Trade model. Venturing to various coffee capitals around the world with Specialty coffee experts as guides, Weissman follows Counter Culture's Peter Giuliano, Intelligentsia's Geoff Watts, and Stumptown's Duane Sorenson.

2. The Professional Barista's Handbook by Scott Rao

A how-to guide on brewing the most perfectly balanced cup.

From the author's introduction:

"When I began in the coffee business fourteen years ago, I read every book I could find about coffee. After reading all of those books, however, I felt as if I hadn't learned much about how to make great coffee. My coffee library was chock-full of colorful descriptions of brewing styles, growing regions, and recipes, with a few almost-unreadable scientific books mixed in. I would have traded in all of those books for one serious, practical book with relevant information about making great coffee in a café. Fourteen years later, I still haven't found that book. I know many other professionals as well as some obsessive nonprofessionals would like to find that same book I've been looking for. This book is my attempt to give it to them."

3. Everything but Espresso by Scott Rao

With exceptional overall reviews, Scott Rao's second book delves into the various forms of brewing coffee. Divided into three core sections, Everything but Espresso covers everything from coffee extraction and measurement methods to achieving the optimal flavor profile and water chemistry.  This guide is perfect caffeine-addicts who love to brew at home, complete with a thorough bibliography for those who want to read more.

4. The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann

Whether you're an espresso aficionado or if you just discovered Third Wave coffee, James Hoffmann's book will impress you. With his vibrant images and detailed descriptions, Hoffmann brings readers to the most vibrant coffee-growing regions, educates them with step-by-step brewing tutorials and brings awareness to the politics of fair-trade in the coffee industry.