James Hoffmann is one of the most respected people in the specialty coffee industry. He is also one of its most accomplished, and possibly its busiest.
After winning the World Barista Championship in 2007, Hoffmann co-founded London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters, which has revolutionised and raised the bar for specialty coffee in Britain. He edits Longberry, a coffee magazine, and travels the world, consulting and speaking about coffee (he was in Australia recently) and writing content for his influential blog Jimseven.com. And just in case you were feeling you’d achieved a lot lately, the man has now written and published a book, The World Atlas of Coffee.
In a recent interview, Hoffmann says, “Coffee is wonderful, but it can be very confusing and noisy and I hope to help make some sense of the noise for people and make coffee a little clearer.” With this comprehensive book, he has done just that. Split into three sections, The World Atlas of Coffee first gives an overview of the history of coffee, and examines the science behind coffee as a plant. It then discusses the processes of brewing and roasting, before exploring the differences and similarities between many of the coffee-producing countries of the world — 29 to be exact — including photos and some maps of several growing regions.