Top Ten Coffee Books for Your Favorite Foodies

Nothing goes with a great cup of coffee quite as well as a book. If coffee is a passion for someone you love, you’re sure to be a big hit with a gift of coffee and one of the books from the list below.

I Love Coffee!: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks by Linda Zimmer
It’s the number one selling coffee book at Amazon.com, and with good reason. This beautifully illustrated book of coffee recipes and facts is both practical and pretty.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast may be the best-selling coffee book of the last 8 years. Pendergrast looks at the history of coffee and its place in the world economy. Entertaining, informative and thought-provoking.

Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying, Fifth Edition by Kenneth Davids is an attractive, well-written books by one of today’s acknowledged coffee gurus, the editor of Coffee Review. Definitely worth the price.

The Coffee Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide Second Edition by Jon Thorn and Michael Segal is truly a guide to the best of coffee. Thorn and Segal review 150 of the world’s top coffees, complete with tasting notes, and information on roasting and brewing each.

Home Coffee Roasting, Revised, Updated Edition: Romance and Revival by Kenneth Davids is bound to be a treasured gift by the coffee enthusiast in your life. Davids, who edits Coffee Review and wrote Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, turns his pen to the subject of home roasting, and writes about it with so much passion that you want to run right out and buy some green beans so you can try it yourself.


The Perfect Cup: A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Buying, Brewing, And Tasting by Timothy J. Castle is, according to a coffee trader, “the most accurate and interesting book about the coffee industry”. It includes notes on specific coffee varietals and how-to’s for tasting, brewing and roasting, as well as a lively history of coffee’s role in the world.

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 1) by Cleo Coyle is the first of a series of light-weight murder mysteries starring the spunky Clare Cosi, owner of a coffee shop in Greenwich Village. It’s the perfect reading material to go with your favorite cuppa, and has at least six followup Coffeehouse Mysteries – because you just won’t be able to get enough Cosi.

God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michelle Weissman takes you on a whirlwind journey alongside coffee buyers for some of the most respected coffee roasters in the US. From the boardrooms to the jungle, you’ll learn about the coffee industry and the passions of the guys who are looking for the perfect coffee bean and why it matters.

The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen is an entertaining and engaging recounting of one man’s journey in search of the history of coffee. Mark Pendergrast calls Allen the “Hunter S. Thompson of coffee” and highly recommends this part-travelogue-part-history-book to anyone that loves coffee.

The Professional Barista’s Handbook by Scott Rao is widely proclaimed as the perfect espresso handbook, with information about everything from espresso chemistry to how to make latte art. It’s an absolute must-have for someone who is serious about making the very best espresso possible.