What makes the perfect cup of coffee? Why is coffee so addictive? Caffeine is the most widely consumed mind-altering molecule in the world; we cannot get enough of it but how is it that coffee has such a hold? It all depends on science! Find out why water has to be at a certain temperature, what method works best with which grind, how roast affects taste, what happens when you add cream, which bean you start out with plus loads more information about the world's most popular stimulant! From coffee plantations to your morning hot beverage, this fascinating guide to the chemistry of coffee lays out the scientific principles for the coffee-loving non-scientist. The go-to guide for home baristas and coffee lovers!
Lani Kingston is a culinary journalist and researcher, media producer and trained chef from Melbourne, Australia – one of the world’s leading “coffee cities.” With a Masters degree in Food Studies, her expertise ranges from food and drink history, agriculture, and culinary anthropology, to food processing and consumption. She is a trained barista, has written about coffee worldwide, and worked on award-winning documentaries highlighting the history of coffee. As a culinary journalist she travels the world, researching food and drink culture, methods, and ingredients, and has consumed and studied more types of coffee than she can count in places like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Mexico, and Vanuatu.