The Philosophy of Coffee

The Philosophy Of Coffee by Brian Williams plus cup of coffee

The Philosophy of Coffee – it’s a intriguing title, it caught my eye after all, but if truth be told this book covers the history not the philosophy of coffee.

Having said that, it’s a great little book that gives a fascinating insight into coffee’s journey from Ethiopia via Yemen, London, Italy and America to become the global phenomenon it is today.

I was surprised to learn, for example, that espresso machines were originally created simply to allow coffee shops to sell more coffee, more quickly; yet now the majority of coffees sold are espresso based.

On the subject of espresso, I think my one-line Twitter review sums the book up perfectly: “the book is like a good espresso – short, sharp and with great depth of flavour”

one line book review on Twitter

Brian also writes a great blog detailing coffee shops around the UK and beyond – a very handy resource.