Here are some personally recommended books and coffee equipment for the home enthusiast.
Coffee Web Sites
www.ico.org. The International Coffee Organization. Good information on prices, coffee history and contextual information about the coffee business.
http://www.coffeehabitat.com This web site has some good information on earth friendly coffee cultivation. I am looking into this and whether it is cost effective for me to obtain these certifications. I think I meet these standards and some. I have vastly more canopy and shade trees + varieties of trees and other plants than other farms I have walked or seen. Part of this is that I combine my coffee growing with my gardening horticultural hobby. Having a lot of shade trees actually reduces your coffee production yield which is why most have only a little shade from trees and most from clouds.
http://scap-panama.com. Some pictures from the Best of Panama 2011, the highlight of the coffee social calendar in this small town.
www.sweetmarias.com Sweet Maria's supply green beans for home roasting and are a good resource for information on home roasting. They also have a section on Panama coffees.
Roasting, Brewing and Tasting your Coffee
http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualthinkmap/2741624371/ This is lovely visual of a coffee tasting wheel, showing the spectrum of aromas and tastes.
www.inmymug.com A superb weekly coffee tasting show covering tastings of more than a hundred coffees from around the world.
Roast Magazine - I am not providing a link. This is a magazine you need a subscription for but if you are really into specialty roasting then it is a great resource.
www.gourmetcoffeelovers.com A nice easy guide to quality. Quality re. global variatals; Quality throughout the process to arrive at the roasted bean; Quality methods for making great coffee.
http://www.gourmetcoffeelovers.com/dictionary-of-gourmet-coffee-tasting/ Wonderful notes for how to use the right tasting terminology. Actually, we taste from our experiences mostly of smell. We draw on our own life experiences. That said, to be able to speak the buzz words of tasting will help you compare notes.
hhttp://www.home-barista.com/ttp://www.zecuppa.com/coffeeterms-cupping-tasting.htm Another coffee tasting guide, more graphic.
http://www.home-barista.com/ Guide to all things Espresso
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/travel-tips-and-articles/2306 Where to drink great coffee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7OEGkbYn_w&feature=channel_video_title Who does not like a really good creamy latte every now and again. Its a lot about the milk and frothing!