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]
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?
I have a milk frothing wand, a little baby moka pot, milk, and espresso ground coffee. Now what? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
Where can I find this gorgeous heavy-bottomed shotglas-like vessel? The photo was taken by a photographer for a Sprudge article; I pinged Sprudge on Twitter but haven't heard anything from them. Do you recognize it?
What kind of behavior do sexually charged food-service businesses expect, and welcome, from their customers? [more inside]
We are looking for a nice place to study in the mornings. Should be within a mile of the Rosslyn metro stop. Preferably they should be open by 7:00am, reasonably quiet, have wifi, and a comfortable temperature. We like Capital City Cheesecake, if that helps. Is the Plaza Branch Library decent? [more inside]
What's the difference between the various Nespresso machines? [more inside]
When I turn my coffeemaker on, it acts like it's in the final stage of brewing (the loud gurgly part when all the steam comes out) the entire time. It results in painfully slow coffee brewing. Also, the end result is much less volumetrically than it should be -- I'll put 12 cups of water into the carafe, and get maybe 8 cups of coffee. What gives? [more inside]
As a life-long heavy coffee drinker rivaling the Gilmore girls, about two months ago I switched to tea. I still start each day with a delicious strong cup of coffee, then switch to tea for the rest of the day. But a weird thing happened: I don't feel energized after the coffee, and it's not until my first cup of tea (whether green or black) that I feel awake. Is it the different ways caffeine act in coffee as opposed to tea? Is it psychological? What could explain this? [more inside]
I'll be in Seattle for 48 hours (Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon) for a brief leg of a solo trip. Help me structure my time there for maximum wandery enjoyable urban exploration, with perhaps a little bit of hiking thrown in? [more inside]
I've found great music and open mics in NYC, but exclusively at bars. I miss the coffee house music of my college days, where I could sip a chai instead of a beer in a laid back atmosphere. [more inside]
Odor sensitive person seeks travel coffee mug that won't accumulate funk. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Coffee has lost its perk. Tea is far too mellow. Looking for something new to spice up my morning [more inside]
Having been thoroughly won over to the pour-over brewing method after experiencing excellent cups of coffee at local cafes, I am now trying to decide which pour-over method/equipment to start using at home. [more inside]
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.
I love love LOVE Starbucks' Casi Cielo coffee. Unfortunately, it's only available in the winter. Help me find something similar! [more inside]
I am desperately seeking a reliable coffee maker that makes a decent cup. What are your suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
What are the hippest (to the point of painfully hip) coffee shops that you know in DC? [more inside]
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]
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]
I would like to get Mr. BlahLaLa a new coffee maker. Bonus difficulty: I don't drink coffee. [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
I need a new coffee maker. Here are my requirements, in order of importance: [more inside]
Are all moka pots made roughly equal? Does a real Bialetti produce any discernible difference compared to a cheap knock-off? [more inside]
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]
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.
I've got three mornings to kill in San Francisco. What should I do? [more inside]
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]
Need to switch to decaf coffee. Looking for some information. [more inside]
What is the reason for pushing the filter down on a French coffee press in stages rather than in one single motion? [more inside]
Might be the dumbest question ever, but I am unsure. Can I make hot water only using a coffee urn? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]