I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks Reviews

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  1. 51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great at home resource for the coffee afficianado, April 13, 2008
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    Deb Nam-Krane “dnkboston” (Boston, MA United States) –
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    This review is from: I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks (Paperback)
    I work part-time as a barista, and I picked up this book to get some ideas for flavor combinations that we could introduce into our cafe. Certainly, this book has tons, featuring unusual flavor combinations- think chocolate/orange/hazelnut- and also holiday ideas (eggnog for Christmas, creme de Menthe for St. Patrick’s etc.) as well as the classics. Even more importantly, it gives you the know-how to make your favorite latte combinations at home. As odd as it may seem, one of my favorite things to do at work is to steam milk- I love the look and feel of the foam. Zimmer explains how to do that almost perfectly using a pan, a whisk or handheld mixer and your stovetop. (Sadly, this doesn’t work as well for me with soymilk, but with practice I’m sure I’ll get it.) She also explained how to do a stovetop espresso with the classic Bialetti espresso maker. Since it retails for about $35, that’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a souped up espresso machine and would almost definitely pay for itself after about ten lattes; you may never need to go to your local cafe again.

    However, I disagreed with her instructions for many of the flavored lattes and mochas. She advises pouring in the milk first and then the syrups and espressos; I find the flavor is distributed better if the shot and syrup are in first and then followed by the milk. But that’s probably more a matter of preference than anything else- your results may differ.

    This is also a comprehensive reference for beans and roasting, and she even gives instructions for roasting your own beans at home. Seriously, she leaves the reader pretty much no excuse not to have the best cafe-level coffee in your own home.

    Highly recommended.

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  2. 35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Espresso Yourself!, April 16, 2007
    By 
    Robin Jay “Writer/Producer” (Las Vegas, NV) –
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    This review is from: I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks (Paperback)
    Susan Zimmer takes coffee seriously – make no beans about it! Her humor comes through in this amazing book that not only offers super-duper, impressive recipes for all kinds of coffee drinks (hot, cold, w/liquor, caf & decaf!), but she also shares her vast knowledge on all other aspects of this addictive brew.

    I own one of her earlier works, “Cappuccino Cocktails & Espresso Martinis,” but in her new book, she really hits her stride. It is small and colorful and packed with everything you need to know about our latest obsession. As “The Queen of the Business Lunch,” (I am the author of “The Art of the Business Lunch), I need to be in the know about everything relating to fine dining, entertaining and taking care of guests. The Art of the Business Lunch: Building Relationships Between 12 And 2

    I entertain a LOT at my home. I was so inspired by Susan’s book that I decided to host a Sunday Brunch just so I could get creative and offer my guests some of her suggested drinks. What a hit!

    I used coffee as the theme and sprinkled beans on every serving dish. I knew more about coffee than any of my guests after reading “I LOVE COFFEE” and everyone seemed to delight in learning little tidbits of information. We did taste tests and made several of the recipes. Every single one was a winner. Then we got into the coffee martinis. We had a blast. I put out a tray with various sugars, whipped cream, chocolate covered beans, cinnamon sticks and other garnishes. I never knew coffee could be so much fun.

    This book also makes a great gift. We played a few games and I gave away a copy as the grand prize. I got rave reviews from my clients who came to brunch. They were all impressed with the theme and all of the treats. I think everyone who loves to cook or entertain should have a copy of Susan’s book and read it from cover to cover. I can’t rave enough about her wit, her humor and her knowledge. This is an excellent book!

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  3. 24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I do love coffee…, October 23, 2011
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    Kiley Kuchler
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    This review is from: I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks (Paperback)
    Just not this book. I bought this hoping to find real recipes inside that I could create at home. Everything used some sort of flavored syrup, which other than the basic vanilla or carmel, must be bought online or in a specialty shop. This makes the drinks too expensive and time consuming to make at home.
    I do however think a lot of creativity was put into creating these drinks, but feel the “recipes” would be better suited to coffee shops and vendors.
    In the beginning of the book she does explain different methods for making coffee and espresso. Helpful for the novice, but unless you have an unnaturally large variety of flavored syrups on hand, you’re better off without this book.

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