Thank you for the interest in our work.
It has taken quite a long time to get this book to print (nearly 2 years). The book has had input from many designers, so it looks good. It has been peer-reviewed by other scientists, so it is pretty serious. It has also been proofed by many non-scientists, so it reads well.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it, but also learn a lot from it. I am more proud of this than I am of my own PhD thesis.
With regards to the formats it is available in, we elected, in the end, to go for a printed version only. There are many reasons for this but the most pertinent being that:
i) the book looks and reads much better as a real life book.
ii) the people who read this book will value it as an educational object.
iii) I did not want any digital imagery of our 'money shot figures' available for download because we don't have a legal team strong enough to chase things down.
I realise that it is quite expensive for a book that on face value is about coffee and water. I hope that upon reading it, you will realise that this is way more than that. I would like to think that we've written it with an assumed base knowledge of nothing, and by the end you should be at least as capable as a 1st year university student. It is for the enthusiast, the barista, the roaster and the curious.
From Maxwell and I, thank you again for the interest in our work. I am excited to be able to teach chemistry to such a broad audience.
C. H. Hendon
Department of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology