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 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 ...
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Freshly ground coffee, how fresh should it be?

I 'know' that freshly ground coffee is the best there is (within the quality of the beans, that is). The question is whether this is true. Freshly ground coffee smells great, but does that affect the ...
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Is a stainless steel french press good to make coffee?

My less than 1 year old glass French Press broke down today. There's a small circular piece of the glass which came off at the bottom. After doing some research, it looks like glass French Press ...
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Caffettiera (Moka Pot) is not making coffee properly

I have fairly large Italian Caffettiera used for making coffee. I think it makes about 8 cups. The thing is it sits on my lit gas stove for at least 15 minutes and nothing comes out. Any ideas? PS. ...
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How long is it safe to drink coffee after brewed?

How many hours/days would you recommend to drink coffee (after brewed) and consider it safe? (For example if you don't want to waste it). What is the difference if it is refrigerated or not? The ...
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Frothing Milk: Variations by Milk Type?

I froth my milk using the steam wand on my espresso machine. With a national-brand organic whole milk, I am able to get a perfect micro foam nearly 100% of the time. However, when I instead use a ...
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How to make Latte art on a Cappuccino?

It's Sunday morning and I just missed my latte art, as usual. I have no difficulty to make an espresso with enough crema and to get a big layer of foam from my steamed milk, but I cannot achieve to ...
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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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Sugar forming tiny bubbles in microwaved coffee?

When I heat up coffee in the microwave and then pour in sugar, a layer of tiny dense bubbles forms at the top of the glass and stays there for the duration of the drinking, diminishing slightly over ...
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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 ...