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How do I coffee?

Staying at an AirBnB and they provided a French press which I've never seen before and can't quite figure out how to use. The plunger has two separate filter-y parts and most perplexing is the fact that there is no spout, so if you put water and coffee in the main part and press it as usual there seems to be no way to pour your coffee (you can try to pour, but only a thin dribble comes out). [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on Jun 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Learn all the coffee things

After a few years away from caffeine, I'm coming back. How do I best go about learning the different regional and roasting effects on coffee's flavor? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a great espresso machine that does it all?

Looking for recommendations for an espresso / cappuccino maker that does all the things, including also making regular coffee. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on May 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Bar/Restaurant Alternatives for Changing Lifestyles?

We're segueing out of our hard-livin' days, and are finding it difficult to think of ways to be out and about, around other people, that don't involve drinking or eating. Where do you go to get your socializing fix? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on May 10, 2016 - 20 answers

Easy-clean leakproof 20 oz. coffee mug with loop or strap?

I'm looking to upgrade my carry-everywhere coffee mug. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on May 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me develop a taste for coffee

I want develop a taste for coffee. I taste it and I'm like, ugh, how do people even drink this? But my wife drinks a pot of coffee every morning, there's a goddamn Starbucks on every corner, and in the office, there's a line at the coffee machine. Clearly, I'm missing something. Assume I'm a total newbie. Assume I could buy every gadget or type of coffee on the planet. Where do I start?
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 1, 2016 - 76 answers

But we want to keep the coffee stain

We are currently in the process of remodelling our bookcases, which includes having stripped back the original stain (using a hand plane) and now restaining them. The timber is relatively cheap pine. We have been experimenting using instant coffee as a stain and we like the look. However searching for information on how to seal it is resulting in every website saying you MUST do xyz, and all these musts are completely different. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Apr 26, 2016 - 10 answers

Chemistry filter: Decaf edition

An idle curiousity question for the Green's resident chemistry boffins: is there a chemical that could break caffeine down into safe and inactive (from the body's perspective) components? [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Apr 2, 2016 - 3 answers

Why Does Nescafe Espresso Instant Cafe Foam?

What causes the crema on Nescafe Espresso Instant? The ingredients list only coffee.
posted by andrewcooke on Mar 20, 2016 - 5 answers

What the hell was in that coffee?

The other day, Mrs. Wazoo (who is not new to coffee) brewed a pot of the worst coffee that's ever existed, and we're baffled and disgusted the the fallout. It started innocently enough, with a bag of coffee from Four Barrel that smelled... well, like coffee. It did not end that way. Can you help us with any ideas about what could possibly have been the cause of this awful, awful thing? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Mar 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Little floaty bits

Why does almond milk curdle in my cold brew? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Can I save this coffee?

I cheaped out and got bad coffee beans. I'm a coffee snob - can I save this coffee? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Feb 18, 2016 - 20 answers

Coffee beans online, on a budget. Recommendations?

For the last few years we've had a subscription through Amazon for 8 O'Clock Columbian. We're bored with it, and last month the price inexplicably doubled so now I'm wondering what else is out there. If I can't get cheaper, can I at least get better? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 answers

What is the best goddamn vacuum-insulated travel mug in the world?

Show me the last word in vacuum-insulated travel mugs for coffee. Specific requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jan 19, 2016 - 32 answers

History of coffee and tea

I have been a tea-favorer for many years. I have recently discovered that coffee is pretty good. I'm interested in reading some good histories on both plants/beverages. I am not averse to dry texts, so don't feel restricted to pop-ish books! Who has written the best history/histories on coffee and tea?
posted by curious nu on Jan 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Deathwish Coffee Flavor without the Caffeine

After years of close but not right and almost-good-enough-coffee-beans, I've discovered my holy grail of flavor, Deathwish coffee. Slightly cherrylike, a little chocolatey and OH SO MILD yet with a bit of a bite. Problem? I don't love the supercharged caffeine level. [more inside]
posted by sweetie_darling on Dec 31, 2015 - 17 answers

Why Don't They Make a Cheap Drip Coffemaker That Gets Hot Enough?

So, the experts say the reason the typical Big Box drip coffeemaker makes, at least in their opinions, mediocre coffee is that they don't get the water hot enough. That's my opinion, too. You can spend $300-$400 and get a drip coffeemaker that gets the water hot enough. But, why isn't anyone selling a $50 coffeemaker that gets the water just as hot? Does it really cost a couple of hundred more dollars to bump the temp up 10 degrees? My $20 electric kettle gets all kind of hot. Is keeping the water at the right temperature after heating the tricky part?
posted by justcorbly on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Percolate me!

The two best cups of coffee of my life were brewed in percolators. One came from a new-ish Farberware percolator like this one, and the other was a long time ago from an unknown brand. I must have a coffee percolator. [more inside]
posted by Kangaroo on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Do you know why my espresso machine is acting like this?

I've had my Rancilio Silvia V3 for several years and have gotten to know its quirks (and my own home barista skill limitations) well. But I just moved, set it up in my new kitchen, and its current behavior is new to me! When I pull a shot, after a few seconds the stream gets very wide, light, and frothy, and I can hear loud frothing/bubbling/steaming when I turn off the flow. It's currently impossible to get a drinkable shot because of this. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Uniquely Canadian things to send my penpal?

I wish to send my dear Finnish penpal a bunch of cool things you can only buy in Canada (and maybe also stuff that may be sold elsewhere but is only really popular in Canada). What to send, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Really just a cream and sugar delivery device

I would like to drink decaf coffee. I have a nursling and it seems that my regular brand of decaf (Costco brand) still contains enough caffeine that it disrupts his sleep. Are there any brands of decaf that are known to contain a lesser amount of caffeine that the average brand? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Nov 4, 2015 - 13 answers

I had a really good cup of coffee. Now everything is different.

After an unexpectedly delicious cup of cold press, I find myself wondering how to improve my coffee-making and coffee-selection. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Nov 2, 2015 - 25 answers

Go back to Stars Hollow?

Over the past few months I have been watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time - I never watched while the series was on TV - and for the most part, I have really enjoyed it. However I recently started Season 6 (out of 7) and have not been super pleased with it so far. Given that a revival seems to be in the cards, should I power through? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Cinnamon and Cayenne and Chocolate, Oh My!

A local coffee shop makes this amazing coffee drink that they call a Mocha en Fuego. It's a mocha with cinnamon and cayenne that I get iced and it's the most delicious coffee drink ever. Please help me recreate it at home! [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Oct 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Coffee Crashed The Plane?

I remember a plane crash that was caused by coffee spilling onto some cracked material inside a plane...was this real? [more inside]
posted by sillysally on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

You are not my barista

Why does the same level of caffeine affect me differently in different beverages? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Sep 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Espresso vs Coffee - Why does my stomach handle Espresso and not Coffee?

Happy Friday MeFi, I was wondering if someone could shine some light onto why my stomach freaks out when I have regular coffee (Dunks, Starbucks, Keurig) but doesn't scream when I have Espresso? I can't quite wrap my heard around it, although I suspect it may have something to do with acidic content from instant-coffee, but whenever I try to have coffee from Dunkin Donuts or from one of those little Keurig cups, my stomach feels like it is being stabbed to death. It usually follows with a very painful stomach-ache for the next 30-45 minutes and then it goes away. However, if I use my work's espresso machine, it doesn't hurt my stomach at all. What gives? This is probably not related, but I have similar issues when I drink beer but no issues when I drink Vodka or Tequilla. Thanks for all your responses.
posted by bostonhill on Aug 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Enable my coconut iced coffee obsession

What is the best coconut syrup (for making coffee drinks) that money can buy? For reference, I used to like the Starbucks seasonal one but this year apparently it's changed and tastes strange. Assume I have access to any national US chain store and am willing to order online. I saw the previous question about making one's own via simple syrup + coconut extract and will do that if that's the best answer.
posted by karbonokapi on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

What if there were no spoon, Neo?

I sometimes make iced coffee by placing a glass mason jar filled with ice into my single serve coffee maker and letting it brew / fill with hot coffee. I include a metal spoon inside the jar to act as a kind of heat sink and prevent the glass from breaking due to thermal stress. But should I bother? Does that spoon actually do anything?
posted by zarq on Aug 19, 2015 - 8 answers

How to repair doser on a coffee grinder?

I recently obtained a used Anfim Best grinder for a great price, but the doser was not working and missing a few parts. I've bought the spare parts now and nearly have it back to working condition, but need some advice on the handle and gear mechanism which is causing me problems. [more inside]
posted by joz on Jul 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Heart-shaped box of coffees, please

I wanna eat a coffee bar. Does it exist?? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Jul 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Tell me about living in Denver (after living in SF)

I'm considering moving to Denver from the SF Bay Area, to take advantage of an amazing career opportunity. But this would be a huge change and I have a lot of questions! If you live in Denver or have recently lived there, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I use my slightly damp coffee machine?

Yesterday morning I forgot to put the actual jug in our filter coffee machine (because, yes, it was pre-coffee) so 10 cups of coffee drained into the base of the machine. It's now 24 hours later so it's dry (I imagine). Is it OK to use it? Or am I going to electramacute myself?
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me make a good Mocha!

I love mochas, but I haven't been able to perfect them at home with my espresso machine. Is there a foolproof recipe out there somewhere? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on May 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me replace a travel coffee mug!

I'm coming up short looking through Google Images and on Amazon for a coffee mug to replace the special one I broke this morning. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Am I going to catch, like, coffee scrofula?

How clean should I be keeping my french press? Help me overthink a plate of (coffee) beans. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 1, 2015 - 22 answers

Was he interested or not?

An older guy flirted with me at work. I finally got a chance to give him my number but it's been awhile and he hasn't called. I'm VERY confused. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Apr 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Beer and journal writing in Portland, OR

Say you lived in Portland, and you like journal writing and you like beer. Normally you journal write while working in one of the city's wonderful coffee shops, but you were thinking - "it's the afternoon and I live in Portland - I should replace coffee with beer!" Where would you go . . .?
posted by knownfossils on Apr 17, 2015 - 15 answers

What computer do I want?

So, my 15mo old daughter poured a cup of coffee in my 2011 Mac Book Pro, and now the keyboard and none of the ports work. I am trying to figure out what to replace it with, if anything (at the moment). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Apr 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Best place for fresh roasted espresso beans in Ottawa?

The cafe in the Glebe where I have been buying Francesco's espresso beans for years burned down last night, and I only have a one week supply left. This is not good. Does anyone know another location that carries their beans? I can't get them from Francesco's retail location as they are only open weekdays until 5 pm. Any other recommendations for good beans in the Glebe/Old Ottawa South area?
posted by fimbulvetr on Apr 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I get more than one app to run in kiosk mode on a Microsoft Surface

I need to put some games on a few Microsoft Surface RT tablets for use in a coffee shop by kids while Mammy and Daddy are sipping their coffee. I'm no expert but is there a way to do that while restricting access to the computers' settings by customers?
posted by togglers on Mar 19, 2015 - 1 answer

What the hell does this mug mean?

It says, "Part time virgin... I didn't plan it, but it worked out that way." Images. What is the joke? Is it a joke? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Mar 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Where can I get a good Sunday brunch in downtown Raleigh, NC?

I'll be in Raleigh soon, and I have a bit of free time on a Sunday morning. I'm staying between NCSU and downtown, on Hillsborough St. Where can I go, within walking distance, for something good to eat before noon? Preferably with vegetarian options and good coffee. Your recommendations would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

What are you looking for in a coffee subscription?

I now live in Indonesia and have access to some great coffee beans. Some US friends want me to ship some packs, and I'm about to! Some good local roasters too. For those of you who have coffee subscriptions already, - what format do you prefer (weekly/ monthly) - did you like exploring 'new' beans outside your typical taste profile - what made the different between a truly great coffee sub service and a regular one, in your mind?
posted by popagandhi on Mar 9, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I make the least fancy fancycoffee possible?

I have a milk frothing wand, a little baby moka pot, milk, and espresso ground coffee. Now what? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 23, 2015 - 8 answers

How do you relax or blow off steam at the end of the day?

I'm hoping to get suggestions for how to relax after a day of drinking coffee. I'm looking for relaxing behaviors, rather than substances. Hoping to hear what people actually do in their real lives, as opposed to what the experts suggest. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Jan 29, 2015 - 43 answers

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I make a full mug of AEROPRESS coffee?

I just got an Aeropress and have been trying to figure out how to use the inverted method to make a 10-oz. mug of regular (Americano) coffee. When I use one scoop of fine-ground coffee and fill to the 3 then the 2 as recommended by Stumptown inverted method, I get about 2 oz. of coffee concentrate, which makes about 5 oz. of regular-strength coffee. But if I use two scoops of coffee and fill to the 2 and then the 1 with this method, I get about 2.5 oz. of coffee concentrate, which doesn't make a strong-tasting 10-oz. cup, either. Generally I'm using a dark roast, Sumatra or French or a blend. To make a nice, full-tasting 10-oz. cup of coffee, do I need to steep longer? Use more grounds? Grind finer or coarser? Help! My second question is, do I really need to use twice as much coffee to make a single cup compared to a French press, where I use 2-3 tbsp. coarse-ground coffee and steep for 3-4 minutes to get 10 oz. of coffee? Thank you for any help!
posted by roxie110 on Jan 12, 2015 - 20 answers

What kind of water should I use for espresso?

I'm confused. I have a nice-ish consumer espresso maker (Breville, $500 range) and like it quite a bit. There seems to be a lot of controversy online about the water to use both for machine longevity and the best coffee. Does anyone have any advice? Tap water, bottled water, filtered water or distilled? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Jan 12, 2015 - 15 answers

two part question for coffee afficianados: i need my tim hortons

after living up north for a while and my wife and I both love tim hortons coffee. we used to buy the pre-measured 12 cup pouches, available online from timhortons.ca --- for shipping to canada ONLY. As we live south of the border again, obtaining the pouches is more or less out. please help us locate alternatives... [more inside]
posted by chasles on Jan 11, 2015 - 19 answers

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