The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee by Tristan Stephensen (Ryland Peters & Small, May 14, 2019, 92 pages) is sold as “the ultimate guide to the history, science, and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado and master storyteller Tristan Stephensen.
Stephensen started his career as a bartender, quickly rising to Brand Ambassador for a major brands group in the UK. He served as a long-time consultant to the alcoholic beverages industry, traveling to over 200 distilleries and breweries all over the world in his research.
Turning to coffee, Stephensen set out to write an illustrated narrative about the world of coffee, from its origins to the science of cultivating and roasting, brewing, and combining for some of the most original flavors ever created and even discussions of ethics and public policy. Some of his original recipes include an Espresso Martini, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Coffee Liqueur, and Butter Coffee.
Some of the readers comments include, “definitely a useful book for someone looking to make their own handcrafted coffee,” “Beautiful book, I know there are others like it, but I am not disappointed at all in this one,” “Great coffee table book,” “Fun and factual!”
Stephensen steps up from his previous successful book, The Curious Bartender, to put his original research and take on the wonderful world of coffee in The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee and does it with panash. It’s an excellent and informative read and makes a great gift.