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Do You Have a Great Drip Coffee Maker? Tell Me About It.

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 - 25 answers

Help a non-coffee drinker buy a coffee maker?

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 - 21 answers

What to do with a few weekdays in Los Angeles?

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 - 17 answers

Decaf Anyone?

Need to switch to decaf coffee. Looking for some information. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jan 21, 2014 - 27 answers

Coffee in Italy Question

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 - 10 answers

Attempted Mugging

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 - 10 answers

What is French coffee.

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 - 19 answers

You Keep Me Hanging Oooooon ....

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 - 13 answers

Serving Espresso to a Crowd--multiple variables

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 - 29 answers

Will drinking my coffee very quickly reduce its desired effects?

I like my coffee hot, so I tend to drink it quickly - especially professionally-made stuff which tends to be not as hot as the coffee I drink at home. But is it important to drink it slowly to increase its effectiveness as a stimulant? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Conservation of Heat

I read a method for making iced coffee that set off my bullshit detector. The gist of it was "if you put ice in a bunch of hot coffee it will melt and you will have warm liquid", but! "if you brew drip coffee over a pot of ice, since there is only a small amount of hot coffee hitting the ice at each moment, you will have lots of cold coffee!". That's bunk, right? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jun 24, 2013 - 26 answers

Best Coffee Shops for Writing in DC?

I'm a writer and I like to write in coffee shops. I'm looking for a coffee shop in DC. I live in Logan Circle and work downtown, but don't mind taking the Metro or a bus anywhere. I'm looking for something a little more low-key than Tryst. Any suggestions? I'd like free wi-fi and a graduate student vibe. No need for anything fancy. This is where I used to go when I lived in Philadelphia and I'd like to find something similar. Thank you!
posted by melodykramer on Jun 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Where can I buy Cafe Du Monde coffee in Los Angeles?

Please advise. The closer to Hollywood the better. Thanks!
posted by MiaWallace on May 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Mug shot needed

Help me find a lightweight mug to drink my coffee out of. [more inside]
posted by afx237vi on May 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me optimize my Chemex production

My lust for a Chemex has finally been sated with my birthday this week. Please help me optimise my coffee production from this wonderful piece of apparatus. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Eggy coffee, egad!

Putting an egg in your coffee: is this a thing? In Havana the other day I acquired the Us Two Cook Book, by Jennie B. Williams, published in Toronto in 1924. The recipe for "COFFEE" begins "For each cup of water allow one heaping dessert-spoonful of finely ground coffee; put coffee in mixing bowl; add one egg (or half egg)..." [more inside]
posted by londongeezer on May 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Searching for an image: prices & business costs on a coffeeshop sign

Sometime in the last week or two I saw (on Twitter? On Tumblr?) an image of a chalkboard coffeeshop sign. In addition to the regular menu & prices, it had a breakdown of costs (ingredients, supplies, overhead) and broke out how much profit the store was making. At least that's how it is in my memory, which might be mistaken. Can you find me this image (and attribution, if possible)? [more inside]
posted by feckless on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Great Coffee Blogs

Help me find some great coffee blogs. They could be practical how to type blogs, coffee shop reviews or straight up coffee porn. Bonus points for anything with a UK focus.
posted by u17tw on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for the perfect press

Hi, all. This should be fairly short, so here goes: While suffering through the Influenza of 2013, I ended up watching a ton of episodes of Danger Man on DVD, only to become entranced with this particular object, which I've made a screenshot of. [more inside]
posted by Minus215Cee on Feb 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me Froth my Almond Milk!

In an effort to healthify, I've replaced milk in my coffee with almond milk (unsweetened vanilla). It is awesome and yummy. I've taken to using my aerolatte to whip it into a tasty froth before adding my coffee. Add a little cinnamon on top and magic happens. So this worked great until my last purchase of almond milk (pure almond from Silk). It Will Not Froth! MY QUESTIONS: 1. Why won't it froth? 2. Could the absence of Carrageenan be the cause? 3. Should I worry about the presence of Carrageenan in my nut milk?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Share your Aeropress strategy or favorite Aeropress trick!

Share your Aeropress strategy or favorite Aeropress trick! Hello! I've been using my Aeropress more and more and I am totally in love with it. It really does brew an amazing cup. I'm learning that everyone has a different preference for how they use their aeropress, though, from the temperature of the water to the amount/brand/etc of the bean, to the type of grinder (burr, etc)... to other factors that I don't even know about. [more inside]
posted by dep on Jan 3, 2013 - 18 answers

A long shot for a long shot?

Can I use my espresso maker without a metal filter? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 25, 2012 - 5 answers

No really, I need a microwaveable travel mug

Yes, I know, another travel mug question. But I have different special requirements! And it HAS TO be microwaveable! [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 19, 2012 - 18 answers

How to get French Press coffee without the cholesterol

My parents have decided to replace their french press due to concerns about cholesterol. Previously . I want to get them a paper filter based coffee maker that makes 4 or more cups of coffee at a time. The other constraint is that the machine has to be shorter than 14 inches so it fits under their cupboards. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Dec 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to work tonight?

Help me find non-Starbucks coffee shops open late on Sundays in Chicago! [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Beans Don't Burr in the Grinder

Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to buy shade-grown organic coffee?

Coffee drinkers! Can you help me source shade-grown organic coffee (I'm not interested in certification, but rather in those principles) from a US roaster that will roast and ship to me within 24 hours? Your personal recommendations only, please. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Oct 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Oh iced coffee, why you make me feel this way?

I drink iced coffee from Starbucks once or twice a week. My standard order is a grande with two Splendas and 2% milk. I've noticed that by the time I get to the end of my drink I have that shaky and empty feeling that usually means my blood sugar is low. I don't notice any particular sugar/caffeine high while I'm drinking it. I usually sip on it while I'm working at the computer, so it takes about 45 minutes to finish the drink. What could be causing the sugar-crash feeling? Is it all in my head? [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead on Aug 17, 2012 - 30 answers

K-Cup Drink Recommendations

K-Cup Keurig Coffee Maker Drinks: what are the best quality, most caffeine, lowest price K-Cup drinks. I got this sampler and it's good. But I want more for my office - best caffeine for the buck is what my folks want. Any other K-Cup usage hints, tricks, tips welcome as well.
posted by artlung on Aug 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Does “snorting” coffee enhance its effects?

Does running brewed coffee through your sinuses and nasal passage enhance its effect? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh man, I frapped it up : (

How can I make my homemade frappes less watery? And more like Starbuck's frappes? What's their secret?! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jul 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Fresh coffee at home for one moderate coffee drinker?

I like coffee a lot, but I don't like a lot of coffee. How to I have fresh coffee when I'm just making a cup or two for myself occassionally? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Jun 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Caffeine thy name is C8H10N4O2, now get in my belly!

DripCoffeeFilter: Help me find a great drip coffeemaker. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me feed my coworkers to prevent them from mutinying.

Where can I pick up coffee/breakfast for a dozen people before 6AM tomorrow in Japantown/Lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Apr 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine?

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Jan 21, 2012 - 14 answers

what was the historical buzz?

Were there stimulant drinks or foods in Europe before the arrival of coffee and tea from Asia and Africa? If so, what were they, and who had access to them? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Gal Seeks Friends in Seattle

Looking for the friendliest coffee houses in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Broken Keurig

I have a Keurig B31. I love it, but it's already not working right after just a week of use. The problem comes when I put water into the resevoir, open up the head to put in a cup, close the head (which should then allow me to brew) but instead leads back to a cycle where it keeps asking me to add water, then open the head. When it's finally ready to brew it makes about half of what it should, and it also seems like there's water building up in the reservoir (which, according to the guide, shouldn't happen as each brew should empty whatever is in the reservoir). Is there anything I can do to reset the machine or otherwise make it work correctly? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jan 3, 2012 - 12 answers

This tastes gross.

Coffee tastes weird: confirmation bias, or something else? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Coffee stir-sticks

Is the wide end of a disposable coffee-stirrer meant for holding or stirring? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Dec 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Growing Arabica in the mountains really necessary?

Was the notion in the 1980s that "mountain grown" coffee was a way to sell deforestation-causing coffee B.S.? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 25, 2011 - 6 answers

No more staticky coffee grounds

What can I do to reduce static cling on my glass coffee grinder hopper so less coffee sticks to the sides and makes a big mess? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 11, 2011 - 20 answers

How to use a stove top espresso maker?

Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Nov 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Boiling Point

What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Oct 27, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I better store half & half?

I like my coffee--enough that I just drink one good cup a day. (I make it with an Aeropress.) Since it's just one cup, I don't feel shy about adding half & half. Ultra-pasteurized h&h has a sell-by date that can be a month out or more. I thought I'd be smart and make it easier to store and pour by putting it in a glass container. It's this GlassLock container. After four or five days, the h&h starts to separate. What should last for weeks more goes bad almost right away. This has happened with several brands of h&h, and I've certainly washed the container well. Does anyone have a guess on why this is happening? Any suggestions on a container (you've tried yourself) that does work well for storing half & half?
posted by fishpatrol on Oct 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Does coffee stunt a person's growth

Does coffee stunt your growth. [more inside]
posted by philllip on Sep 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Kona Coffee Recommendations?

Visiting the big island in Hawaii, and I'm a coffee lover. Any recommendations on which specific coffee plantations I should visit in the Kailuna-Kona region? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Sep 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Perky without Coffee?

Will I be as perky without coffee? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Aug 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Why am I suddenly more sensitive to caffeine?

I have noticed over the last week that my sensitivity to caffeine seems to have dramatically increased. Normally, drinking coffee would have no major effects except making me slightly more awake / alert you would expect. But over the last fortnight, it seems that even drinking even a single cup of coffee has become quite unpleasant. 45 minutes later i will feel dramatically over-energised and find concentration difficult and drinking a cup of coffee after dinner at 7.30 will leave me unable to get to sleep until 1:30 or 2am. Is this a health issue? Is it likely that my body will adapt back over time (I do like the taste of coffee and would like to keep drinking it if possible) or should I switch to decaf coffee or a lower caffeinated drink like tea? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Aug 27, 2011 - 18 answers

The coffee, it burns!

Where can I find this specific style of coffee mug and what is it called? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

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