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From Bean to BrewA History of Coffee and Coffeehouses. Second Edition, 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0-9658380-9-2 (ISBN-10: 0-9658380-9-9), 76 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", illustrated, trade paperback, $7.95 (Note: New expanded 118-page edition coming soon!)

Gary Michael Smith

The research in this book spans a decade and explores the growth and  popularity of coffee from 800 A.D. to the present, from Yemen to the United States. Historic coffee-making practices and equipment are examined, as is the evolution of coffeehouses from 17th century Oxford, England to contemporary New Orleans, USA. From Bean to Brew also investigates the creation and expansion of New Orleans as a major shipping port for coffee imports as well as the city’s progression to the status of the world’s largest bulk coffee handler. Also included are 16 illustrations by four artists as well as links to such professional associations as:

·        Green Coffee Association, Inc.

·        International Coffee Organization

·        National Coffee Association of America

·        Organic Coffee Association

as well as trade publications to include:

·        Café Magazine

·        Coffee Review

This new second edition contains artwork by numerous artists as well as updated information and a new section on tipping. Read an article (66KB) excerpt.



Part 1 – A History Lesson


The Role of Coffeehouses

The History of Coffee

The History of Coffeehouses

Early Opposition

Early Coffee Making

Early Coffeehouses of New Orleans


Part 2 – Roasting, Grinding, Brewing, and Storing


Roasting for Freshness

Grinding and Brewing



Part 3 – Drinking and Enjoying


Categories and Flavors

Coffee Drinks

The Coffee Market


Proliferation of Coffeehouses

Saturation Immunity?

Tipping for Coffee

Third Places





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