Author(s): Jeremy Torz & Steven Macatonia
Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day and more and more people are turning to good quality, fair trade coffee (premiumisation); evident by the number of independent coffee shops opening up in towns and cities as well as the number of us playing home barista as the choice of specialist beans and professional coffee-making gadgets grows. Real Fresh Coffee is the indispensable guide for those who want to understand more about how to source and brew quality coffee so that you can choose your beans and make your perfect cup of fresh coffee with confidence. The book follows the chain from farming, processing, grading, shipping, roasting and brewing; teach you the full range of coffee styles available in modern coffee shops and how to recreate good quality coffee at home; learn to identify regional and varietal differences; and how to make signature drinks.
Gwilym Davies won the World Barista Championship in 2009. In 2011 he opened Prufrock, a proper cafe and training center in London which won the Best Independent Coffee Shop at the 2012 European Coffee Awards. Gwilym now spends most of his time passing on what he has learned around the world and at his training center in Prague. He is currently Representative and Head Judge for the WCE (World Coffee Events) and an Authorised Trainer for SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe). Ben Townsend has been in the speciality coffee industry for 10 years. In 2009 he opened the Espresso Room, one of the first of the new wave of speciality coffee shops in London and it was awarded best coffee in London by "Time Out" magazine. He has worked as a trainer at London School of Coffee for eight years. In 2007 he co-developed the City and Guilds Barista VRQ the UK s first accredited coffee qualification. In 2013 he was a contributor to the SCAE Barista Diploma System and he currently acts as Coordinator for the SCAE UK Education Chapter."