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Start them young

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]
posted by Megami on May 9, 2014 - 32 answers

Making coffee/espresso at home for tiramisu recipe

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]
posted by danceswithlight on May 2, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me find a nice espresso/coffee machine.

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]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Jan 24, 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

Can you help me make Starbucksy drinks at home?

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]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Dec 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Pod-free espresso machine?

I am looking around for an espresso machine with which I can use my own coffee, not the pre-packaged (and overpriced) pods that come with Nespressos and the like. I could always use a Moku pot, but I want something a bit less labor intensive.
posted by zardoz on Nov 6, 2013 - 25 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

Great latte without the expensive machine?

I'm a latte/cappuccino drinker. I don't like black coffee very much; too intense and bitter for me. But this also means that while other people obsess over espresso brewing quality, I obsess over milk-frothing quality; the coffee quality itself is mostly wasted on me, but I am irate if I get a poorly frothed layer of milk. So I am looking for a good solution — either a machine or a combination of machines — that provides (1) espresso coffee, (2) superb steamed milk, and (3) is convenient to use. More below. [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 9, 2013 - 31 answers

How should I prepare this amazing coffee?

Hi there, 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 - 10 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

Super-automatic coffee terrific happy hour

I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Feb 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Please help me buy a fancy espresso machine for my husband!

What's the best automatic espresso machine under $500? [more inside]
posted by FuzzyVerde on Nov 23, 2011 - 20 answers

Table top coffee milk steamer for cappuccino

Hey Guys, I have a mypressi, which is a portable C02 powered espresso machine. It seems to work pretty good, but the included milk frother does not produce a true milk froth which you would expect to get when you order a cappuccino. I found the linked video on youtube and became intriqued with the steamer/water heater setup he was using. Does anyone know who manufactures that steamer? I have found a stove top model online while searching, but not the electric one used in the video. Any help would be awesome. Thanks guys and gals! Youtube Video Link ~Craig
posted by Craiggy83 on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 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

i wanna be a barista, lalala.

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]
posted by ddaavviidd on Sep 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Drink the best, mess with the rest

No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
posted by racingjs on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Frothy caffeinated goodness

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]
posted by jeather on Sep 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Heating up milk at the office

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]
posted by pourtant on May 19, 2011 - 31 answers

Plastic free single serve espresso

Single serving espresso maker that is plastic free? [more inside]
posted by mbird on Feb 21, 2011 - 9 answers

What kind of coffee beans should I try?

What kind of coffee beans should I try? And where? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 19, 2011 - 33 answers

Gone off coffee, want back in

I love coffee, but it's getting hard for me to find coffee I like which doesn't break the bank or make me ill. Dark roasts smell like burnt sweat socks to me, and lighter roasts are too acidic/sour. I used to be okay with medium-to-light roasts that were "breakfast blends" or which were nutty/chocolatey/spicy rather than fruity/winey (according to the vendor's descriptions) but lately that system has let me down and all coffee seems too acidic/sour. Why have I "gone off" coffee, and what other coffee (bean/roast/brewing method) should I try? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Nov 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Thoroughly cleaning a pump espresso machine

I am borrowing a La Pavoni Europiccola (an Italian pump espresso machine) from someone who is not using it. In fact, it had been sitting in storage for about 5 years with water in the boiler. How can I really thoroughly clean it? [more inside]
posted by advil on Aug 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Espresso machine pump got noisy

Espresso machine pump has become noisy...aargh. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Aug 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Meow! Espresso?!

What's the difference between an espresso blend and regular whole bean coffee? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Can I order a long espresso at an American Starbucks?

Why can Starbucks in Canada pull a long shot, while Starbucks in America cannot? [more inside]
posted by monkeymike on Aug 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Mad Coffee Skills?

How can I learn to be a barista? Preferably for free? Or better yet, get paid to do so? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 10, 2010 - 29 answers

Be a better barista

Barista classes in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Apr 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me get my cheap espresso on

Help me choose a cheap espresso machine. I know, I know...contradiction in terms. Bear with me... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Mar 17, 2010 - 35 answers

Houston's best espresso and vintage clothing?

Houston! Caffeinate and clothe me, please. Can you recommend your best espresso and thrift/consignment shopping? (I'm going to be staying not far from the Menil.) [more inside]
posted by minervous on Mar 11, 2010 - 13 answers

What's a great travel mug for espresso?

I make a double espresso most mornings and take it in the car to go. I have some good travel mugs, but they are huge. The smallest I've seen lately are 14-16 ounces, and many are even much bigger. I'd really like a smaller one, maybe 6-8 ounces, or whatever size would be good for a double espresso. Are there any good small ones you've tried?
posted by scottso17 on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

...like I like my women: unobtainable.

Does anyone know how to make good espresso with an Alex Duetto II espresso machine? I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut on Feb 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Macchine per caffè?

What type of espresso machine is this? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

How to properly use Stella Cappuccina Espresso pot?

How to best use this Stella Cappuccina Espresso stovetop maker? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Jan 2, 2010 - 5 answers

half a coffee pot

How to make half a pot of coffee from a cafetera? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Dec 7, 2009 - 11 answers

A dark, rich cup of coffee creme, please!

What makes European coffee different from American coffee? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 30, 2009 - 32 answers

Your favorite espresso maker

My espresso maker just gave up the ghost, after 15 years of great coffee and service. What's a really dependable, good new machine to purchase? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Sep 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Where can I find these cool and comfy chairs in TO?

Where can I find chairs like the ones at Aroma Espresso Bar in Toronto (pic). They're really comfortable and I want some for my apartment. Need not be an exact match, the cheaper the better.
posted by JPDD on Aug 22, 2009 - 6 answers

One (double) shot deal.

Where is to be had the best espresso in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor on Aug 11, 2009 - 17 answers

What's the best coffee machine setup for the occasional espresso drinker?

I drink an espresso a day and two or three cappuccinos a week. I want to get a new coffee machine. [more inside]
posted by insouciant on Jul 8, 2009 - 15 answers

You dont get how important this is to me. Or maybe you do.

When I use my stove-top espresso maker on a propane stove, it doesn't work well, but when I use it on a natural gas stove it works great. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Jul 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Is espresso hot chocolate impossible?

Chocolate espresso - impossible? I want to make espresso hot chocolate, but after reading up it seems as though it's not doable. At all. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by goo on Jun 6, 2009 - 23 answers

What can I do with my broken espresso machine?

I have a Francis Francis! X5 espresso machine that I would like to sell. The problem is that it's the one referred to in this question, meaning it doesn't work. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Espresso Con Panna will bow to my will

Help me become a kick ass Barista. [more inside]
posted by toni_jean on Apr 22, 2009 - 23 answers

CoffeeFilter: Cheap descale/decalc solution for my coffee machine?

Is there a cheaper alternative to the manufacturer-recommended descale solutions used to decalcify coffee/espresso machines???? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Jan 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Delonghi Ec5 Espresso machine

How much water do I put in my Delonghi Ec5 Espresso machine? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Dec 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Coffee help!

Good/great espresso on the cheap... possible? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Sep 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Espresso My World

Where Can I Buy A $80-$120 Espresso Machine in San Francisco (I live in SOMA) Tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jul 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Barista elbow?!

Help! I am a barista and my elbow hurts! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by waltzing astronomers on Jun 11, 2008 - 24 answers

Cheap Beans, Rich Flavor.

What's a good whole bean coffee I can buy in bulk online on a college student budget? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jun 1, 2008 - 18 answers

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