Espresso coffee is now a global obsession for millions of people. This definitive book on espresso has been almost 30 years in the making. After getting involved in the specialty coffee industry almost by accident in the early 1980's espresso has become a lifelong passion for the author, Instaurator. The Espresso Quest is not just another text book; it is an intimate revelation about the ongoing struggle of taming the seemingly infinite complexity that goes into making a great espresso coffee.
The Espresso Quest is an exciting tale of an espresso lover's quest to find the pure joy experienced in a perfectly prepared cup of espresso coffee. In the Espresso Quest, Instaurator weaves in tales of how he became enlightened to that perfect espresso, and how his journeys - and people he met along the way - helped him realize that espresso is not something that can be prepared by following a set of rules. Instead it requires passion of the grower, roasters and barista - to ensure the coffee bean is brought to its purist state.
Join Instaurator as he dives into the intricacies of growing, processing and brewing espresso, revealing how each are necessary to understand if that perfect little cup is to find a place in your heart. Throughout the book he shares memories of his first true perfect espresso, then takes the reader on his journey to seek that sublime taste time and again. Along the road, he recounts his observations, discussions and first-hand experiences in the world of espresso coffee. Through it all, Instaurator emphasizes "Let taste be your guide". His quest is sure to incite many more passionate discussions about how to best experience that ultimate espresso.
The Espresso Quest is one man's journey to find the smooth, rich and complex flavor of a flawlessly prepared espresso. Whether you're a fan of a perfectly poured espresso, or have yet to acquire a taste for one, you'll be sure to have an espresso epiphany after reading Instaurator's book.
- Laura Everage, former Managing Editor of The Gourmet Retailer USA