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How might I roast coffee at home without investing in an expensive roasting machine?

Tired of the bland supermarket beans and too poor to sate my thirst at the local roaster, so I've ordered 20lbs of green coffee beans online... But, now what do I need to do to turn them into The ...
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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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Difference between Spumante & Champagne

When winter holidays come, I always find with my parents and the whole family. Sometimes we use Spumante, some other times Champagne, both to accompain with some sweet at the end of the meal, or ...
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How to carbonate a drink?

How do I carbonate a drink that originally isn't carbonated without altering its taste or the process taking more than a few hours? I've seen some methods that use yeast, but that requires about two ...
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Do tea-like drinks typically require the plant material be dried or processed?

Many of the plants in my garden have leaves or flowers that are, in various places, described as being good for making a herbal tea. A couple of examples are lemon balm leaves (Melissa officinalis) ...
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The consistency of my hot chocolate is off, what do I do?

I've made hot chocolate before however it's only ever been the instant powdered variant by Cadbury's, however today I bought some hot chocolate by "Charbonnel et Walker", I don't know if anyone knows ...
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Looking for the name of a sweet green drink

A long time ago I tasted an alcoholic drink which was green and tasted very sweet (possibly like banana, definitely not mint), and it had a long french name, something like (pesong, pisang, ...). Does ...
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How does mixing different kinds of beers/liquors mask the taste of alcohol?

Some time ago, I was at a college party where my friend gave me some horrifying concoction of various liquors, and he asked me to try it. As I'd expected, it was absolutely foul- until he added a ...
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Making soda with yeast

It is easy to make soda by adding sugar and yeast to a bottle of water and closing it tightly. However, checking different recipes, I did not get what is the best condition for this. I have a couple ...
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What is the proper way to make a cup of mate?

I've seen different videos on how to make a perfect cup of mate. After putting loose tea in the gourd, some people cover the gourd and shake it upside down, some people shake it on its side, some ...
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What is the name of this drink and is there a substitute for the pineapple?

In many cities in the Venezuelan Andes, there is a traditional beverage with the following preparation: Put a slice/piece of pineapple about two inches per side in a bottle of milk. Put the milk ...
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Are there any scientific advantages to using a cork to stop a wine bottle?

Although I am by no means a connoisseur (I don't really even drink it) I have been investigating the various means by which wine bottles are stopped up. This was prompted by a negative reaction by a ...
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What factors lead to rich crema on espresso?

I love espresso, especially when it has a rich crema (the head that forms on top of a well made shot). I notice that some cafes produce this consistently while others never have more than a wisp on ...
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What is the most effective way to extract mint flavor for a Mojito?

How can one prepare mint for a Mojito a way that will optimally extract its flavor? Are there any other factors that are important while making the drink?
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Trying to find the actual name of an eastern european distilled beverage

this is hopefully a simple question. I have had several friends from Eastern Europe, and they often visited with a bottle of a family-style distilled beverage. It is made with pretty much whatever ...
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How to make the perfect root beer

I have already noted this question about making root beer, but I wanted to explore further, so I hope you'll indulge me. I want to make a home made root beer that is similar in taste to the A&W ...
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Doogh/Ayran from scratch

I have found several recipes online for making doogh or ayran (I love this stuff sooo much), and they all seem to involve diluting greek yogurt with either water or soda. I want to make my yogurt ...
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How to prepare a ginger lime drink mixer?

I am trying to prepare a ginger lime (basil) drink mixer. It will be mixed with Whiskey the day of the event. Is it better to prepare a limeade via steeping or a syrup via cooking? Will the acid ...
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Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?

To try to narrow the scope and help deduce an answer to this question, I'm wondering: Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?
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What type of tea should I use to make Thai Iced Tea?

I love the sweet iced tea you get at Thai restaurants, and want to make my own at home. I used to buy a concentrated solution online (added water and half and half), but they discontinued it. I'm ...
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Can you premake mojitos?

I work at a busy bar and every Thursday we have mojitos for $5. I am curious if there is some sort of way that we can pre make some of the drink to make the preparation easier and faster. Thanks!!!
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Where to rent vacuum chamber?

I am testing out ideas for edible fruit cocktails that I would like to serve as an opener at a dinner party. So far, my tests have been successful, but it occurred to me that vacuum sealing, or ...
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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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What is a proper Manhattan?

I've ordered these a few times, and had wildly varying results - hardly surprising, given the general lack of training among bartenders around these parts, but confusing none the less! So now I'm ...
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Pre-mixing liquor — any downsides?

I love Long Islands. In fact, all I make are Long Islands. Yet every time I make one, I have to independently mix the four liquors I use: Vodka, Tequila, Gin, and Rum. (plus I add lemon juice and ...
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What's the best method for making iced coffee?

How should we make iced coffee at home? We only have a French press.
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What can I use to strain gritty bloody mary mix?

I like Zing Zang bloody mary mix, but it's very gritty with seasoning. I like to pour it into a strainer to filter out the grit, but the mix is so thick that it takes forever to strain. Not only ...
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What common household drink will remove burning from mouth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cure for burns from hot peppers / capsicum oil? Ya, just ate something spicy and my mouth is on fire. I tried drinking water and that didn't help. I also tried orange ...
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Apple Pie in a Jar Drink

I was recently out of town for a business trip and heard some people talking about some type of drink that they had at a party called Apple Pie in a Jar. I was curious if anyone else has heard of ...
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Are there thermo bottles to store tea, as soon as it is made (100ºC/212ºF)?

I'm looking for a thermo bottle (~ 1 Litre/ 33 oz) to store tea, as soon as it is made (let's say its temperature will be around 100 Celsius/ 212 Fahrenheit. Is there such a brilliant bottle? Would ...
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Which drinks fit to a Thai Dish? [closed]

I plan to cook a thai dish this weekend and I search for drinks to serve along to that. In particular it will be a chicken dish with lemon gras. This is forked from another question of mine.
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How to make bubble tea - the “real” (tea-less) version? Is there a way to create the powdered flavoring?

I've been unsuccessful thus far in recreating Khmer bubble tea, or the pastel-colored bubble tea one can find at many small cafes and stands. The specific kind of bubble tea I'm looking to make uses ...
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Homemade Kahlua - something missing

Basic recipe for homemade Kahlua on the Intertubes is lots of sugar, some coffee, high alcohol content something or other, and vanilla. Some minor variations on this theme is all I've found. But ...
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How can I make milk cocoa powder so it does not stick to the top and bottom?

A package of milk cocoa powder contains "20% cocoa powder, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring (vanillin)". I have tried to make cocoa milk drinks to cold milk but the cocoa stuck to the top ...
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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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Frothing Milk By Hand

What is a consistent method to froth milk if I do not have a steam wand? I have tried things like a whisk and an Aerolatte with mixed success.
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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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Is lemonade better when made with simple syrup?

On a hot summer day and with a basketful of lemons I often want a nice cold glass of lemonade. A lot of recipes suggest making lemonade with simple syrup, which requires cooking, whereas other recipes ...
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Choosing a wine that complements a meal [closed]

I've heard that particular types of wine are good matches for particular types of food. I'm fairly new to wine being served with a meal I prepared, and I'd like to learn about how and why I should ...