21st Century Coffee: A Guide

A new book from Kenneth Davids, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Coffee Review

“The masterpiece of a coffee master”

_Donald N. Schoenholt, Gillies Coffee

21st Century Coffee: A Guide

Brings Kenneth Davids’ accessible writing voice and 40 years of coffee experience to a comprehensive introduction to virtually everything about coffee, including the game-changing new developments that have taken place over the past two decades. These are developments Davids has been part of week by week and cup by cup over the last 25 years as editor and lead writer of Coffee Review.


Author Kenneth Davids

has observed, documented, and participated in the specialty coffee movement continuously since its inception over forty years ago. He has published three books on coffee previous to this one, all appearing in multiple editions, and is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Web publication CoffeeReview.com, which since its launch in 1997 has provided coffee reviews and analysis to nearly one million unique visitors per year. His workshops and seminars on coffee sourcing, tasting and evaluation have been featured at professional coffee meetings throughout the world.

Also by Kenneth Davids:

  • Home Coffee Roasting: Romance & Revival (2 editions).
  • Coffee: A Guide to Buying Brewing & Enjoying (5 editions; nearly 250,000 copies sold).
  • Espresso: Ultimate Coffee (2 editions; nominated for a James Beard Award).

(All published by St. Martin’s Press, NYC)

What’s Inside 21st Century Coffee: A Guide

Currently the world’s most complete and up-to-date general introduction to coffee from seed to cup. It includes:

A lucid, cut-to-the-chase history of coffee, including its recent emergence as a complex and refined specialty beverage.

A friendly but thorough introduction to coffee tasting and evaluation.

Detailed chapters on tree variety and processing methods.

Coffee origins presented in more detail than ever before in a single volume.

An overview of coffee's environmental and socio-economic issues.

An introduction to coffee roasting and profiling.

Brewing principals and step-by-step instructions for most major brewing methods.

289 large-format pages. Softcover.

170 photographs, 26 maps, 27 tables and infographics.


What Other Coffee Experts Are Saying about 21st Century Coffee: A Guide

George Howell, specialty coffee pioneer and innovator: “Many have written about coffee over the last few decades, but only Kenneth Davids has been involved as a writer and full participant spanning the early 1970’s to the present. 21st Century Coffee: A Guide is the latest book from this coffee explorer, and it is his best, written with clarity on the ever-expanding world of coffee today.”

Donald N. Schoenholt, president of Gillies Coffee Company: “The masterpiece of a coffee master, who has poured a lifetime of research and affection for his subject into this important volume, equally at home in the professional’s library and on the coffee lover’s kitchen shelf.”

Aida Batlle, coffee producer, El Salvador: "Kenneth Davids expertly guides readers through the complex ways varieties, processing, drying, and roasting all affect the taste in the cup.”

Dr. Peter Baker, scientist and writer, Climate Edge, UK: “Whether scrutinizing such arcana as the Burundi process or carbonic maceration, through to confronting the 'wicked problems' of environmental sustainability, nobody writing about coffee today does it with greater clarity and authority than Ken.” 

21st Century Coffee: A Guide


“Nobody writing about coffee today does it with greater clarity and authority than Ken.”

_Dr. Peter Baker, scientist and writer, UK


Recent report articles from Kenneth Davids on CoffeeReview.com


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