Coffee Roasting: Best Practices is the culmination of Scott's 25 years roasting and consulting. It's the most advanced guide ever written about expert-level coffee roasting. There is little overlap with The Coffee Roaster's Companion, which focused on the basics of roasting and different roasting machines. CR:BP focuses solely on advanced techniques to craft and control roast curves, with numerous pages devoted to strategies to avoid "ROR" crashes and flicks, baked coffee, unnecessary roasty-ness, and other roast defects. This book sets the standard for third-wave coffee roasting methodology.
The Coffee Roaster's Companion is the world's first professional-level how-to book about coffee roasting. Scott Rao has been a roaster for over two decades and has consulted for hundreds of the world's finest roasters, using over 250 roasting machines in his career. Scott has put his expertise into this book to help educate roasters everywhere. No serious coffee roaster should go without this book.
From Scott Rao: "When I began in the coffee business in 1993, I had read every book I could find about coffee. After reading all of those books, however, I felt as if I hadn't learned much about how to make great coffee. My coffee library was chock-full of colorful descriptions of brewing styles, growing regions, and recipes, with a few almost-unreadable scientific books mixed in. I would have traded in all of those books for one serious, practical book with relevant instruction about making great coffee in a café. After being in the coffee business for 15 years, I decided someone needed to write that book, so I wrote The Professional Barista’s Handbook.