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  • The Physics of Filter Coffee by astrophysicist Jonathan Gagné is perhaps the most significant book ever written on the science of coffee brewing. In the book Jonathan discusses the physics of percolation, extraction, and grinding, as well as water chemistry. He takes the reader down such rabbit holes as pouring-kettle design, optimizing turbulence while pouring, the impact of fines on percolation, the physics of paper filters, and the geometry of various brewers. He also presents some original ideas about coffee brewing and backs it all up with reams of facts and data.

    The most wonderful thing about The Physics of Filter Coffee is not the impressive depth of the science, but the practical lessons Jonathan draws from the science. Unlike, say, Illy's Espresso: the Science of Quality, an impressive treatise on the science of espresso, The Physics of Filter Coffee offers an abundance of practical recommendations derived from science, data, and experimentation. Any barista who reads this book will immediately have new tools to make better coffee.

    • Author: Jonathan Gagné
    • Editor: Jean Zimmer
    • Contributor: Rebecca Neimark
    • Publisher: Scott Rao Coffee Books, 2021
    • ISBN: 0-578-24608-2

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Customer Reviews

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Johnny W. (Montreal, CA)
A Deep Dive into Pourovers

Perhaps the best deep dive into pourovers! Well written and illustrated! Very technical at times but this could be good or bad depending on who you are! A must have for any die hard pourover geeks!

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H.B. (Surrey, CA)
Nice Book

Many visuals / diagrams / graphics / drawings. A great actual "Coffee table" coffee book.
A pleasure to pick up and read in snippets whenever interested.
It's not a book I would sit and read for hours, Just pieces at a time as I improve my brewing technique.
Recommended purchase.

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Hugh B. (Vancouver, CA)
A fantastic book

So many visuals / diagrams / graphics / drawings.
A great actual "Coffee table" coffee book.
A pleasure to pick up and read in snippets whenever interested.
It's not a book I would sit and read for hours, Just pieces at a time as I improve my brewing technique.
Recommended purchase.

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J. (Calgary, CA)
Heavy read

If you are a scientific kind of guy, this is a book for you! Lots of technical stuff in there. It could also be an casual read if you just want to know a certain topic in depth. either way, if you are a coffee enthusiast, this is a great book to have in your book shelf!

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Marc (Montreal, CA)
Excellent!

Accessibly written, useful and fascinating — I’m an amateur but I’ve no doubt it would be useful for any barista.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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Johnny W. (Montreal, CA)
A Deep Dive into Pourovers

Perhaps the best deep dive into pourovers! Well written and illustrated! Very technical at times but this could be good or bad depending on who you are! A must have for any die hard pourover geeks!

H
H.B. (Surrey, CA)
Nice Book

Many visuals / diagrams / graphics / drawings. A great actual "Coffee table" coffee book.
A pleasure to pick up and read in snippets whenever interested.
It's not a book I would sit and read for hours, Just pieces at a time as I improve my brewing technique.
Recommended purchase.

H
Hugh B. (Vancouver, CA)
A fantastic book

So many visuals / diagrams / graphics / drawings.
A great actual "Coffee table" coffee book.
A pleasure to pick up and read in snippets whenever interested.
It's not a book I would sit and read for hours, Just pieces at a time as I improve my brewing technique.
Recommended purchase.

J
J. (Calgary, CA)
Heavy read

If you are a scientific kind of guy, this is a book for you! Lots of technical stuff in there. It could also be an casual read if you just want to know a certain topic in depth. either way, if you are a coffee enthusiast, this is a great book to have in your book shelf!

M
Marc (Montreal, CA)
Excellent!

Accessibly written, useful and fascinating — I’m an amateur but I’ve no doubt it would be useful for any barista.

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