I'm trying to improve my husband's coffee experience with a birthday gift. His number one issue is that hot drinks get cold too quickly. He also doesn't totally love having two things to clean up (french press + coffee cup). So I thought I'd get him something nifty to solve these problems. Does anyone have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jul 21, 2013 -
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 -
I’m not sure what I should be expecting anymore. How I feel, energy-wise, especially in the morning, varies quite a bit depending on... well, so many factors I can't keep track of them all. I want to know what I should be aiming for as I work with my doctors (or, perhaps, hoping for at some indefinite point in the future if I can't influence it now). [more inside]
posted by mock muppet
on Jun 28, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
Please advise. The closer to Hollywood the better. Thanks!
posted by MiaWallace
on May 29, 2013 -
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 -
Is there any coffee similar to Starbucks' "ready brew
" that is not Starbucks?
Basically, I am looking for the dead-simple coffee experience that Starbucks offers without using Starbucks coffee: open a packet of finely ground coffee, dump it in a mug, add water, stick it in a microwave for four minutes, add some milk. Done.
I don't want Keurig cups or any other kind of cup that needs a separate machine, etc. I don't care about fair trade, flavor (as long as its not burnt), or price. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman
on May 18, 2013 -
Is there a chilean coffee industry? My western European work colleague says she's heard of chilean coffee and that it's supposed to be very good, but as a chilean I've never heard of it, ever
. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 8, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
When I lived in Chicago, there was a great late-night coffee shop called New Wave Cafe in Logan Square that was perfect for after-work writing. I've been having a hard time finding a similar spot since moving to NYC. It doesn't need to be a coffee shop, but it does need to be well-lit enough that I can read, and calm enough that I won't be seen as preventing the establishment from doing business. Bonus points if the place has a neighborhood-y feel with a friendly staff. I live in Greenpoint, work in SoHo, and usually commute via bicycle over the Williamsburg Bridge. Any suggestions, Metafilter?
posted by eustacescrubb
on Mar 31, 2013 -
On a recent trip to Oslo I bought a bag of these espresso coffee beans
from a fantastic coffee shop. This is probably a stupid question, but is it possible to make non-espresso strength coffee with these? If so, how should I do it? Obviously I need to grind the beans first, and, if it helps, I have a cafetiere and aeropress. Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome
on Mar 21, 2013 -
We want to be able to brew regular coffee but also steam and froth milk and make espresso for drinks like lattes and mochas. Is there 1 machine that can do both?
posted by mola
on Mar 12, 2013 -
My sister is going to be staying with us for two months, to help my wife and I with our newborn. I adore my sister, but she is vile in the morning before her coffee. Unfortunately we do not live remotely close to a nice coffee house. We are tea drinkers, so we have none of the appropriate 'stuff'.
How can I provide her with a good coffee experience at minimal cost? I know she usually orders a caramel mocha of some sort. [more inside]
posted by i am a sock puppeteer
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Two days ago, I decided to cut down on my caffeine intake drastically. I now feel super duper out of it and fatigued, plus I have headaches (I never get headaches!).
I would like to hear personal anecdotes from others regarding their experiences with caffeine withdrawal, so I know for sure that what I am feeling is not just in my head. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Mar 6, 2013 -
How do I order a Spanish-style cafe con leche at a US espresso bar? I can't seem to get the proportions right. What I'm looking for is a high ratio of espresso to milk, but not too high. The milk should be hot, not frothy at all. Cappucicinos, cafe au laits, and lattes all have too much milk. Today I tried to describe what I wanted and they gave me a "short cappuccino," which was not enough milk, and the milk was foamed instead of flat. A specific name for this drink would be great, if it exists, but what I really want is the exact ordering instructions -- because I find that in most cafes, ordering anything slightly unusual (like an Americano) usually gets very inconsistent results.
posted by yarly
on Feb 23, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is it possible to buy an insulated mug/single serving thermos that is flat, eg, like a liquor flask? (Or at least flatter than the norm.) [more inside]
posted by biffa
on Jan 20, 2013 -
My dog ate nearly a pound of coffee beans. The vet gave him some drugs to get him to vomit them up. (He'll be fine.) The beans came up largely whole/intact, and they... bagged them up for us. If we were to rinse the beans, grind, and brew them, what's the worst that happens? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I love coffee, and I have it every morning. But I live with only one other person, my girlfriend, and she doesn't drink coffee in the morning. And most mornings I drink 1 cup, at most 2. So it makes little sense for me to brew a pot. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I don't drink coffee and most of my friends don't either, but I'd like to be able to offer a nice cup to occasional visitors who do drink coffee. What type of small-scale coffee maker would be a good choice: some kind of drip and filter method? French press? Should I buy a small amount of decent quality ground coffee and hope that it keeps well between coffee drinkers? (And what would be a safe, crowd-pleasing choice?) Or should I just forget offering potentially mediocre coffee and offer everyone tea and tisanes?
posted by The True Wheel
on Jan 13, 2013 -
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 -
CoffeeFilter: Why does drinking coffee prevent me from getting headaches? Is there another substance that has the same headache-relieving properties, but without the stimulating effects of caffeine. [more inside]
posted by deadwax
on Dec 19, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
Can anyone recommend a great brand of coffee that will aid me in drinking my coffee black rather than with cream and sugar? [more inside]
posted by incandissonance
on Dec 15, 2012 -
[Philly/Internet coffee beans filter]
Help me get some good coffee beans! I had the best coffee of my life at Kopplin's
when I was in Minneapolis this summer. Problem? I live in Philly. I bought a bag of beans from Kopplin's, and they recently ran out. I've been sampling coffee from the local roasters in Philly, and (to me) they taste like crap. I'm also of the Starbucks > Dunkin Donuts mentality. Where can I get some beans to my liking, either locally or on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune
on Dec 13, 2012 -
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 -
Friendly with the staff at 85C? Or great with coffee recipes? My husband LOOOOOOVES the iced sea salt coffee at 85C Bakery. Since there are only 2 locations in SoCal (Irvine & Hacienda Heights), and we live in NorCal, I'd love to get the recipe to surprise him with a homemade version of the iced sea salt coffee to wake up to on his birthday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 3, 2012 -
Need advice on the Do's and Don'ts of coffee dates, and how to keep conversation flowing. [more inside]
posted by Snorlax
on Nov 24, 2012 -
Where can I (or can I?) order *one* heat changing coffee mug that displays one custom message when cold and another, slightly different custom message when filled with hot liquid? Google returns only "blank revealing custom image" mugs. Is this even possible? Maybe you can't put regular ink under changing ink? Screenprinting scientists: give me the scoop before I wear my googling fingers to the bone.
posted by lilnublet
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Am I wasting coffee? I have a tiny single serving french press. It can fit 16 ounces of water when filled to the brim completely. I've been using 3 tablespoons of coffee. Is that way too much or am I just throwing money down the drain?
posted by mamamia88
on Nov 9, 2012 -
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 -
Help me find a great writing spot in Toronto, with some very specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by lizifer
on Oct 25, 2012 -
How can I make a fantastic cup of coffee at my desk at work? What equipment do I need? [more inside]
posted by kendrak
on Aug 20, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
Does running brewed coffee through your sinuses and nasal passage enhance its effect? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Jul 25, 2012 -