“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening.”
— Gertrude Stein
Stuff Every Coffee Lover Should Know is here! And I can’t quite believe it.
My path to becoming an author was filled with a few unexpected detours (like all the best journeys, perhaps!), so it’s truly a surreal moment to be here sharing my second book with you today.
As with Stuff Every Tea Lover Should Know, this book is also pocket-sized (it’s only just bigger than my iPhone), but its small pages are packed with many ways to elevate your coffee game. It includes highlights from the history of coffee, a tour of the world’s best coffee-growing regions, and an in-depth look at popular espresso drinks.
But once again, my favorite part to research and write was the chapter on coffee traditions from across the world — because it was the section I felt the strongest personal connection with.
Here’s how I wrote about it in the book’s introduction:
“As I’ve traveled the world over the past decade, I’ve seen how important coffee is on the smallest, most human level. I’ve been welcomed into family kitchens in Tamil Nadu, India, and taught how to prepare rich, creamy South Indian filter coffee.
I’ve made new friends in some of Europe’s oldest coffeeshops in Vienna and Paris, and sipped tiny styrofoam cups of tinto in Cartagena, Colombia, which I always bought from a roving coffee vendor named Wilmet…
Relationships and stories — these are the very things that coffee has been about since the beginning.”
As Gertrude Stein once put it, coffee is indeed so much more than just a drink, and as I looked back through my sketchbooks this weekend, I wasn’t at all surprised to see how often there was a cup of coffee by my side, no matter where I was in the world:
Brewing coffee in an old silver moka pot was a key morning ritual at the yurt.
And now, for a giveaway!
This week, I’m excited to give away five copies of Stuff Every Coffee Lover Should Know to newsletter subscribers. Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
Simply click through to the Web version of this post and leave a comment, saying what your favorite espresso drink is — perhaps a classic cappuccino or a rich and decadent mocha?
I’ll choose five winners at random this Sunday, March 14th, at 12noon ET, so be sure to comment before then.
It’s such a thrill to share my new book with you today! I’m raising my mug of coffee in gratitude and celebrating one of the world’s favorite hot drinks.
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