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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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 best to store roast coffee beans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good ways to store coffee? I opened a new bag of roasted coffee beans yesterday and put them in a plastic box - a box with a good seal, with clip-down sides. And I put ...
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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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Which brewing method extracts more flavors from the coffee bean?

Which method extracts more flavors from the bean: espresso, french press/cafetiere, or another method? And, if I want to try different beans from different countries etc, is a french press/cafetiere ...
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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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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 there a discernible difference in taste between aeropress and chemex / pour-over?

Using the same coffee beans with the same grind, I can definitely tell a difference between cups of coffee made by drip-machine, chemex, and french press. Chemex is my favorite, as it has more flavor ...
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How to create homemade special coffees [closed]

I got bored with my regular coffe "Nestcafe Classic" or "Nestcafe 3 in 1". Are there tutorials how to create some awesome coffee? I don't mind if it's a latte, cappuccino or espresso, as long as it ...
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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 could I substitute for coffee in an Opéra cake

I would like to bake an Opéra cake for someone who doesn't really appreciate the taste of coffee. Since coffee and chocolate are the two main elements, I am wondering: what flavour could I substitute ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is it called coffee cake?

There is no coffee in any of the recipes I've seen for coffee cake, so why is it called that?
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How can I approximate a Starbucks latte at home?

I'd like to save a little money by making my morning latte at home instead of buying it. But it seems like the barista does something beyond just mixing coffee and warm milk to result in that perfect ...
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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 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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How do they get caffeine out in decaffeinated coffee?

Coffee beans naturally contain caffeine. At the store or in a restaurant, you can choose "decaffeinated coffee". Is really all the caffeine gone or is there just a smaller amount? How do they remove ...
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How to make whole bean blonde Starbucks without machine

So I just got Starbucks' Blonde Willow Blend (Whole Bean) and I am very excited to make it, but the problem is I have never done it before and I cannot find any online tutorial for beginners. I also ...
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Teabags vs. instant coffee

The only common way I can think of tea being sold is in teabags. However, there are several ways coffee is sold: Instant Ground Beans I'd say instant is the most common, at least in the UK. Why ...
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Proper grind and measurement for a pour over coffee maker

I've seen different sets of instructions from different sources, and experimentation has had mixed results. Right now I have about a level scoop of coffee for every 4 ounces of coffee and this ...
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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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How do I remove small grounds when using a french press?

When I use a french press to brew coffee, there always is some small grounds with the coffee. I have adjust the grinder to make coarse grounds, but this does not help a lot. Can I remove these ...
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Safety of coffee in thermal flask, long periods of time

How long is it safe to hold coffee in a thermal flask? Is coffee (prepared in a cezve, Turkish method, no sugar) carried in a thermal flask for 24 or 48 hours still safe? I'm asking because black ...
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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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Fresh half and half curdles in hot coffee

I have a specific travel mug that I use on occasion that will curdle the creamer. The creamer I used is only a few days old and it only happens in this mug. It's a stainless steel double walled with ...
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Why does cold coffee taste sweeter with the same amount of sugar?

I have observed that the same amount of sugar tastes differently in hot and in cold coffee. If I drink hot coffee, I feel I can add more and more sugar, without it tasting too sweet. However, cold ...
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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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Difference in caffeine levels between light and bold coffee?

Over the last few years I had come to believe that the roasting process for bold coffees removed caffeine from the beans resulting in a lower caffeine content than compared to a light roasted coffee. ...
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Coffee brewing methods - scientific analysis?

Can anyone point out websites or academic articles analyzing coffee brewing methods? I can easily identify taste differences between the various methods, but I'd like to know which ones are ...
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Do the improvements touted by the ZPM Nocturn (PID-controlled espresso machine) sound sensible?

I have previously struggled with coffee equipment. I don't know anything about the technical side of making coffee. The ZPM Nocturn claims to have solved a number of technical issues, making better ...
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What is the right moment to add sugar to make my own coffee liqueur?

I've been looking for a good coffee liqueur recipe. In some places they add sugar and water before you store the liqueur for a few days or weeks, and others say to add the sugar and water after it. ...
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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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Is mixing coffee with milk directly unhealthy? [closed]

Scientifically speaking, is there a reason not to mix coffee with milk directly? I remember reading once, that milk is like the anti-dode to coffee and there is a bio-chemical reason why this makes ...
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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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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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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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Are fungal toxins a significant problem in coffee, and if so, can they be avoided?

I stumbled across this blogpost which claims that coffee is awesome for our bodies but only if it doesn't have mycotoxins (toxins generated by fungi). To quote them: One study showed that 91.7% ...
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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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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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Coffee foam vs. Tea foam

One sign of really good fresh well-roasted coffee beans is foam. When you pour hot water into the French press, it foams, often forming a head up to 2" high. And when you use an espresso machine, ...
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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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Why does coffee taste awful after reheating it in a microwave oven?

I brew my coffee with a percolator using finely ground beans and it comes out great when it is still hot. However, I have to brew at least two cups in the machine. So if I make coffee in the morning, ...
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Espresso Machine coffee amount

I have a DeLonghi EC-155 espresso machine. I can operate the machine, but I don't know how many shots I can make with one load of coffee. How much ml has a shot to be? How many shots I can make? ...
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How do I rid my new plastic appliance of its plastic smell?

I've just purchased a new coffee maker, and it has a terrible plastic smell to it. It smells like something between new car and hot glue gun. I've run two or three pots of water through it, but the ...
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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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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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How to butter-roast coffee in frying pan?

I've starting roasting green coffee beans in a frying-pan at home and in a tin foil tray, when having an outside bbq. What would be a good way to make a Vietnamese style butter-roast? Should I just ...
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Good programmable coffee urn solution

Here's the situation: We're looking for a good coffee solution at our church. Churches (especially in the midwest) tend to have terrible coffee and we don't want to add to the problem. I'm looking for ...