The Craft and Science of Coffee follows the coffee plant from its origins in East Africa to its current role as a global product that influences millions of lives though sustainable development, economics, and consumer desire.
For most, coffee is a beloved beverage. However, for some it is also an object of scientifically study, and for others it is approached as a craft, both building on skills and experience. By combining the research and insights of the scientific community and expertise of the crafts people, this unique book brings readers into a sustained and inclusive conversation, one where academic and industrial thought leaders, coffee farmers, and baristas are quoted, each informing and enriching each other.
This unusual approach guides the reader on a journey from coffee farmer to roaster, market analyst to barista, in a style that is both rigorous and experience based, universally relevant and personally engaging. From on-farming processes to consumer benefits, the reader is given a deeper appreciation and understanding of coffee's complexity and is invited to form their own educated opinions on the ever changing situation, including potential routes to further shape the coffee futurein aresponsible manner.
- Presents a novel synthesis of coffee research and real-world experience that aids understanding, appreciation, and potential action.
- Includes contributions froma multitude of experts who address complex subjects with a conversational approach.
- Provides expert discourse on the coffee calue chain, from agricultural and production practices, sustainability, post-harvest processing, and quality aspects to the economic analysis of the consumer value proposition.
- Engages with the key challenges of future coffee production and potential solutions.
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About the Author
Dr. Britta Folmer is Coffee Science Manager at Nestlé Nespresso S.A. In her role she ensures that the science and expertise supporting Nespresso’s coffee quality and development is communicated the scientific and coffee expert community, as well as to consumers. Furthermore, she serves as scientific advisor for various coffee and product launches. Her way of working always aims at combining the knowledge and knowhow between scientists and crafts people.
During her nine years at Nespresso, Britta has helped to establish the company as one with a solid scientific presence within the coffee community. Before moving to her current role in 2009, Britta served as coffee development and portfolio manager at Nespresso where she was responsible for management of coffee projects.
Britta’s activities within the specialty coffee organisations include the SCAE Events Committee. She actively contributed to the creation of the new Sustainability Forum which was launched at the World of Coffee in Dublin.
Table of Contents
1. The Coffee Tree-Genetic Diversity and Origin 2. Cultivating Coffee Quality-Terroir and Agro-Ecosystem 3. Postharvest Processing-Revealing the Green Bean 4. Environmental Sustainability-Farming in the Anthropocene 5. Social Sustainability-Community, Livelihood, andTradition 6. Economic Sustainability-Price, Cost, andValue 7. Experience and Experimentation: From Survive to Thrive 8. Cupping and Grading-Discovering Character andQuality 9. Trading and Transaction-Market and Finance Dynamics 10. Decaffeination-Process andQuality 11. The Roast-Creating the Beans' Signature 12. The Chemistry of Roasting-Decoding Flavor Formation 13. The Grind-Particles and Particularities 14. Protecting the Flavors-Freshness as a Key to Quality 15. The Brew-Extracting for Excellence 16. Water for Extraction-Composition, Recommendations, and Treatment 17. Crema-Formation, Stabilization, and Sensation 18. Sensory Evaluation-Profiling and Preferences 19. We Consumers-Tastes, Rituals, and Waves 20. Human Wellbeing-Sociability, Performance, and Health