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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

Make ice cubes out of coffee. Depending on how you brew your coffee, you might even have some surplus coffee from time to time. Just pour it into an ice cube tray. Then put the coffee ice cubes into ...
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Instant coffee melts like chocolate

This also happens with common unsweetened instant coffee (without chicory) if you allow it to cake and then try to heat in a pan or any other kind of heat that is concentrated on a specific spot or ...
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

It doesn't go bad, but it does change the taste. When water is just sitting there, water evaporates, but most things dissolved in it don't. Then, each time you boil it, the steam causes additional ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

There is no safety issue with adding cold milk foam to hot coffee. Coffee aficionados recommend against adding cold milk to hot coffee, because they suggest it compromises the flavor of freshly ...
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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

I'm a scientist not a cook, but this is how I would do it. Conductive cup for the coffee. A thin-walled aluminium is best, but steel works reasonably ok. Glass or porcelain just insulates too well. (...
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Does authentic Italian tiramisu contain large amounts of espresso?

A typical tiramisu will serve a good number of people, so each serving is unlikely to have more than about a shot's worth of espresso. There's a limit to what the savoiardi will absorb so you'd ...
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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

Have you considered whiskey stones? They are ice cold stones used in whiskey for the same purpose (to cool and drink whiskey without diluting the whiskey). You keep them in the freezer and use them ...
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My barista friend insists that coffee cups must be heated for better tasting coffee. Is there any science/data supporting this?

I doubt that heating the cup influences the the actual flavor of the coffee from a chemistry perspective, however, it turns out that there is a specific preferred temperature range in which consumers ...
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What do Americans mean by Coffee and Cream?

There's no consistent answer to this, as you can see from the comments below there's it's slightly contentious. Usually cream when offered with coffee refers to either half and half (half milk and ...
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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

If done right, you can use a combination of ice and hot beverage that will ensure that the ice cubes have melted almost completely once you have reached an equilibrium, i.e. a cold drink. For my go-to ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

There's no plausible mechanism that would make it unsafe. It's usually impractical though, since milk foams better when heated. Steaming it automatically heats the milk, and most mechanical ways of ...
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Is weak coffee more likely to be bitter?

It's not so much that weak coffee is bitter, as that over-extracted coffee is bitter. If you want it strong but don't use enough ground coffee, you can get more flavour by leaving the water on the ...
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How can I filter the solids out of my homemade pumpkin spice syrup?

Straining Use cheesecloth. You don't describe your process with cheesecloth in much detail, but I would suggest line a colander with a couple of layers of cheesecloth, and place that colander over a ...
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Cleaning out coffee pots and thermoses

We brew beer at home, so we have a product that does a really good job of this, called PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash). Our stainless steel coffee thermoses come out like new. The product description from ...
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Is it possible to effectively dissolve chocolate into coffee?

One classic solution is to make a ganache to make the chocolate liquid. Ganache is an emulsion that suspends the cocoa butter in water which helps it mix with the coffee. While this sounds fancy, you ...
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Cooling coffee rapidly without dilution

You can get ice cubes covered in heat resistant, food grade plastic. I think they are called “plastic ice cubes”.
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Is it possible to effectively dissolve chocolate into coffee?

If convenience is your priority, then making an emulsion might not be the best solution. I would recommend making a chocolate syrup to mix into your coffee. A recipe based on water or milk with cocoa ...
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Does authentic Italian tiramisu contain large amounts of espresso?

As a suppliment, I'll address your questions regarding "authenticity": Tiramisu is not a traditional dish; it's a modern restaurant dish dating back only to the 1960's (but see other answer, ...
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Is putting cold milk foam on hot coffee unsafe?

I suppose it's unsafe in a way similar to drinking microwaved liquids: Customer may feel the cold foam and take a big sip, not immediately noticing that the coffee itself is boiling hot?
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What do Americans mean by Coffee and Cream?

tl;dr: "cream," means heavy cream or half-and-half. For context, I live in the US. If you visit my house and ask for cream in your coffee, I will give you heavy cream. I suppose it is ...
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Coffee in a rattlesnake recipe? Why?

It's not a mistake. It's there because people like the taste of coffee in meat dishes. It adds some richness to the flavor, definitely something that works well with meat, and I doubt rattlesnake is ...
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Why does the instant coffee that I store in little plastic tubs go bad?

In a word, humidity. Instant coffee absorbs moisture from air rather well. I suspect that your container isn't perfectly airtight, and it's in a humid place. It's possible that the container is ...
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Does water "go bad" in this sense?

As far as I know it does not go bad, but there is a good reason not to fill your kettle completely when you fill it from the tap. Partly filled kettles come to the boil in less time. Also costing less ...
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What do Americans mean by Coffee and Cream?

Based on my experiences as a coffee drinker who has lived in 5 US states and drunk coffee in at least 14 others, here's the things they could be offering you in order of probability/common use: Half-...
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How can I filter the solids out of my homemade pumpkin spice syrup?

Using whole spices is the way to go, as they will filter out with your metal sieve. You may need to cook the mixture or steep the spices in longer if you use whole spices, you'll want to taste as you ...
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Missing recipe name and method

Absent the cake portion, the ingredients are precisely as listed for the Waitrose White and Dark Chocolate Tiramisu. Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose.com As @ChrisH has suggested, someone may ...
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Irish Coffee harder to get right than Baileys Coffee?

Some preparations for Irish coffee demand that the whiskey and sugar be caramelized together by heating them in a heat-proof glass over a burner and then topped with hot coffee and thick liquid cream. ...
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Is it possible to effectively dissolve chocolate into coffee?

If you are not watching calories, and want a treat, use good quality chocolate ice cream. Add a shot or two of espresso, stir, add milk to taste. The result is a very rich chilled mocha drink.
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Is this coffee maker safe to use?

Moka pots are traditionally rinsed (at most) but they're also traditionally used frequently. They develop a coating over time. If I'm putting mine away fro a long period I do clean it, after which it ...
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Does authentic Italian tiramisu contain large amounts of espresso?

There are in fact multiple versions of tiramisu, all of which are authentic. Some contain espresso and mascarpone, others cream, marsala but no mascarpone. 'Tiramisu' dates at least to the 1940s as a ...
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