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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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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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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When *brewing* Irish coffee in a drip coffeemaker or French press, do I need to use more Irish whiskey?

Back in the early 1980's I received a very nice coffeemaker as a gift. (Okay - it was very nice for the 1980's.) There was a small recipe booklet that came with it that had a great recipe for Irish ...
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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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What is the optimal steep time for cold-brewed coffee?

When cold-brewing coffee (such as a Toddy) at room temperature, what is the best steep time. Would a 1 or 2-hour steep time yield a decent cup of coffee? Does anyone have any research on caffeine ...
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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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Hot espresso poured into a cold cup - is that dangerous?

When making a flavored iced drink - for example a mocha - what is the correct steps to take in order to make the best drink. Is it ok to pour the hot espresso over the measured amount of chocolate at ...
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Pyrex Percolator on stove?

Does anybody use a vintage Pyrex percolator on their stove? Electric? Gas? Is it 100% safe? I just saw it in an old movie, which is what gave me the idea to look for one.
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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 ...
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How do I make a frappuccino less watery?

I'm trying to recreate a Starbucks caramel coffee frappuccino, but it's coming out awfully watery. I've watched them make it and here is what they do, as far as I can tell: half fill the blender ...
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My espresso shot is extracting too quick, what am I doing wrong?

If my espresso shot appears to be extracting too quickly, what factors could be causing this? What should I change to try to get a better result?
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Closest thing to a donut I can drink coffee out of

One joking characterization of a topologist is someone who can't tell their donut from their coffee mug. As a novelty, I would very much like a food I can drink coffee out of. Does this exist? If not, ...
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Avoid ice crystals in frappuccino

Starbucks' frappuccino has a fairly smooth consistency and mouth-feel. When I attempt to make something similar with my stick blender, I tend to end up with a layer of ice crystals floating on the ...
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What do I need to know about coffee machines and grinders to get started making good coffee at home?

How to make a strong mug of coffee? "Crema" is a light-colored foam layer which builds on top of espresso, and many people like it. Espresso is also stronger than normal coffee. For both, you need ...
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Was my coffee actually supposed to be gritty?

I was at a Middle Eastern restaurant and ordered a cup of their "Middle Eastern coffee" (perhaps something akin to Turkish coffee?), which seemed to have some sort of spice and sugar added to it. (The ...
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Unroasted beans for Arab coffee?

I have seen coffee prepared as in Qatar: It was mixed with cardamon, and had a light brown colour. The taste was excellent. I was told that the coffee beans were roasted only very little. Which kind ...
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'Espresso' Maker - Base turned dark, is it bad?

A few days ago I got an 'Espresso' maker made out of Aluminium (one of these). At the moment I am experimenting a bit with it, but I noticed something strange. The base (the part where you put the ...
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coffee from seeds of dates

I once heard that it is possible to make coffee from seeds of dates. I heard that you have to bake them in a low temperature. So, I took seeds of dates, baked them in the oven in 100 degrees celsius ...
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Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker from CafeCoffeeDay a Moka pot?

Is the SS Stovetop Espresso Maker what's called a Moka pot? They haven't named it explicitly a Moka pot, hence the question. If not, can a Moka pot style coffee be prepared in that instrument?
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How long can I keep espresso in the fridge? [duplicate]

I often make espresso with a bialetti moka. I made some espresso martinis for my family at a party earlier this year and I have been asked for some more over Christmas. How long can I keep espresso ...
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Metal vs paper filter for Chemex?

What is the significant difference between using a paper filter over a reusable metal mesh filter for Chemex?
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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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How to make a “French Vanilla cappuccino” with a espresso machine

My wife like the French Vanilla Cappuccino they sell in restaurants like Tim Horton's. I have an espresso machine and I wonder how I could make one with it. If I just add some Vanilla Extract to a ...
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How can I use an espresso maker on an induction cooktop?

The espresso maker is a stove top, and I am unable to find a way to use it on the induction cooktop. I want to make decaf with milk and that is filtered coffee, not instant coffee.
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Practical home stone grinding [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I grind coffee without a coffee grinder? I like my coffee super-fine. I've had some luck with using regular coffee grinders and running it for a long time, but ...
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How to get the correct expresso extraction amount, grind vs tamper

I'm trying to extract a double shot, e.g 60ml in 30 seconds. I always seem to go over and get 100ml+. When I use a finer grind, the coffee tastes burnt... It seems that tampering harder and using a ...
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Why does a portafilter machine take so long to warm up and a modern machine doesn't?

I was wondering why a portafilter coffee machine takes up to 15 minutes to warm up in order to make an espresso. On the other side, a modern Nespresso Citiz doesn't even take a minute to warm up. ...
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How to hand-select the perfect coffee bean?

I would like to know from you guys, what criteria do you use to select the perfect (green) coffee bean for roasting purposes?
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What is the difference between instant and filter coffee?

http://www.brucoffee.in/OurCoffees.aspx They have labeled their coffee's as instant and filter. What would be the difference between them? Why should I choose one over the other?
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Espresso tamping technique

There is a lot of information on how to tamp espresso before pulling a shot, so it's a little hard to make sense of it all. What I currently do certainly works, but perhaps there's something better ...
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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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Describing the taste of Illy coffee and similar brands

I'm no coffee expert - I can't describe flavours well, but I know what I like. And I'd like to learn to describe tastes better. Illy is my favourite coffee (for French press use) - it seems a lot ...
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How to protect roasted coffee powder from degrading during daily use?

I have to buy coffee roasted powder in 100gms packet. I use 1 tablespoon on coffee per day. I do keep the coffee in an airtight container and then in an opaque cover. How should I protect remaining ...
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How to select a coffee powder for preparing Turkish Coffee?

This is what I can get here: http://www.devans.in/product.html What kind of roasted (mild/medium/strong/very strong) powder/beans should be selected for Turkish Coffee? Can the coffee powder ...
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Homemade coconut milk in coffee compared to store bought

I've been making my own homemade coconut milk recently because I don't like the list of ingredients (thickeners, emulsifiers, etc.) typically found in store-bought coconut milk. The problem is, I ...
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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 can I make coffee syrup with caramel taste?

I have seen several recipes for coffee syrup, but none of them with a simple caramel taste. Is getting the caramel taste as easy as using brown sugar instead of white sugar, or do I need to find some ...
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Prevent the grinder basket on Cuisinart coffee maker from sticking

I have a Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker. The grinder basket is very hard to remove. I have cleaned it as well as I could and Cuisinart just offered to sell me a new part for $30 that may or ...
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French Press Coffee amount [duplicate]

Okay so I have a french press, and I have been trying to figure out how much coffee I need. Here is the scenario: It is a 15 oz press, I been reading that the general rule of thumb is 2 tbs of coffee ...