Cup of Joe or Joy?: Reads for National Coffee Month

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August is National Coffee Month! But do we really need a special month to celebrate one of the most popular beverages in the world? Coffee is grown commercially on four continents and consumed enthusiastically on all seven.  Millions rely on the aromatic bean for their daily caffeine jolt, and millions more depend on it for their livelihoods. Coffee lovers attest that nothing compares to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. For many, a cup of joe is the ultimate get-up-and-go beverage.   Here are some nonfiction reads on this much loved beverage, followed by fiction featuring coffeeshops, baristas, coffee planters or the coffee industry. NonFiction The Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails: Over 75 Recipes For Mixing Coffee And Liquor by Jason Clark World-class mixologist Clark will inspire, excite and educate you by taking you behind the bar for a masterclass in creating coffee-based cocktails.  Learn how to perfect simple classics such as Espresso Martini and Irish coffee or try your hand at technical modern marvels Golden Velvet and Death By Caffeine. Coffee A Global History by Jonathan Morris Morris explains both how the world acquired a taste for this humble bean, and why the beverage tastes so differently throughout the world. He identifies the regions and ways in which coffee has been grown, who worked the farms and who owned them, and how the beans were processed, traded, and transported. Morris also explores the businesses behind coffee—the brokers, roasters, and machine manufacturers—and dissects the geopolitics linking producers to consumers. Coffee: From Bean to Barista by Robert Thurston This engaging guide traces the history, cultivation, and culture of coffee, as well as the major factors influencing the industry today. Thurston considers cultivation and its challenges, especially climate change; new research on hybridization; the history of coffee and cultural change surrounding it around the world; devices, new and old, for making coffee drinks; the issue of organic versus conventional agriculture; and the health benefits of the brew. The Coffee Book by Anette Moldvaer  Discover the origins of coffee and its production before exploring over 40 country profiles, showcasing the incredible variety of beans grown around the world. Master different roasting, grinding, tamping and brewing techniques, plus the equipment needed. Experiment with some 70 recipes, ranging from café culture classics, such as the Americano, to more adventurous flavor combinations like the Almond Fig Latte or the Hazelnut Frappé, as well as non-dairy milk alternatives, Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire And The Making Of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick The epic story of the rise of coffee in the Americas, and how it connected and divided the modern world. This history of how coffee came to be produced by the world’s poorest people and consumed by its richest opens up a unique perspective on how the modern globalized world works, ultimately provoking a reconsideration of what it means to be connected to far-away people and places through the familiar things that make up our everyday lives. The Complete Book Of Coffee : The Definitive Guide To Coffee, From Simple Bean To Irresistible Beverage by Mary Banks The definitive illustrated guide to coffee: its history, where it is grown, the beans, the types of roast and grind, and how to brew and drink it. Features a comprehensive survey of the coffee-producing countries around the world, and the quality and characteristics of different kinds of bean. Over 70 recipes demonstrate the wonderful versatility of coffee in the kitchen, with delicious soufflés and meringues, puddings, fruit and frozen desserts, and enticing cakes, pastries, breads and biscuits. From The Ground Up: A Journey To Reimagine The Promise Of America by Howard Schultz From the longtime CEO and chairman of Starbucks, a bold, dramatic work about the new responsibilities that leaders, businesses, and citizens share in American society today—as viewed through the intimate lens of one man’s life and work.  The Home Café : Creative Recipes For Espresso, Matcha, Tea And Coffee Drinks by Asia Lui Chapa That first sip of caffeine is pure magic–so why not treat yourself and make it an all-out celebration? With this classy curation of recipes, you’ll find endless ideas to take your morning cup of tea or coffee to the next level with fun flourishes, new flavors and fresh takes–from fruity matcha spritzers to dessert-inspired lattes. These drinks make it easy to bring the warm aesthetic and delicious notes of a café into your own home. You’ll capture that quintessential barista taste without spending extra money or changing out of your pajamas. How To Make The Best Coffee At Home by James Hoffmann The author demonstrates everything you need to know to make consistently excellent coffee at home, including: what equipment is worth buying, and what isn’t; how to grind coffee; the basics of brewing for all major equipment (cafetiere, aeropress, stovetop etc); understanding coffee drinks, from the cortado to latte and the perfect espresso. The Marley Coffee Cookbook : One Love, Many Coffees, And 100 Recipes by Rohan Marley Most people know of coffee only as a beverage or as flavoring for ice cream, but in red-eye gravy, it’s always been a part of America’s culinary tradition. Like chocolate, with which it shares a similar flavor profile, coffee perfumes many savory dishes. Rohan Marley, son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, has raised coffee in his native Jamaica, and he markets coffee also from other worldwide sustainable sources, such as Ethiopia. With chef Maxcel Hardy’s skill, Marley makes coffee a component in all manner of foods. He enhances traditional jerk seasoning with coffee, and he uses coffee in stews of chicken and lamb. Even salad dressing gets a jolt of java. Coffee aficionados will find a lot here to broaden their culinary imaginations. The Monk Of Mokha by Dave Eggers Eggers portrays Yemeni American Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who, after an unruly childhood in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a transformative stay in Yemen with his grandfather, and success as a car salesman, finally finds his calling, which proves to be