Are there any cafes out there in the wild that have survived (or better, thrived) with a strictly enforced no-laptop, no-iPad (essentially, "no portable electronic offices") policy? I'm looking for reasonably well-documented examples of coffee houses that have bucked the student/mobile-office market and done well. The more it's presented as a business case, the better.
posted by Shepherd
on Sep 12, 2014 -
I am desperately seeking a reliable coffee maker that makes a decent cup. What are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Sep 7, 2014 -
I've grown very attached to the coffee that comes out of my moka pot/ bialetti pot every.single.morning for the last two years, to the point where I am planning on taking it with me on all of my travels this year. Please recommend a mini hot plate that I can purchase in Canada, to use with the moka pot. [more inside]
posted by redwaterman
on Aug 27, 2014 -
Problem: every time I buy a quart of milk, it spoils before I can use more than a few tablespoons. Goal: be able to drink coffee at home on the weekends without wasting a gallon of milk a month. Solution: ????? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Aug 21, 2014 -
This charming short film, maybe 15-20 minutes, is about a Mexican woman's morning routine of roasting her own coffee beans in frying pan, filtering coffee through a linen handkerchief, then washing the linen and hanging on clothesline to dry. I thought it was by Les Blank, but can find no listing for it. I also searched Werner Herzog, but couldn't find it. Film came out of the Bay Area food renaissance of the '70s, I believe. Think I saw it in '80s. Anyone seen it, can give me a clue to provenance? TIA.
posted by Berry
on Aug 17, 2014 -
Like this questioner here
, I too am a grown-ass woman who fails at hydration. However, I do find that I am more willing to guzzle down creamy drinks, such as milk or hot chocolate. Are those enough to hydrate me, will I die from too much milk, and what other drinks will help fulfil both the cream craving and the hydration? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 15, 2014 -
Once I've made cold-brew iced coffee, I drink it over about 5 days. Is there any reason that I can't mix in the half-and-half on day 1? [more inside]
posted by mercredi
on Jul 31, 2014 -
I'm not sure how to say this without sounding like a 13 year old but I'm in love with a guy who frequents the same cafe as I do but haven't met. I dont know how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by bubbletea54
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I love coffee. I've been known to geek out pretty hard over food and spirits. But I've never geeked out my coffee. I'm looking for the best way to make a better cup, hopefully without a ton of extra fuss. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet
on Jul 1, 2014 -
I would like to get Mr. BlahLaLa a new coffee maker. Bonus difficulty: I don't drink coffee. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Jun 19, 2014 -
I need to have coffee mugs imprinted with our company logo and delivered to downtown LA in the next 9 days, all for a budget of >$250.00
Anybody know a guy?
Personal recommendations of reliable vendors urgently needed, thanks!
posted by Space Kitty
on May 12, 2014 -
My nearly 10 year old son is very interested in how coffee is made - he compares the difference between our presso
and the french press; he loves watching the whole espresso machine at the coffee shop thing. He is also a kid that likes to 'go out for coffee' with me, but with a chocolate drink for him. How early can a kid safely start drinking coffee? [more inside]
posted by Megami
on May 9, 2014 -
I'd like to make tiramisu, which calls for espresso. But I'm not a coffee drinker, I don't keep coffee at home, and I don't own any coffee makers or espresso machines of any kind. What's the easiest way to get (make or buy) some espresso for my tiramisu recipe? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight
on May 2, 2014 -
Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible? [more inside]
posted by rubster
on Apr 15, 2014 -
Put hot water with coffee (in proportion) in a mason jar or a mug. Stir well. Immersion brew for 4 minutes (like you would in a french press). Pour the whole thing into a pourover cone lined with filter. What would/ is this style of brewing called? I can't find any info on this-- am I missing a memo somewhere? Is this too simple to be true? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman
on Mar 20, 2014 -
What is the vintage kitchen device in the corner in this picture
? It looks like a chrome football standing on three thin columns, with a spigot at the bottom. It appears to come apart into separate compartments, like a coffee maker. It says "Jet" near the spigot. I assume it is either a basket coffee maker or a percolator, but it doesn't appear to have an electric plug like I would expect for a stand percolator. I am unable to locate any information about this device on the internet. Is it possible to find one of my very own? [more inside]
posted by stopgap
on Mar 19, 2014 -
For the time being, I am deprived of freshly brewed coffee in the work place. This gives me a sad. So please recommend me the BEST instant coffee brand you have ever tasted. It needs to be available in the UK. Thanks guys!
posted by Ziggy500
on Mar 6, 2014 -
Are all moka pots made roughly equal? Does a real Bialetti produce any discernible difference compared to a cheap knock-off? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman
on Mar 5, 2014 -
I want to:
1) Try to cut plastic out of my life, at least in coming into contact with beverages I consume.
2) Get my own coffeemaker for my house that doesn't have plastic.
3) Find a solution for drinking water that a) doesn't come in plastic or b) is filtered properly. My city has elevated levels of hexavalent chromium (or chromium 6, the stuff from Erin Brockovich) and Pur faucet filters or even Brita pitchers can't filter that out. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover
on Mar 1, 2014 -
We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I would like to replace my mom's Gaggia espresso machine, but I am not sure if there are cheaper options out there that have all the features that she wants. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be.
on Jan 24, 2014 -
Might be the dumbest question ever, but I am unsure. Can I make hot water only using a coffee urn? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Jan 16, 2014 -
A friend just moved to Italy and has mentioned that almost all of the cafes in Milan and Rome now serve a product called Caffe al Ginseng (coffee with ginseng). Given Italy's status as one of the authentic and original coffee cultures, I was surprised to hear about the seaming popularity on this new offering. Can anyone shed some light on this coffee type? [more inside]
posted by beisny
on Jan 2, 2014 -
I would like to get some kind of coffee-related drink, but I'm not sure what I'd like. I like Kahlua & milk, and chocolate things, but when I've tried black coffee I haven't liked it. I will be heading to a Starbucks in the morning so please give me an idea of what I could order there. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Jan 1, 2014 -
I just received an espresso machine and am prone to buying $4 iced lattes every day. How can I duplicate the taste I love at home? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor
on Dec 16, 2013 -
I have some artwork that I want to put on coffee mugs for friends. Though I see a few DIY sites, I am not sure what resin to use to hold up in microwave so would like your recommendations on commercial sites. I may eventually do bulk orders if I decide to sell so if you have any recommendations that would be different for bulk orders, I am game for those suggestions as well. Vistaprint was around $20-25 after all was said and done.
Thanks, and enjoy your weekend.
posted by snap_dragon
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Does anyone know what the complex coffee drink is that either Scully or Mulder orders? I know I've seen it on t-shirts before and it's kind of an inside joke for fans. I'm not sure which character orders it unfortunately. I'm trying to make this a gift for a fan of the show. Thanks!
posted by sharkhunt
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Practical gifts, coffee edition: please direct me toward a travel mug which meets these criteria: 1. All components of the mug must be permanently affixed TO the mug (no fully-detachable lids/etc). 2. It must be difficult to tip over. 3. It must be dishwasher-safe. 4. It must be durable. [Backstory: Mr. Julthumbscrew has lost-lids-to/inadvertently-destroyed/wept-copiously-about hundreds of sub-par mugs; I want to get him ONE MUG TO RULE THEM ALL.]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I'd like to give a person some coffee beans from San Francisco-based roasters, but instead of just buying one full-size 12-16 oz bag of one specific kind, I'd like to put together a set of multiple kinds - for example, 4 oz each of four types of beans. Do any of this city's fancy coffee shops sell small sizes or gift sets like that? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade
on Nov 25, 2013 -
I am currently in Kuwait drinking something they call 'French coffee'. I like it a lot but I cannot figure out what it is and the internet isn't helping (nor is the waitress).
Its texture is mealy (unfintered), it's strong, there's a lot of sediment, no milk (none offered either), there seems to be a hint of sugar in it (was offered the option of extra when ordering) and it's served in a cup that is somewhat bigger than an espresso one but much smaller than an American coffee cup. It's definitely not Turkish coffee.
What is this stuff and how do I make it at home?
posted by Skyanth
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I am looking around for an espresso machine with which I can use my own coffee, not the pre-packaged (and overpriced) pods that come with Nespressos and the like. I could always use a Moku pot, but I want something a bit less labor intensive.
posted by zardoz
on Nov 6, 2013 -
I am quitting coffee; too intense on my stomach. Is it the caffeine? Does caffeine in tea operate differently? Looking for some good alternatives, besides the usual Green Tea. But getting a health benefit is always good.
posted by ebesan
on Oct 21, 2013 -
My wife and I are going to be in Zagreb for two weeks and we're looking for recommendations on things to do, places to see, and where to eat! [more inside]
posted by smitt
on Oct 8, 2013 -
There is this woman/lady/girl/gal who's often behind the register at a Chipotle I'm at 2-3 times per week after work. [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I just found out that starting October first, my partner's going to be working from home two days a week. This is going to be lovely for him, but less lovely for me--in part because he's a big coffee drinker, and I can't stand the smell. Help! [more inside]
posted by MeghanC
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for a sturdy travel mug that's easy to sip from and comfortable to hold. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Sep 19, 2013 -
Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
posted by Mngo
on Sep 9, 2013 -
My family (myself, my sister and our parents) are heading off shortly for a vacation in Rome, Italy. My family likes to write a lot; my parents are actually taking on online writing course at the moment, and I have a fair bit of writing to do for work. In the States we'd go hang out at a coffeehouse to get our daily wordcount in. What's the best place to get writing done in Rome? [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Sep 7, 2013 -
As far as I can tell, every Dunkin' Donuts has the same somewhat acrid smell. Is it just burned coffee? Some by-product of deep-frying donuts? Or do they spray it in as their signature scent? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I'm a latte/cappuccino drinker. I don't like black coffee very much; too intense and bitter for me. But this also means that while other people obsess over espresso brewing quality, I obsess over milk-frothing quality; the coffee quality itself is mostly wasted on me, but I am irate if I get a poorly frothed layer of milk. So I am looking for a good solution — either a machine or a combination of machines — that provides (1) espresso coffee, (2) superb steamed milk, and (3) is convenient to use. More below. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Aug 9, 2013 -
I really enjoy Coke. (Yes, the soda.) I need a sugar-free or lower-sugar alternative beverage to drink at work. It's for dental reasons, not diet. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Jul 29, 2013 -
Meeting a friend who has introduced me to the cool places in Center City, Philly. Now my turn to reciprocate. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by angrycat
on Jul 27, 2013 -