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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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If you need to keep ground coffee for a long time, will keeping it in the freezer help?

Ok, so yes - the best way to keep your coffee fresh is to just buy fresh coffee regularly, and not use it two weeks after the roasting date. However, some people don't drink a lot of a coffee (or don'...
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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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How does the addition of Chicory affect coffee?

Chicory is a common additive in Indian Coffee. A quick search in wikipedia reveals that it is usually 20-30% in coffee powder. Can coffee be made solely out of chicory? Does the chicory root contain ...
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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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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 are dark roast beans usually used for espresso?

Do other roasts not taste good if they're made in an espresso machine?
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Substituting almond milk for regular milk in coffee without bitterness

I've tasted my local coffee shop's specialty coffee in which they substitute homemade almond milk for regular milk, and it tastes creamy and smooth. No bitterness. When I try to recreate this with ...
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What is the benefit to using a paper filter in a moka pot?

I saw a picture of this method being used in a magazine from Hong Kong. A cafe gave a short description of brewing with a moka pot. They placed a small, circular, paper filter on top of the ground ...
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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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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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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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RPM for milk frothing?

So I had one of those American capitalist/consumer moments where I would have liked to have a milk frother handy. But I just can't bring myself to buy such a frivolous single-use additional material ...
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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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What is the ideal grind for making espresso?

I know that there is no "ideal" grind for making espresso (or rather, like most things, it depends on the machine and the tastes of the drinker), but I am looking for guidelines as to how different ...
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What makes coffee grinds sink in a french press?

We use a press pot to make coffee at home, and usually after a 3 minute steep, the grounds are floating at the top, but with this one bag of beans we got, they're all sunk to the bottom. The coffee ...
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How should I make jam out of coffee cherries or coffee cherry husks?

I would like to make a jam (or perhaps more like a preserve/conserve or even marmalade; see this question for distinction) out of either the entire, whole coffee cherry (a.k.a. coffee berry; beans ...
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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 a ...
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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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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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How do I make a pot of coffee on a bbq grill?

I am going camping and love to drink coffee. How do I make a pot of coffee on a campstove bbq grill? I am a klutz. I think you can boil water in a pan once you light the fire but what do you use as a ...
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Lifetime of French press filter

I'm thinking about buying a French press for making coffee. I'm just not sure what is the lifetime of the filter? Can I use it for years or do I have to get a new filter from time to time?
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What kind of coffee grinder is best?

I need to get a coffee grinder. What kind is best? I have heard that burr mills are better; are they worth the extra cost? Which ones last longer? Update: I ended up getting a Hario hand grinder.
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Why does my coffee sometimes taste sour?

I typically drink light roast single origin coffees from a third wave coffee roaster. I'm brewing with either plunger/french press, or swiss gold filter. Often with the french press, the coffee ...
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What features should I look for when buying an espresso maker?

I got a $30 espresso machine a year and half ago to see if we would actually use it much. It gets used several times a week (and we haven't bought anything from Starbucks in months), and the gasket in ...
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Can cold-brew coffee be heated? Why?

Apparently keeping coffee hot and reheating it both lead to bad flavors: How can I reheat coffee without imparting bad flavor? Why does coffee taste awful after reheating it in a microwave oven? ...
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Can a loose leaf tea basket be used for steeping/brewing coffee?

Is it possible to brew a good cup of coffee by steeping freshly ground coffee in a tea basket? Would the time amount be the same as for a french press (4 minutes)? It seems like it would technically ...
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What special knowledge or skills about coffee do baristas have?

What special knowledge, training or qualifications do baristas receive that make them more expert on coffee than any other front line food service worker or interested home coffee consumer? I don't ...
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How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?

I was gifted several bags of great coffee beans, which I won't be able to use all at once. If I store them in the freezer, how long will they last without losing flavor? I know some have noted that ...
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How can I get my Starbucks coffee to taste like the Starbucks store?

I use Starbucks coffee they sell in bags. I have used both whole beans and ground. I've bought bags from the grocery, bags from the actual Starbucks store. I've tried many different brewers. But it ...
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Grind coffee with a blade grinder for a moka pot?

I'm thinking about buying a moka pot. I have a blade grinder. Will a blade grinder grind coffee beans fine enough for a moka pot? I can't really afford an expensive grinder and I don't want to use ...
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half-life of caffeine molecules

I am interested in the caffeine content in various coffees. Will day-old coffee have much less caffeine? I am refering to espresso drinks such as the Starbucks Americano or the drip coffees also ...
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Can coffee beans be roasted in an airfryer

Having recently invested in an airfryer, I was wondering if it would be suitable for roasting coffee beans? The model I have is this one and goes up to 200C. Has anyone attempted this with any ...
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extracting banana flavour for an iced coffee

Now that the sun has started to shine in the frozen north I can start thinking on using my espresso machine for some cold drinks. I was thinking of a banana iced coffee. But I would like a more ...
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Is it normal that my coffee grinder leaves a huge mess all over the counter?

So I have an old blade grinder, which seems to work well enough for me, except in one respect: The coffee grinds fall out of the bottom of the grinder. Now this is a cheapo grinder that I got as a ...
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Can I descale/decalcify my coffee machine without a special product?

I have a capsule espresso machine. The company sells a special decalcification kit. However, I think that it only contains a citric acid and nothing more, yet it is quite expensive. The question is ...
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How do I mimic trader Joe's (dark) Chocolate covered Espresso Beans?

I'm trying to mimic the thick, rich, dark chocolate covered espresso beans made by Trader Joes. These sweet morsels have a thick chocolate coating that easily gives in when bitten. The beans inside ...
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Are there visual differences between regular and decaf coffee?

I once asked a waiter at a restaurant how he managed not to mix up cups of regular and decaf coffee when bringing them to various tables. He replied that he could tell by looking at the bubbles – in ...
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Domestic, fresh taste-alike for an Italian coffee

My wife is from Italy, and she got me hooked on this absolutely gorgeous coffee called Lavazza Qualita Oro. I love it, but unfortunately getting a fresh bag here in the United States is really hit or ...
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Cayenne Latte drink - how to make at home?

I used to go to a coffee shop ( in a different state) where they made a cayenne pepper epsresso drink. It was a great drink strong cofee flavor with a kick of cayenne. The barrista mentioned that ...
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Similar flavors to caffeine?

My wife and I enjoy drip coffee, french pressed coffee, espresso, black tea, green tea, and just about anything caffeinated. However, my wife wants to avoid caffeine due to its physiological effects. ...
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wishy-washy caffè frappè

I'm trying to do the greek drink "Caffè Frappè". I'm using 2 tea spoon of spray dried coffee and 2 tea spoons of sugar. I've added a little of iced water and blended with an hand mixer until it's ...
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What method of coffee preparation gives the most caffeine in the finished cup?

As the question asks, which method from the list below will give the most caffeine in the final product (ie. a cup of coffee). Assume the same beans with the same grind (while the different ...
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By what reactions do moisture and light steal away my coffee's freshness?

Typically, the standard advice for prolonging your coffee is to store it in an air-tight, light-tight, dry container. At a chemical level, what happens when coffee is left in humid or sunny conditions ...
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Does coffee in a cafe press keep brewing after being 'squeezed'?

I've recently gotten a Cafe Press for making my coffee, and I'm pretty bad with proportions. If I make too much and leave it sitting in the press with the grounds pressed to the bottom, does the ...