Top 10 Must Read Books About Coffee

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Top 10 Must Read Books About Coffee

Brewing Knowledge and Espresso Tales

Index Top 10 Must-Read Books About Coffee:

  1. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
  2. The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann
  3. The Coffee Trader by David Liss
  4. How To Make The Best Coffee At Home by James Hoffmann
  5. How to Taste Coffee by Jessica Easto
  6. The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee by Tristan Stephenson
  7. The Coffee Cookbook by Marta Greene
  8. Coffee Gives Me Superpowers by Ryoko Iwata
  9. Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast
  10. The Home Café by Asia Lui Chapa


My name is Jorine and I have been working for the Superkop team since 2022. My passion for coffee started years ago. My former working partner, who I had a catering business with, and I were always exploring the best coffee spots in Amsterdam and Haarlem. We knew which beans were served where! Since I am at the Superkop team, you can imagine, I try other beans every week to make good espresso shots at home!

My passion for reading goes way back, long before anything else and I am excited about sharing my favorite coffee-related books with you. The first book is a fantastic book, which I received as a starting gift from the former owners and inventors of Superkop; Geert and Sabine.


The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Explore the captivating true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee. Dave Eggers weaves a narrative that blends adventure, culture, and the journey of one man’s quest for excellence in coffee. Eggers is a writer of oral history stories and this is an excellent example. Enjoy!


The World Atlas of Coffee

From Beans to Brewing – Coffees Explored, Explained, and Enjoyed by James Hoffmann

James Hoffmann’s masterpiece offers a global journey through coffee, including insightful information on espresso variations worldwide. A must have if you love coffee, a learning guide.


The Coffee Trader by David Liss

I waited a long time to read this book, but when I started it I felt sorry. If you enjoy financial history, Jewish history, Dutch history or just a good story that combines all that together, this is the book for you! Step into the 17th-century world of Amsterdam’s coffee trade with David Liss‘ historical novel. Filled with intrigue, commerce, and a protagonist navigating the complexities of the coffee market, this novel provides a unique blend of coffee and historical fiction.


How To Make The Best Coffee At Home by James Hoffmann

Another one by Hoffmann. In this book he shows you how to make barista-level coffee at home. We all expect to be able to buy an excellent cup of coffee from the many brilliant coffee shops available. But what about the coffee we make at home? Shouldn’t that be just as good? For sure, that’s what we think at Superkop. Actually for me, this is a must read when you have a good coffee making tool at home. It enhances the enjoyment of your coffee-making experience.


How to Taste Coffee: Develop Your Sensory Skills and Get the Most Out of Every Cup by Jessica Easto.

In addition to that characteristic coffee taste, you really can find hints of fruit, chocolate, and nuts in your cup—all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and the ability to slow down and savor. That’s where How to Taste Coffee comes in. You’ll learn how our senses perceive coffee, what creates and affects coffee flavor, and how to practice your sensory skills, using the same tools and resources as coffee professionals. Love it!


The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee by Tristan Stephenson

This is the ultimate guide to the history, science, and cultural influence of coffee according to coffee aficionado and master storyteller Tristan Stephenson. You’ll explore the origins of coffee before discovering the varieties of coffee and the alchemy responsible for transforming a humble bean into the world’s most popular drink.


The Coffee Cookbook by Marta Greene

With over 200 recipes, Coffee Cookbook is the perfect way to expand your culinary horizons, while also showing off your appreciation for the world’s most popular drink. It’s full of delicious recipes for cold and hot drinks, cocktails, Ice-creams, and dessert-like treats—all made with coffee! As a cook I love looking into recipes, it is a real good one!


Coffee Gives Me Superpowers by Ryoko Iwata

This delightful, short, optimistic well-illustrated collection of infographics is an unusually rewarding diversion for a moment, while sipping a cup of coffee. An illustrated book about the most awesome beverage on earth, is the subtitle. With its captivating facts, cute illustrations, and the author’s delightful sense of humor, this book is simply fantastic! Whether you’re a casual coffee drinker or coffee connoisseur, you’ll enjoy this book.


Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade, from the disastrous “Coffee Crisis” that caused global prices to plummet, to the rise of the Fair Trade movement and the “third-wave” of quality-obsessed coffee connoisseurs.


The Home Café by Asia Lui Chapa

The Home Café has a tailored drink for everyone and for any day of the year. It’s a must-have for those ready to build their own home café. It contains recipes for espresso, matcha, tea and coffee drinks. These drinks make it easy to bring the warm aesthetic and delicious notes of a café into your own home. Plus, the beautiful layout makes it a lovely addition to your kitchen table. A beautiful layout, so nice to have on your kitchen table.


There are, of course, many more books about coffee. My selection of Top 10 books about coffee provides a good starting point for those who love making espresso or flat whites at home. With the insights from these books, your coffee skills will grow, and you should consistently enjoy better coffee at home. We can’t all be a barista world champion, but we can certainly at least try!

This was my first blog for Superkop. I hope you enjoyed reading it; there are many blogs to come! I am still looking for a book featuring lever coffee tools, like Superkop. Perhaps someday it’ll appear in a novel about the African outback, a road trip guide or a sailing adventure around the world for the daily best coffee shot. Please keep exploring the exciting world of coffee through literature! Jorine- Team Superkop