I need to replace my annoying old plastic travel mug. Can you recommend a travel mug that's friendly to baristas/coffeeshop servers/other hot liquid handling people? Also, I would love to hear any travel mug etiquette tips or best practices for handing them back and forth between customer and server. [more inside]
I'm burning out on making coffee at home. Too much fuss. Too much mess. Too much money. It's become way too cluttered and way too annoying. I don't wanna be my own imitation barista. I just want coffee. I've reached my limit with all the measuring, weighing, preheating, prewetting, timing folderol. [more inside]
I drink mostly bad gas station coffee. A few times, I've had coffee from proper coffee shops that tastes a bit tangy. I really like this. What is it that gives the coffee this tanginess/slight-sourness? How do I make this at home? [more inside]
I have a Mr. Coffee brand thermal coffee maker (model PSTX) that I have had for a year and just doesn't do a good job keeping the coffee hot after it brews. When I first pour a cup after it brews it is hot enough, but when I go back after about 15 minutes it is just warm - I have to put it in the microwave to heat it back up to drink. [more inside]
I've lost the espresso sieve of my 20 year old espresso maker. Where can I get a replacement? It's 67mm wide and from a German Krups 988 Espresso Maker Novo 2000 – but I assume somewhere on the Interwebs, there's someone selling a filter for any machine. Where? Here's a schematic: http://imgur.com/a/q7CUQ . And yes, my Google Fu failed me, I've tried several hours.
Here in Halifax, transit drivers won't let you on the bus with a coffee unless it is in a travel mug. While I think this is pretty repugnant, I am tired of wasting a third of an americano when the bus arrives faster than I anticipate. After taking a stab myself, I am turning to you, the good people of MetaFilter, for a 12 oz. travel mug recommendation. [more inside]
Is a coffee maker with built-in grinder a good idea? What brands/models are best? [more inside]
I want to give my wife a variety of flavors of coffee and coffee flavorings for Christmas. She has no interest in quality, she is a connoisseur of what I like to call "shitty, super sweet coffee." Help me find some different flavorings and options to make her mind reel with the delicious possibilities! ($120 total gift limit) [more inside]
I'm looking for a good online resource to stay up to date with the goings-on in the fancy coffee world so I can be a better informed and conscious online consumer of roasted beans. [more inside]
I dearly love my coffee and enjoy the rituals of brewing at home, which I'm pretty serious about, but in my limited attempts to date I haven't had a lot of success making cold brew that measures up to what I can buy from a good coffee shop. How do you make cold brew, and how happy are you with the results? [more inside]
I'm looking for evidence-based information about the health effects of coffee. [more inside]
I made some cold brew coffee according to a video I saw online. Basically add water and coffee grounds and leave in the fridge overnight. However, I actually forgot about it and left it for a few weeks. Is it still safe to drink? Or should I dump it?
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]
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]
Looking for recommendations for an espresso / cappuccino maker that does all the things, including also making regular coffee. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
What causes the crema on Nescafe Espresso Instant? The ingredients list only 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]
Why does almond milk curdle in my cold brew? [more inside]
I cheaped out and got bad coffee beans. I'm a coffee snob - can I save this coffee? [more inside]
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]
Show me the last word in vacuum-insulated travel mugs for coffee. Specific requirements within. [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
After an unexpectedly delicious cup of cold press, I find myself wondering how to improve my coffee-making and coffee-selection. Suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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]
I remember a plane crash that was caused by coffee spilling onto some cracked material inside a plane...was this real? [more inside]
Why does the same level of caffeine affect me differently in different beverages? [more inside]
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.
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.
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?
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]
I wanna eat a coffee bar. Does it exist?? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
How clean should I be keeping my french press? Help me overthink a plate of (coffee) beans. [more inside]
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]
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 . . .?