Coffee may refer to either the beverage (which has a dark, acidic flavor and is prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant), the bean of the coffee plant, or the flavor when used in other dishes. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or ...

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Best Office Coffee Solution

What is the best coffee solution for a small office (about 10 people)? We are looking for something that is: Tasty Fast Easy We have fairly discriminating taste, although it doesn't have to be ...
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How to make good coffee in a Moka pot?

I have a Bialetti Moka pot, which I used to make coffee on weekends. I have had it for a few months, but recently I am starting to notice the coffee is coming out sour and bitter. I am guessing I am ...
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French-press coffee has a powdery taste

I recently ordered a French press (Bodum Kenya) and a ceramic conical burr grinder. I've tried this with two different decaf blends from Vermont Coffee Company, one which I ground at the store four ...
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Are N2O and CO2 chargers interchangeable for culinary purposes?

Cream whippers seem to use N2O chargers. Soda siphons seem to use CO2 chargers. But both chargers appear to be physically identical. The MyPressi espresso device, which uses chargers to force water ...
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How long is the life of a shot of espresso?

When pulling a shot of espresso, how long is its life before it is too bitter? I know this might change by the bean, but what is a rough estimate? I was doing some coffee tasting and some of the ...
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At what stage shall I add whisky for Irish coffee?

When preparing Irish coffee in a saucepan (caramelizing sugar&coffee, then adding water); Should I add the whisky while coffee is still being heated in the saucepan or after putting the coffee ...
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How do I create spherical coffee?

As a Barista, I have been playing around with different coffee flavours and creations. Now I have been thinking of also adding textural elements in the coffee. I was hoping somebody could give me a ...
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Why don't we make coffee in the same way we make tea?

In tea, also there is tea powder, which we use. In coffee also, there is coffee powder. Why don't we make coffee in exactly the same way we make tea?
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Finding the Right Coffee Grind

I just purchased a burr grinder to use with a chorreador coffee maker. A chorreador is functionally similar to a pour over, but the cloth filter will likely have different characteristics. I've read ...
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Does this picture accurately describe different kind of coffee?

In many place like blogs, facebook I have seen the following picture describing different types of coffee. Is it accurate? Also one thing I do don't understand is how espresso is coming on top of ...
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What are the pros and cons of coarse and fine coffee ground?

Coffee can be bought either as whole beans or as coarsely or finely grounded coffee. What are the pros and cons of the coarse and fine coffee ground? Are there different applications for coarsely and ...
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When making french press coffee, what is the purpose of blooming the grounds?

When making french press coffee, you are often instructed to "bloom" the grounds by adding a small quantity of boiling water, stirring the grounds into a slurry, and then adding the rest of the water. ...
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What is the definition of a cup of coffee

My wife and I had a discussion in regards of my consumption of coffee during office hours. Health gurus always talk about a maximum amount of coffee during a day - measured in cups! But what is the ...
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What to do with old coffee beans?

I have several bags of quality coffee beans brought from Costa Rica. Their best before date is over a year ago. I just grinded and made a pot of coffee of them, and although it was drinkable, taste ...
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How to make a cappuccino not overflow?

I am a waiter at a coffee shop and quite often I have guests that order cappuccino. As you knew, the milk foam of cappuccino looks very unstable and tends to overflow. Not to mention I have to bring ...
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How do I prepare arabic coffee in a stone Dallah?

I purchased a lovely stone Dallah from Jordan. . The first and obvious question is: is it safe to prepare coffee in? However, once that question is answered, the pot certainly looks functional. ...
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What is a pressurized filter, and should I use it for my espresso?

I've just started out really using my Gaggia Classic espresso machine, and so far I've been pretty satisfied with my results – but I'm no expert. Yesterday, I lost the black plastic thing that goes ...
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Estimating sugar & cream for a coffee service

I'm helping to organize a workshop, and we're planning on providing coffee ... but not being in the catering business (nor a coffee drinker), I really have no idea how to estimate these things. I ...
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What happens when I store coffee in the refrigerator?

Since I am the only coffee drinker in the house, I started making coffee a quart at a time and saving it in a mason jar in the fridge. I discovered this interesting thing. Starting with about the 3rd ...
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How can I make coffee with a minimum of equipment and maintenance?

My household doesn't regularly drink coffee, but we occasionally want to provide coffee for our guests, or need to use coffee as an ingredient in other dishes. We do have a coffee maker (a "free" ...
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Instant coffee with only milk?

I like milk. So I thought of doing milk with instant coffee. I mean, I have coffee here but it says I should use water. I always use it with water and put a little bit milk. Can I also use only milk ...
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Differences between coffee made with french press or espresso machine?

I've liked coffee for years and I'm thinking on buying a espresso machine. Before that, I want to know why the coffee seems more tasty when it is done that way than with a french press or a drip ...
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What is the difference between French-pressed and Turkish coffee?

The taste and preparation of French-pressed and Turkish coffees are highly different, but I think they are both the same kind of coffee, named coffee Arabica. Turkish coffee has smaller grains and ...
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My dad used my tea brewer with coffee and now the plastic makes my tea taste like coffee. Bleach?

How can I get the coffee taste out of the plastic in my tea brewer. Its all plastic. Will bleach ruin it?
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Do coffee and tea need to be agitated while brewing?

Do they need to be agitated in order to let the solution come into contact with every little particle of coffee/tea, or does it work the same without agitation? If not, can you explain why with ...
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How to improve the taste of sour coffee beans?

I was given a few packs of grain coffee. The smell was pretty nice and it was written that it's 100% arabica. That encouraged me to grind some and brew it in moka pot. The result I got was not ...
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What does the “bold” setting on my Cuisinart coffee maker do?

I recently bought a Cuisinart coffee maker. It has a button to switch between "regular" and "bold" when brewing. I have no idea what this actually does. I thought that usually bold coffee came from ...
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“Screaming” noise while steaming milk?

When steaming milk (for a latte or other coffee drink), it sometimes produces a loud, high-pitched "screaming" sound. I think you can usually prevent it by keeping the tip of the steaming wand on the ...
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can a person taste the difference between coffee that has been ground 8 hours prior to brew vs 12 hours prior to brew?

I have read the other threads and understand that the fresher the bean the better. Also that the closer to brew the better. This question directly relates to the use of a morning cup that is brewed ...
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Cleaning burr coffee grinder

I have a medium-end, drop-through burr espresso coffee grinder (a Solis Maestro Plus). I haven't cleaned it since I first bought it, and I thought it was about time. Both the plastic bean funnel and ...
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Why is salt sometimes added to straight coffee?

Sometimes a pinch of salt is added to a cup of coffee - but why? Is this only done for low-quality or mediocre coffee? When is the best time during the coffee-making process to do this?
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Flavour espresso with vanilla without adding sugar or other sweetener?

I've always thought that vanilla and espresso would be a good combination but the problem is: I don't take sugar! I understand one can buy coffee flavoured beans but how would I get the vanilla ...
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Why is my espresso salty?

We've got a fancy espresso machine in our office kitchen. (It's apparently the kind they used to use at Starbucks stores before they switched over to a more automated "point-and-click" type system.) I ...
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Why does making instant coffee in the microwave taste burnt?

First off, I did see this question about reheating the coffee in a microwave oven, but the answer merely suggested that stale coffee tastes bad irrespective of the microwave. I make instant coffee a ...
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What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe?

I have a recipe for a chocolate buttermilk cake. It's not constructed like most cakes, but it's always turned out OK. I've always wondered what does the coffee in the recipe do? Is the coffee ...
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Does milk matter to achieve the perfect latte?

Does milk matter to achieve the perfect latte? Milk is an important ingredient of every espresso latte. Even though I believe coffee bean is the most important ingredient, most people put emphasis ...
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What is the shelf life of unground coffee beans?

I love coffee, in many of its forms, and have recently started playing around with grinding my own, brewing it and so on. When I grind beans, I usually use a specific amount by weight, and go from ...
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What makes the 'Cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) flavour worth drinking?

I'm actually on the hunt for this coffee in Melbourne, being it's such a coffee-oriented city: Where can I buy a cup of 'cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) in Melbourne?, but while discussing it in the ...
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Cold Brewing coffee - does it use more beans?

Our Percolator is about to break down and we're in the midst of making a decision about our next coffee solution: a universal percolator a new percolator a keurig (with our own coffee) cold brew. ...
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How to prepare smaller amount of coffee than nominal in Moka pot

I have a 6 cup Moka pot (about 250-300 ml) but I want to prepare a single cup of coffee just for myself. How should I reduce its load - reduce amount of coffee beans and amount of water or reduce only ...
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Instant espresso powder substitutions?

Many recipes for chocolate baked goods call for instant espresso powder. I rarely bake, but I always have coffee in the house. What might I use as a rule of thumb for substituting for instant espresso ...
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Why does instant coffee have less caffeine?

I had gone completely cold-turkey on caffeine for a while due to anxiety issues, and I'm slowly reintroducing caffeine to my diet. I have read in many places that freeze-dried instant coffee has less ...
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What's the chemical difference between normal coffee beans and Kopi Luwak?

Is there any actual difference in the chemistry or components of a Kopi Luwak coffee bean, and a more traditional coffee bean? If so, what are those differences?
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What is the the best coffee-water ratio? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the Ideal Coffee to Water Ratio for a French Press? In terms of weight, what is a recommended relation between coffee and the water, when I'm making coffee in ...
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Make espresso in office kitchen- just have a kettle and microwave?

I'd like to make espressos for lattes in my offices. However we don't have a stove or coffee maker -- just a kettle and a microwave, and that's about it. Is it possible to make a decent espresso ...
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What's the difference between latte, mocha, and all the other drinks on a coffee-house menu?

There are many different coffee-based drinks on an average coffee-house menu. But what makes them different from each other? What are the differences / distinguishing characteristics between: latte, ...
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Cleaning a clogged espresso machine Portafilter

Can anyone recommend a method for cleaning the clogged holes in a "Basket" of an espresso machine Portafilter? I had this problem with both DeLonghi and Saeco home espresso machines. For example, in ...
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How can I make a homemade latte taste like a restaurant one?

At the moment I prepare lattes at home as follows: 1/3 cup water + 1T ground coffee in Krups espresso machine (looks a bit like this one) 2/3 cup microwave-heated milk (the milk steamer on the ...
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Unroasted coffee beans in the pantry, several years old: roast, toss, or other use?

I just discovered a bag with about 100g of unroasted coffee beans in my pantry. I know they are at least four years old, and maybe 10 years. They've been in room temperature, dry storage the whole ...
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What does the Cinnamon in my coffee turn into?

I few years ago I put Cinnamon in my coffee. After a few hours (I'm a slow coffee drinker) I started to take my last sip and a big clump of mucus hit my tongue and I almost puked. After recovering, ...