Cover of book The Physics of Coffee by Jonathan Gagne.
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The Physics of Filter Coffee

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The Physics of Filter Coffee by Jonathan Gagné discusses such topics as; percolation, extraction, grinding, water chemistry, kettle design, the impact of fines on percolation, paper filters, and brewer geometry. Full of practical tips for baristas and home brewers, readers will learn new ways to make better coffee.



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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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Patrick R. (British Columbia, Canada)
Perfect book for a coffee nerd

A ton of really interesting, useful information… I can already taste how much better my coffee will be by the time I’m done reading this!

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J.B. (New Brunswick, Canada)
Extremely interesting!

A very dense book on pourovers, and the technicalities of brewing a nice cup of coffee.
He is decently concise and elucidates incredibly well so I never felt too confused. I enjoy that he indulges me with how he found his information and how I may replicate it if I so decided to do son with even cost efficient ways to do so.
While some of his advice I will have to wait before I find myself really going into, mostly those on water, I found its really made me consider the whys when it came to all of my actions in a pourover. I feel more in the know when I am doing a coffee.

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Eric (Alberta, Canada)
I'll keep it after I read it!

Look - it's interesting. I really want to love it, but parts of it read a bit too much like a blog (which makes sense). It's the first coffee book I've really sat down with, and I didn't know what to expect in the first place, but it's enjoyable enough for someone with a penchant for things science-y. Five stars are given because I appreciate the author's work and this site's role in facilitating my learning about coffee.

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Johnny W. (Quebec, Canada)
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. (British Columbia, Canada)
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. (British Columbia, Canada)
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. (Alberta, Canada)
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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