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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How to Make Hazelnut Roasted Coffee

I live in Madrid and am about to run out of hazelnut-flavored coffee beans brought over as contraband from the last time we visited the States. I am desperate for my hazelnut-flavored morning fix, but ...
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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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How often should I clean my coffeepot, and what is the preferred method?

We use a typical drip coffee maker with a thermos-type pot. Naturally I rinse the pot and filter holder every day, but how often do I need to clean it more thoroughly? I've heard that it is bad to use ...
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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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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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Why brewed coffee in a pot needs a lid?

Coffee in an electric drip brewer (a model like this) goes all murky brown and opaque very fast, when the pot is left without a lid. With lid, it stays translucent and bright dark brown for quite a ...
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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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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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What material is best for a pour over coffee brewer?

Pour over coffee will be my next venture in the coffee world, and I'm trying to decide between ceramic and plastic. The ceramic devices are much more expensive, and I'm hoping to understand if there ...
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Frothing milk more quietly? [duplicate]

I have a Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECM260 espresso maker. I'm kind of getting the hang of frothing it (i.e. I can make a decent cup of frothed milk) but every time it makes that loud "screaming" noise that I've ...
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Emergency Coffee via Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans?

Scenario: I am out of coffee, both whole beans and ground. However I've got a back of chocolate covered coffee beans. Possible solution: Toss the choco covered beans in my grinder and then put them in ...
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In brewing coffee, do I need to use filtered water and what kind of filter should I use?

In brewing coffee, is it important to use filtered water? If so, why? Is there a particular type of filter that is most effective for water to be used in brewing coffee?
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Which part of the coffee brew is best?

At work we have a coffee machine that makes 10 cups of coffee in about 3 minutes. Sometimes, 3 minutes is too long to wait for coffee :P So I will poach it as it comes out of the dispenser and then ...
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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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Cuisinart 12 cup coffee maker - How many grams of ground coffee to make a full strong drip pot?

I just bought a fancy Cuisinart 12 cup machine and some fairly pricey freshly ground coffee. The machine came with a scoop that is equal to 5 g (1 tsp). The machine advises not to use more than 15 ...
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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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How do I use a French Press to make coffee?

What are the steps to using a french press to making great tasting coffee? When I pour the hot water in, do I use the plunger immediately and then wait or do a I wait a few minutes first to brew and ...
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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 can I imitate a coffee yoghurt?

I used to enjoy coffee yoghurts and eat them often... However, where I'm currently living coffee-flavored yoghurts are unavailable. I've tried to sort of make my own by adding a bit of instant coffee ...
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Can a spice grinder be used for coffee permanently?

My father bought a spice grinder thinking it was a coffee grinder. He is very stubborn and does not want to return it (also it was the most expensive grinder from the store) Can it still be used for ...
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Using a French press with finely ground coffee

I usually make two grinds for my coffee - a fine grind for my Moka and a coarse grind to take to work so I can put it in a French press. Today I zoned out and ground everything finely, and I don't ...
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Why isn't my espresso coffee nice and strong?

I have just purchased an expensive espresso coffee machine (American) but the taste isn't nice and strong as I expected. Does it depend on the coffee beans? What characteristics should I look for (in ...
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How long is coffee with creamer added safe in a thermos?

I'm not sure if this or this questions' answers satisfactorily cover my question but I am seeing a lot of answers that talk about the shelf-life of coffee and say things just "change" when adding ...
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What is the optimal temperature for making coffee, specifically in an AeroPress?

I use an Aerobie AeroPress to make lattes. The instructions recommend a water temperature of 175° F to be used in making the concentrated coffee. Since I am making a latte I also heat milk and froth ...
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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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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 much coffee do I need to grind per 4 cups of coffee?

If I want to make 4 cups of coffee (in the pot), which is actually 2.5 cups if I put it in a regular liquid measuring cup, how much coffee should I start with?
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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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How to emulate pike of Starbucks

Recently, I have developed a taste for pike roast flavor of Starbucks. I was wondering if I can make coffee with the same taste in my home? What would be the coffee bean and an appropriate coffee ...
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Bottling and Storing Cold-Brewed Coffee?

I'm a bit of an iced-coffee snob – I love a good, rich tasting coffee, and love the smooth flavor of cold-brewed coffee; unfortunately, the only time I have to make it is the weekends, and it lasts ...
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How to prevent curdling in a local vegan coffee creamer- aka- Post Apocalypse hippy coffee creamer?

Sorry, I got a few questions here. 1) I was at a vegan, locavore restaurant and their soymilk curdled in the coffee. Why did it curdle? 2) I thought, gee, they should use something like coconut ...
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Why is my Bunn overflowing?

We recently upgraded at the office from an old and cold Mr. Coffee 12-cup at work to an old but hot Bunn coffee maker. It is a 10-cup BX-B, and appears to have no damaged parts. However, when I brew ...
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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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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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Coffee roasting, worth upgrade from popcorn popper

I've been roasting for about 3 years and have gone thru about 3 or 4 poppers for roasting coffee. The machines wouldn't stop working I'd just notice they slowly started taking longer and longer to ...
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What are the recommended coffee roast types for Aeropress?

Many tutorials on brewing coffee with the aeropress cover the optimal water temperature, water volume/weight, grind, for making a decent cup of coffee. What none of them seem to cover is what type of ...
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How does a coffee bean get its smokey flavor?

I've tasted on a number of occasions coffee that has smokey flavor. Is this a natural flavor of the beans or was it acquired in other means (e.g. during the roasting process)?
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What kind of fuel do I use for a Hario TCA/50A coffee syphon?

I just received a Hario Coffee Syphon TCA/50A as a birthday gift which makes use of an alcohol-fuel powered wick/lamp to heat the water. However, I'm a bit confused which fuel I should be using ...
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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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Recommendations for freshly roasted coffee beans to order? [closed]

I hope it okay to ask for suppliers on here, but while in London recently I found an online retailer who sold small quantities freshly roasted coffee beans to order, or even just green unroasted ...
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What does acidity mean in terms of coffee? How does it affect taste?

From here: http://www.devans.in/mediumcoffee.html Medium roast of Plantation "AA" brings out the full compliment of aromas and results in a coffee that has moderate acidity, tangy flavor and good ...
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How do I infuse cappuccino with real vanilla bean during brew?

There's a question that touched on infusing espresso beans with vanilla flavor during roasting, I'm doing something a little different. Recently, I managed to get some real vanilla beans (a rather ...
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Brewing coffee concentrate using both hot and cold methods - Freezing concentrate

I drink iced coffee by the gallon. Currently my go-to method is just to brew a strong pot of store-brand medium grind coffee at night using an old Mr Coffee drip coffemaker, putting the brewed coffee ...
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How do you use the gizmo for Café Sua Da?

Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Café Sua Da is usually served with the little brew pot dripping coffee into a glass with sweetened condensed milk at the bottom. You then stir and add ice and enjoy. But ...
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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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Can bean-to-cup machine make quality espresso/cappuccino?

I want to buy myself a coffee machine so I can get nice and tasty coffee throughout the day. Basically my goals are Don't really want to invest half the day in front of my machine, experimenting ...
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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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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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Can Guava seeds be used to make a coffee-like drink?

According to this website containing info on strawberry guavas: The seeds can be eaten carefully or roasted as a coffee substitute. Apart from that site, I can find no other references anywhere ...
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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 ...