September 03, 2021 3 min read

Some call it “Il Farniente” others call it “the art of doing nothing”, but the truth is that most Italians believe in setting some time aside in their daily schedules to relax, recuperate and recharge.

To try this art of doing nothing, you might want to take a moment to simply get lost in your thoughts (that would make you true practitioners of Il Farniente) or use this treasured time of the day to dive into an interesting book with a steaming cup of coffee in hand, of course.

As we have recently updated our online store to add a series of books dedicated to the art of making and loving coffee, we thought coffee aficionados out there would love to use their own relaxation time to check out our top coffee reads.


Coffee Style by Horst A. Friedrichs

Available in English only.

Beautifully illustrated, this book captures the lifestyle of coffee creators and aficionados, as seen through the lens of acclaimed photographer Horst A. Friedrichs. For some, coffee is a means of getting through the morning. For others, it is a way of life. Fascinated by artisanal coffee culture, celebrated photographer Horst A. Friedrichs turns his lens toward every aspect of coffee—from beans to espresso machines, and from baristas to consumers. Stepping inside the world’s best coffee shops, Friedrichs shows just how sophisticated the practice of making coffee has become. 


Passion café by Anette Moldvaer

Available in French only.

Learn how to make coffee like a barista with Passion Café, the most comprehensive, knowledgeable coffee guide available. Discover coffee from bean to cup through the largest producing countries, including Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia and Brazil. With step-by-step techniques, over 100 recipes and tasting notes, this book is for coffee enthusiasts who want to make cappuccinos, lattes and many other authentic recipes ... in the comfort of their own home.


The Little Coffee Know-It-All by Shawn Steiman

Available in English only.

So you think you know your coffee? Consider this book your advanced degree in all things java. You may think you know the how and why of roasting and brewing, but you nerds know nothing yet. This goes even further into everyone's favorite beverage. With even deeper history, techniques, science, and tasting guides than some of the other guides, you're going to obsess over this book for the ultimate coffee lover.  

The Little Coffee Know-It-All is not for the faint of heart.


Les vertus du café by Viriginie Saliceti Vartanian

Available in French only.

Coffee is the second most consumed drink in the world, after water. Today, many studies have shown that coffee, consumed moderately, has a multitude of benefits for our body due to its high nutritional value. Yet many people still believe that coffee is harmful to our health. Through this book, you will be surprised to discover the many benefits it can bring us. Thanks to this guide, discover: - Its action in the prevention of neurological diseases; - Its role in protecting the liver; - Its role in our well-being. As a bonus, culinary recipes and beauty tips!


The New Rules of Coffee by Jordan Michelman & Zachary Carlsen

Available in English only.

An illustrated guide to the essential rules for enjoying coffee both at home and in cafes, including tips on storing and serving coffee, coffee growing, roasting and brewing, plus facts, lore, and popular culture from around the globe.


Stuff Every Coffee Lover Should Know by Candace Rose Rardon

Available in English only.

Within the pages of this guide, coffee lovers of all levels will find useful information, helpful how-tos, and fascinating trivia about their beloved beverage. This pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for coffee connoisseurs.


The Healing Powers of Coffee by Cal Orey

Available in English only. 

Percolating with information about the world's favorite "new" health food, as well as interviews with medical doctors, researchers, and coffee roasters, this intriguing book (with a jolt of past and present coffee culture) reveals coffee types and blends, and flavored varieties (both regular and decaf), like chocolate, fruits, nuts, and spices. Discover why this potent elixir has gone from vice to virtue and how to incorporate coffee in Mediterranean-style, healthful recipes like Cappuccino Biscotti, Thai Coffee Spice Chicken Sates, Coffee Cheesecake and Maple Espresso Pudding (plus DIY espresso drinks). Also included are more than 50 home cures that fight seasonal affective disorder to fatigue, plus beauty and anti-aging treatments, and eco-friendly household uses--all made with coffee's magical beans!