What is Specialty Coffee?
Here is an introduction to the world of specialty coffee.  

Brewing Methods
Coffee Brewing Basics
Learn how to brew great coffee at home with this easy to use guide.  
How to Brew with the Hario V60 Dripper
Brewing an amazing cup of coffee at home is easy with the Hario V60 dripper. Follow our how-to instructions and start brewing like a pro.  
How to brew with a French Press
The French have been brewing coffee in the French Press Pot since the 1850's. Follow these simple instructions and brew excellent French Press coffee at home.  

Coffee Trip Web Site Features
Take a Tour of the Coffee Trip Web Site
Watch this short feature video to learn more about the Coffee Trip web site.  
Suggestions on how to review a cafe
If you need some help in figuring out how to review a specialty coffee cafe, here are some guidelines that we find useful. There are two areas to a review – the review text and the rating.  
Coffee Trip Goes Mobile With New iPhone App
If you have an iPhone and have an interest in specialty coffee - either professionally or as an enthusiast – I think you will enjoy this app. And it’s free.  

Books - Special Interest
Book Picture God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee
By Michaele Weissman

From Ethiopia to Panama to Portland, journalist Weissman shadows today's vanguard coffee guys in their pursuit of the perfect, caffeinated beverage. With increased demand for specialty roasts superior to the mass-marketed offerings at Starbucks, Weissman illustrates how the origin, flavor compounds and socioeconomic impact of a cup of coffee are relevant now more than ever.

Book Picture Coffee: A Dark History
By Anthony Wild

Coffee trader and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil—and an industry that employs one hundred million people throughout the world. Bridging the gap between coffee's dismal colonial past and its perilous corporate present, Coffee reveals the shocking exploitation that has always lurked at the heart of the industry.

Book Picture Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the "Great Good Places" at the Heart of Our Communities
By Ph.D. Ray Oldenburg

After a long day at work or a lazy afternoon at home, many of us seek solace and distraction in a place where the magical combination of comfort, familiarity, and good company transform an ordinary hangout into our special "third place." Celebrating the Third Place brings together nineteen firsthand accounts by proprietors of third places, as well as appreciations by fans who have made spending time at these establishments a regular part of their lives.


Books - Brewing
Book Picture Everything But Espresso: Professional Coffee Brewing Techniques
By Scott Rao

When I began in the coffee business in 1992, I read every book I could find about coffee. After reading all of those books, however, I felt as if I hadn't learned much about how to make great coffee. My coffee library was chock-full of colorful descriptions of brewing styles, growing regions, and recipes, with a few almost-unreadable scientific books mixed in. I would have traded in all of those books for one serious, practical book with relevant information about making great coffee in a café.

Book Picture The Professional Barista's Handbook: An Expert Guide to Preparing Espresso, Coffee, and Tea
By Scott Rao

When I began in the coffee business fourteen years ago, I read every book I could find about coffee. After reading all of those books, however, I felt as if I hadn't learned much about how to make great coffee. I would have traded in all of those books for one serious, practical book with relevant information about making great coffee in a café. Fourteen years later, I still haven't found that book. This book is my attempt to give it to them.

Book Picture Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying, Fifth Edition
By Kenneth Davids

Now in its fourth revised edition, Kenneth Davids's comprehensive and entertaining Coffee: A Guide to Buying Brewing, and Enjoying remains an invaluable resource for anyone who truly enjoys a good cup of coffee. It features updated information and definitions, a history of coffee culture, tips on storing and brewing, and other essential advice designed to improve the coffee experience.Coffee lovers everywhere will welcome this lively, complete guide to the fascinating world of America's national beverage.


Books - Reference
Book Picture Uncommon Grounds: The History Of Coffee And How It Transformed Our World
By Mark Pendergrast

The first comprehensive business and social history of coffee, which describes how coffee has dominated and molded the economies, politics, and social structures of entire countries. Pendergrast's scrupulously researched and lively anecdotal history provides a window through which to view broader themes of modern-day media and marketing, the rise of mass production, colonialism, women's issues, and international commodity schemes.

Book Picture The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea
By Travis Arndorfer

For hot beverage novices and budding baristas, here is an essential introduction to the world of coffee and tea, from a basic history of each product, to advanced tips and tricks for blending, brewing, and using syrups and milk, to recipes from around the world. Includes information on different types of beans and teas, available brewing equipment, and little-known secrets to making fabulous coffee- and tea-based drinks. Contains the finest recipes from worldwide barista champions

Book Picture Espresso Coffee, Second Edition: The Science of Quality
By Andrea Illy

The second edition of the successful Espresso Coffee will once again comprehensively cover the current status of the chemistry and technology of espresso coffee. It comprehensively covers topics such as agronomy, green coffee processing, roasting/grinding, packaging, percolating and decaffeination techniques. It provides a comprehensive resource for those interested in the fundamental notions of coffee quality; with a point of reference given in the form of a detailed bibliography to provide direction to the wider literature.


Books - Coffee Recipes
Book Picture Coffee: The Essential Guide To The Essential Bean
By Catherine Calvert

Examining all aspects of the popular beverage from coffee houses to paraphernalia for brewing, a handy reference includes coffee terms from A to Z and recipes for scrumptious accompaniments to a cup of coffee at any time of the day.

Book Picture The Little Black Book of Coffee
By Karen Berman

From roasts to brews, coffee bean to coffee cup, this ''Essential Guide to Your Favorite Perk-Me-Up'' gets you into the espresso lane with more than 70 tempting recipes for coffee drinks and treats. Rise and shine! 160 pages; 4-1/4 wide x 5-3/4 high; concealed wire-o binding; book lies flat for ease of use; elastic band place holder.

Book Picture Cooking with Coffee: 60 Recipes Using Fair Trade Coffee
By Rosenblatt, Meyer, Beckmann

Coffee is more than a morning pick-me-up. This fair trade cookbook demonstrates the range of drinks and dishes that can be created using this much loved stimulant: hot chocolate with coffee and cinnamon, cafe frappe, Mexican mole, lamb fillets with mocha and apple sauce and more. It also enables the reader to follow the journey of the coffee bean from its origins in Latin America and Africa, through the refinement process, to roasting houses in more northerly climes. Details of fair trade coffee suppliers are provided at the back of the book.


Books - Coffee Roasting
Book Picture Home Coffee Roasting, Revised, Updated Edition: Romance and Revival
By Kenneth Davids

Home Coffee Roasting has been completely revised throughout with new, up-to-date sections on the latest developments in home-roasting equipment and provides step-by-step guidelines to the coffee-roasting process. The new edition also features: A much expanded resources section for green beans and home-roasting equipment, the best techniques for storing green coffee beans, the new home roasters: how to evaluate and use them, tips on perfecting a roast, and information on how to create your own blend.

Book Picture Coffee Roasting at Home (Magic Bean Coffee Books)
By Sanders, Sandbeck

This book contains easy, step-by-step instructions and recipes which enable you to roast coffee at home using household appliances. Includes instructions for a hot air popper method, stove top method, oven method, and for home roasting machines. Roasting coffee at home is easy and fun to do. Using high quality green beans you can quickly create a roast to surpass specialty coffee roasts.

Books - Cafe Management
Book Picture Bean Business Basics
By Milletto, Arvidson, Borgart

This 670-page start-up/operational manual is unlike any book currently on the market. Bean Business Basics is the definitive guide for those starting a retail coffee business and a great manual for existing coffee businesses. This book contains excellent information that guides the reader to success, written by the professionals who have consulted and trained thousands of gourmet coffee bar employees across the country and around the world. Buying this book is like purchasing tens of thousands of dollars of consulting services.

Book Picture Brewing a Creative Culture
By The Staff of Dillanos Coffee

Brewing A Creative Culture will help small- to medium-sized business owners in any industry stop wondering. The key to creating a seamless team as passionate about their company's culture and profitable growth is blocked out into twelve inspiring formulas to blend outrageous fun with high accountability. Some readers will find the formulas familiar. But they'll be driven to action based on the book's unique approach of sharing Dillanos' story told directly by members of the staff.

Book Picture The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Coffee Bar
By Formichelli, Martin, Gilbert

This is a step-by-step guide to realizing what for many people is a cherished dream: opening a successful coffee bar. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting and Running a Coffee Bar includes the dirt on what it’s really like to work behind the counter and information on everything from how to build a business plan, to how to make the drinks and how to price them.