I've recently been forced to switch to decaf because of medical issues (supraventricular tachycardia). I have no interest in giving up coffee completely, and I really enjoy my one cup of decaf per day. I think I'd enjoy it more, though, if I knew I were having the best decaf I could get my hands on. What are the best decaf beans available in Canada? [more inside]
Why am I almost always trembling, shaking, or shivering? [more inside]
What is the minimum water temperature that will give me enough caffeine / taste from french-pressed coffee grounds? [more inside]
Our office of around 10 people is in desperate need of a better coffee-making setup. [more inside]
Coffee grounds or coffee grinds? [more inside]
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?
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
Does coffee stunt your growth. [more inside]
No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
Since discontinuing my beloved Starbucks Breakfast Blend for my Tassimo coffee maker I have been lacking in one of my favorite rituals... the cup before work. None of the other coffee brands seem to stack up, not even close. It maybe a silly question to waste on an askme, but has any other MeFi fan of the former Starbucks selection found a respectable alternative coffee for their Tassimo machine? My machine is now way underused. Note to Starbucks and Tassimo: thanks for letting down your customer base. Booo...Hiss.
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]
I want an espresso maker. I like plain espresso shots, and I like frothy milk drinks. I am entirely undecided if I want to go for expensive does-everything-for-you-but-drink-it or inexpensive. I don't have a wide space for it (deep, not wide). I would like something that will last, and I don't want pods and I do not want a Moka pot. I will buy a burr grinder if the machine doesn't do the grinding for me. [more inside]
Help name my coffee bean company. I'm very excited about this new venture that I just embarked on. I have all the logistics in place, but I'm still missing a Big piece of the puzzle, the name of the company. My choice for the name was " Una Voce "(one voice), because part of this venture will be to give back to the communities that produce the finest Coffee Beans in the world. These communities still lack some fundamental basics, like clean drinkable water, medical facilities, schooling for both children and adults. I will be funneling back some of the profits to improve the lives of our fellow humans. Two other names that I was thinking about were "One World" or "Human Beans". None of the names I have liked have received positive feedback, so I turn to you. I will keep everyone here posted on my decision and Thanks in Advance.
Will I be as perky without coffee? [more inside]
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]
Why is the coffee at Whole Foods so delicious? [more inside]
Is there any way to mitigate or delay the laxative effects of drinking coffee? Asking for a friend whose workplace only has portable toilets. [more inside]
If I drink normal coffee in the day and decaf at night, I sometimes still end up feeling like I have drank too much normal coffee. Why is this? [more inside]
Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste? [more inside]
I am about to spend the weekend in Brisbane, Australia. What can I do for fun? Where is the good coffee? What are the good restaurants? Quirky shops...? We won't have a car and are staying in the city. Open to all your suggestions. Thank you.
What is wrong with coffee these days and why can't I get a freakin' french roast in a DC cafe? [more inside]
Where can I find this specific style of coffee mug and what is it called? [more inside]
This doesn't look like $265 of laboratory glassware, but that could be because I don't know the first thing about buying laboratory glassware beyond buying some $5 borosilicate flasks once for making yeast starters, and ignorance breeds confidence. How would one go about effectively replicating this device with off-the-shelf components from an online lab supplier? Extra lives for links!
I like drinking out of teeny tiny cups. If drinking a beverage involves repeatedly pouring it out of a large container into a cup that holds like 5 sips, I'm into it. Please tell me every conceivable example of this. [more inside]
I am looking for a specific type of coffee maker and hoping you have one that you love! I do not want a French press or other, similar, maker; nor do I want the style that uses those little cups (Krups). I do want a smaller drip machine that I can limit to 2 cups (4 cups max is fine), that works efficiently, and doesn't cost a ton of money. Something that also grinds beans would be fine but I understand that might make the cost a lot higher. [more inside]
Where in Costa Rica do we buy great coffee beans? [more inside]
How can I heat up milk for my coffee at work and without a microwave or stovetop? Is there some kind of stand-alone gadget that will heat (not just froth) milk, while being office-appropriate? [more inside]
What methods have you successfully used to cut down or quit taking caffeine? [more inside]
Why won't my moka pot (italian stovetop coffee maker) make me a decent cup of coffee? half of the water seems to be unable to come up from the bottom part to turn itself into delicious, morning-saving coffee. [more inside]
I'm about to spend a few weeks in Ottawa and I'm looking for a coffee shop to spend some time. Can anyone suggest a few for me? [more inside]
My sister is turning 40 soon. Can you help me find a good gift to give her? [more inside]
Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder? [more inside]
I'm looking to find some iPhone apps related to coffee and coffee culture. What are some of your favourites? [more inside]
Help me find a specific Caribbean souvenir mug that I saw while visiting St. Lucia in January. [more inside]
I'd love to hear anything you know about vacuum coffee brewers. I watched this video, and it just looks sweet and fun to make. I've looked a bit online, but I live in Portland, Oregon in case anyone has bought one here in town. [more inside]
Seattle cafes WITHOUT free wi-fi? [more inside]
I have a 20-oz Starbucks Tervis tumbler. I want to replace the lid/straw with a "travel lid" since I'm trying to go straw-free. I see travel lids for the 24 oz. Tervis tumblers and I wonder if the 24 oz. lid would fit. Anyone got the 24 oz tumbler? What's the lid diameter/circumference (my cup diameter is ~9.5 cm)? Anyone else find another lid for the special-snowflake Starbucks 20 oz. tumbler?>
Coffee grounds in my french press—disposing of them. Am I missing something? [more inside]
Those high-rises in center city, Philadelphia: Are there coffeeshops in any of them? I want to spend less than $5 on a drink and then do some programming for a couple hours with an incredible view. In lieu of that, other ideas?
What song's lyrics contain a reference to a "#4 Melitta filter"? [more inside]
Could someone please help me name the font that is on this label from some non-dairy creamer at work?
Best study spots, particularly late-night, in and around Chicago? [more inside]
My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
What are your favorite Fairway coffee beans? We shop at Fairway regularly, like their coffee but haven't settled into a handful of favorite choices. Opinions?
There's been a few great threads on travel mugs, but what I need is the perfect large desk mug. [more inside]
Tell me about café culture in Montreal... [more inside]
Where to find Bustelo Instant in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
What's the best way to get an exact (or close enough) replica of the sign in this screenshot? [more inside]