The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes

by laura everage on November 20, 2012 · 2 comments

By James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan

In this beautiful coffee table/kitchen shelf/bedside table book, James Freeman, founder and owner of Blue Bottle Coffee, brings the world of coffee to your home. Filled with eye-catching four-color photos, Freeman’s book bridges the gap between the coffee farmer and the coffee-drinking consumer, explaining the often-elusive world of coffee to its readers.

Before Freeman takes you into the world of coffee, he first takes you on a journey through his own personal connection with coffee. From his first experience with his parents’ plug-in percolator, to opening up of Blue Bottle, Freeman’s personal journey is a story of music, hardships, experimentation, and an overall passion for whatever it is he is doing. And, we are happy that right now, he is doing great coffee.

For those who are interested in learning more about the world of coffee, Freeman’s presentation is anything but pretentious. He gently takes readers to a place they have not been before. He doesn’t offer un-decipherable explanations about coffee and brewing, neither does he over-simplify the world of coffee, instead he draws in the reader explaining the ins and outs of the world of coffee, punctuating his story-telling with his own experiences. He makes no apologies for explaining what it is he likes about coffee – especially his preferred method of brewing – the pour-over. However, despite his preference, he does give equal time to other brewing methods, and only at one point offers up “one categorical opinion” about pod coffee (you can probably guess his stance, but you’ll have to read the book to be sure).

But wait, it’s not all about coffee . . . Freeman allows us all to end our Blue Bottle adventure with recipes that his wife, Caitlyn, who is an accomplished pastry chef, shares with us. This collection of tasty treats from both her professional and personal life, will surely satisfy my taste buds from morning ’til night.

My favorite is Brooklyn Bootleg S’Mores. Or maybe, it’s Ellsworth Kelly Fudge Pops. Or maybe . . . .

To find Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee, just visit a bookstore, or you can visit the Blue Bottle Coffee website to find out where you can snag a book.


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