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Questions on the process of turning coffee beans into a beverage.

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What is coffee bloom

I make drip coffee (pour over for North Americans) at home and I would like to know: what exactly is coffee bloom? When I pour the initial amount of water the grounds swell up, and sometimes there is ...
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How can I figure out how much caffeine is in my cup?

I haven't been able to find a good way to approximate the amount of caffeine in the coffee I make. Googling yields information like this Mayo Clinic article that mixes serving sizes and brewing ...
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Triple heating of the Turkish coffee

As a follow up on this discussion of Turkish preparation, I'm wondering how to do the triple heating. This refers to the repeating sequence of heating the coffee in a cezve, and then letting it cool ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

My new job has me buying my own coffee for the first time in my professional career. I'm amazed at the amount of coffee I consume. I brew at my desk using an aeropress. Has anyone tried to use the ...
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How does the temperature of the water affect the taste of the coffee

Many methods of brewing coffee differ in the temperature of the water among other factors. Some people swear by cold-brewing, others do slow pour overs with piping hot water. How exactly is coffee ...
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Procedure for making a Caffe Americano

When making a Caffe Americano, does it matter whether you put the hot water or espresso in first? This is not a complicated drink to make, but I've seen it prepared both ways. If it does matter, why ...
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What do I need to start cold-brewing?

After reading Cory Doctorow's Homeland, I started wondering about making my own coldbrew; it sounds delicious :) What do I need to start my own cold-brew?
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Could preparation method make coffee more acidic?

This is more of a vague feeling than something I'm sure of, but from the many cups I've drunk, I have a feeling that when prepared in a french press, my coffee tastes a little more sour/acidic, ...
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Why does the filtrate sometimes well up in the upper cone when using the Chemex coffeemaker

When using the glass-handled 6-cup Chemex like this one: and the appropriate Chemex conical paper filter, the filtrate (liquid that has passed through the coffee and the filter) sometimes wells up ...
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When making a long black, how long should hot water cool before adding espresso before combining?

A long black is made by pouring espresso into hot water-- effectively the reverse of an americano. Is there an ideal amount of time, or an ideal temperature, at which the hot water should be allowed ...
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What is the science (if any) behind bulletproof coffee?

Over the past few years I've been slowly starting to dabble in the caffeinated arts. I'm far from being knowledgeable, but I'm definitely very curious about this favourite beverage of mine. So, I ...
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What is the background of brewing coffee with eggs?

I hope the question isn't too broad or fuzzy. But quite a while ago, I stumbled across coffee that was prepared with eggs. The basic recipe involved mixing ground coffee with raw eggs (I think even ...
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Pouring technique for drip/pour over coffee

I would like to know how to make decent coffee using a drip (pour over) coffee. The kit I bought was from Japan and I observe in espresso shops they tend to use a thin spout (or gooseneck) water ...
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Most moka pots don't work on my induction stove. How can I still use them?

Most moka pots don't work on my induction stove. How can I still use them? I use a camping stove temporarily, but it requires me to buy gas refills every now and then. Is there an easier way?
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Does anyone have experience with this brewing method?

The question here is about the following primitive method for making coffee. Having used this method for many years now I think it gives consistently good coffee, comparable to that from a good ...
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How to create green coffee?

On the weekend, I've visited the vienna coffee festival. I've tasted "green coffee" there. Its taste and look was similar to green tea. Is it a tea, created from the leaves of the coffee? I tried to ...
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How long should I stir French press before “pressing”?

What are the pros/cons and effects of stirring, either "too much" or "too short", in a French press? My rule of thumb for steeping is to let the coffee cool down to a drinkable temperature, then ...
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Does the hardness of water matter when making coffee?

I live in a hard water area and when brewing English Tea I can definitely taste and see the difference when compared to where I'm from, which is a soft water area. Does the hardness of the water ...
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End result of Americano vs Long Black?

There have been a few questions now asked about the difference between a Caffe Americano vs a Long Black and the merits of each (here and here). The main difference seems to be that the Long Black ...
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Downsides of brewing espresso with high pressure?

The Italian National Espresso Institute requires the following properties for a certified Espresso: Water pressure: 9 bar ± 1 Percolation time: 25 seconds ± 5 seconds I'm using a Quickmill Pegaso ...
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Why is a cup of coffee not 6 oz.?

According to Google, a cup is 8 oz. According to Wikipedia, a cup of coffee as measured on the coffee maker is only 5.07 oz. Every brand of coffee I buy shows directions for 1 tbsp. per 6 oz.. So, ...
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How do I know when to stop pulling my shot?

I have a manual espresso machine. I have to turn the pump on and off with a switch and judge when to stop by myself. How do I judge when the best point is to stop pulling the shot? Do I do it by ...
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What is essential for a proper tamp?

There are competing theories as to what you should do when tamping grounds in a portafilter. Some of these include: 30 lbs. of pressure, 90* angle Knocking the side of the portafilter with the tamper ...
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Coffee ground too finely - how to deal with it?

We bought a pack of coffee and had it ground on site, like many times before. The new sales girl must have misunderstood something and used a too-fine setting, finest (for espresso) instead of second ...
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Why isn't coffee commonly sold in sachets, like tea bags?

I was wondering why single serving coffee sachets never really took off the way tea bags have. The only explanation I could find was that steeping coffee too long makes the coffee taste bad, but it ...
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Coffee in Breaking Bad

There's a part of the popular Breaking Bad TV show where they discuss making very good coffee in an advanced drug laboratory. They mention a specific temperature and you can see some apparatus. Does ...
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How long should I leave my coffee for in a cafetiere (French press)? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find a good way of timing how long to let my cafetiere stand before drinking. Is there a rule of thumb for how long I should leave it per mug? Or is there more to it than that?
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What water temperature and pour speed are best for pour-over method?

I had a recent discussion with a friend of mine, which is the right method to brew the coffee for pour-over. I read that it's best to pour in hot (but not boiling) water into the filter and moisten ...
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Should I grind my coffee beans at home, or en masse in the coffee shop?

I bought a pack of New Orleans' PJ's whole bean coffee. It is a bit old, about a year. I am flexible type though, I'll drink it. The problem is my indecision about whether to grind it piecemeal or ...
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How best to reduce tannins in black coffee?

I've traditionally had coffee with milk, no sugar. However I've recently switched to a diet that involves either reducing milk intake or switching to a milk substitute. I've been trying to make the ...
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What is the optimal length of time for pulling a shot of espresso?

Assuming: The beans are ground correctly, and are of good quality You have the right amount of grind in the basket The grounds are tamped correctly The machine is set to the correct temperature (90°C ...
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Does adding salt to coffee reduce bitterness?

Although this was kind of asked in this question, it was as a side-question that wasn't really answered. I've heard people say you should put salt in coffee to reduce bitterness. Does this actually ...
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What is the process for brewing egg coffee?

There was recently a question about the history of brewing coffee with eggs, but what is the actual process involved? Are there different receipies from different cultures? If so, what are they?
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How do I use this Indian coffee maker?

A friend gave me an Indian coffee maker, which looks like this: It did not come with instructions - how do I use it?
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When to use stirring to increase extraction?

I often find that some methods of brewing for a particular implement differ on whether or not to stir the grounds at some point in the process. I understand that stirring while brewing should ...
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What equipment do I need to make espresso at home?

Excuse the rookie question, but I am a newbie to coffee. (I blame my nationality; I grew up with tea. ;) ) What equipment, exactly, do I need to get from coffee beans to a cup of espresso that I can ...
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Certain Types of Coffee Machines Use Certain Filters?

I was on this website which states that there are four main types of coffee makers: Drip Coffee Espresso French Press Single Cup I'm wondering that they might have to use different types of filters. ...
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How does using coffee filter make the coffee different?

Somewhere I read that coffee contains carcinogens unless it's filtered, and I think I've noticed that such filtered coffee seems to be weaker. I let it stay for about 5-10min, and it still tastes ...
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Upward size limit for espresso makers

In my, somewhat limited, experience with espresso machines they generally only produce a few shots of espresso per load. Is this a technical limitation of espresso making or is it just that the ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

I'll start by saying I'm pretty much a newbie to making coffee, and in the French press brewing which is why I joined this forum to learn. After reading a number of posts/info and watching videos on ...
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How do I know when to end the bloom?

I’m familiar with what the bloom is and why we do it. But all of the instructions and guides about pour-over coffee I’ve ever seen recommend a specific time to let the coffee bloom before continuing ...
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What is “mırra”, the over-brewed Turkish coffee?

There are many methods mentioned in Coffee SE on Turkish coffee brewing. Are there any other alternatives/variations from the standard way of preparing Turkish coffee? One of such variety I have heard ...
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Brew a less acidic coffee

A recent visit to the dentist opened my eyes to a new aspect of tooth care I hadn't realized: apparently, the acidity of coffee can increase the growth of cavities if the teeth are not brushed ...
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Americano, water before the shot? [duplicate]

I was in a coffee shop the other day and noticed the barrista was pouring in the hot water before the espresso shot for my Americano. Is there a reason for this?