Which books do you recommend to read for people who are interested in coffee?

This question asks for literature about coffee - is that still within our scope? My gut feeling would be no, yet our sadly generic [on-topic] gives no hint whatsoever.

Obviously I can (and did) VTC as too broad, but would this post have the potential of a fun Comunity Wiki? Like most language sites have a collection of sources? So answers would have to be in some kind of order, e.g. history, cultivation, roasting and brewing....

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As the one who asked the question, I also share the same feeling. Thus, I tried to specifically mention "quality articles and joyful books" in the question text.

I hope with this note the question may end up well and we may share a nice collection of books to follow.

Just before posting the question, I checked the Coffee SE's tour page. It's noted as: "all aspects of producing and consuming coffee". So, the books are at the gray area to me. They may be either included in this definition or not. Both seems acceptable.

One more idea: Actually, I think I implied this in the question text, but it may be better to explicitly state that the question is asked to compile a Coffee SE user reviewed and advised list of books with a possibility of form a community wiki page.

  • I very much agree with the Comunity Wiki aspect.
    – Stephie Mod
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 16:33
  • @Stephie I will add this to the text of the question in bold, then.
    – MTSan
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 17:00

This question strikes me as very, very broad, quite fluid, and highly opinion-based. As new books come out, answers will inevitably change to the point that there cannot be any reasonable canonical answer.

I don't know whether community wiki or perhaps putting related books in the tag wiki for specific topics make the best approach here.


On MathSE there are some very broad questions which--as you suggest--were fun and well-received. Why not?

Especially on this site, with its relatively small membership, the likelihood of a deluge is slight. I think if answers self-identify according to category that is sufficient order unless there are too many answers.

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