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Barista Bible and Guides – Christine Cottrell

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Barista Bible and Guides by Christine Cottrell

Barista Bible and Guides by Christine Cottrell [©Coffee Education Network]

 

Lovers of coffee can celebrate – not with champagne, but with perfect cappuccinos – thanks to these books that guide every step essential to preparing and serving perfect espresso coffees.

Author and hospitality trainer Ms Christine Cottrell says with such an incredibly high interest in coffee around Australia, professional and home baristas could use a little help to make their espressos and cappuccinos as they were intended. “It can be hard to find a good espresso in Australia – one that is pleasantly aromatic, tastes bitter-sweet rather than just plain bitter, and has great long-lasting crema on top,” said Ms Cottrell.

“Readers will learn about the essentials of a perfect espresso, the things to get right regardless of the size, cost, age or brand of their espresso machine. These essentials include the quality and freshness of the beans, consistency of the ground beans, ratio of beans to water, temperature and pressure of the water, extraction time, plus the cleanliness of the espresso machinery,” she said. “For the true devotee to espresso there is the Barista Bible, a comprehensive collection of everything about espresso."

The Barista Bible is staggering in its detail and with over 200 pages of step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, photos and illustrations, there is now no excuse for not improving your espresso making skills. Detailed but easy to understand it is everything you need to know about preparing and serving perfect espresso. If, like me, you have always wondered how to make those perfect heart and leaf designs, then here it is. Impress your friends with not only great coffee but your ability to swirl and pour milk like a professional creating an extra visual dimension known as espresso art.

As well as the Barista Bible there are Barista Guides including a Dictionary (the language of espresso), Recipes (popular espresso beverages), Troubleshooting (common espresso problems) and Conversation (questions about espresso). These Guides add another interesting dimension to coffee culture explaining everything from "latte lingo" in the Dictionary to how to make the perfect Affogato (ice cream drowned with espresso) in Recipes. Water leaking from the underside of your espresso machine? You will find the answer to this and any other coffee making problem by heading to the Troubleshooting Guide.

The Conversation Guide "dispels the myths about coffee - from where to store your beans to what a great cappuccino should look like." It is an intriguing read providing the coffee connoisseur (barista or just coffee lover) with answers to, for example, where the word coffee originated and my favourite - "How can I tell if a place is going to serve me a great coffee beverage - even before I place my order?"

 

Perfect Espresso Barista Bible is published by Coffee Education Network (2008; pb), RRP A$65. Subscribers and Members of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Perfect Espresso Barista Bible from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).

Perfect Espresso CONVERSATION is published by Coffee Education Network (2008; pb), RRP A$20. Subscribers and Members of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Perfect Espresso CONVERSATION from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).

Perfect Espresso DICTIONARY is published by Coffee Education Network (2008; pb), RRP A$20. Subscribers and Members of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Perfect Espresso DICTIONARY from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).

Perfect Espresso RECIPES is published by Coffee Education Network (2008; pb), RRP A$20. Subscribers and Members of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Perfect Espresso RECIPES from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).

Perfect Espresso TROUBLESHOOTING is published by Coffee Education Network (2008; pb), RRP A$20. Subscribers and Members of VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive can purchase Perfect Espresso TROUBLESHOOTING from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).

 

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