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Any specialized equipment or tools used while preparing coffee beverages.

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What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot?

What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot? For example, differences in the device itself, the method of use, and the resulting brew? They seem somewhat similar, since both are ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

I use the "plunging" method of cold brew, and filtering the grounds out of the brew --I use a coffee filter in a funnel-- is very time-consuming (although thankfully it doesn't take me the "hours" ...
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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

Lots of people use lots of filters for drip- or filter-brewed coffee. Some use paper and others use these durable filters. The performance to me is the same but many people argue that. They do have ...
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How to (re-)calibrate an espresso machine and grinder setup?

When you're starting your shift at your coffee shop and take over the bar from another barista, the machine and grinder can be in varying states of cleanliness and calibration. How do you quickly and ...
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How does Nel Drip compare to paper filtered Pour Over?

I have read about the seemingly involved "Nel Drip" preparation method, and I'm wondering how Nel Pot preparation differs from regular pour-over or drip methods. I've looked at stuff like this ...
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What quantity of ground coffee should I use for an automatic drip machine?

It seems like a fairly basic question, but there's probably some more science to this. For an automatic-drip coffee machine, how much ground coffee should be used per unit water? Various sources say ...
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Actual Cezve: advice for buying

I'd like to buy 200-300ml Cezve. I'm not sure what features are important, such as what material it's made of, handle design, pot shape, etc. What are the important features to look for when ...
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Which is better for grinding coffee: Food processor or blender?

Which is better for grinding coffee for use in a drip coffee maker: Food processor or blender? Update: I noticed that my food processor makes evenly-sized course grounds, and my blender grinds ...
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Should I rinse paper coffee filters before use?

I have never bothered to rinse my paper coffee filters before use, but some strongly recommend this. I did some experiments, outlined below, to test this. I don't find rinsing makes any difference, ...
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What is a FlavorLock™ bag?

What is a FlavorLock™ bag? Why it is important for wrapping coffee product or even pet food? Does it have any effect to the product inside if we use an ordinary bag?
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How do I make that frothy milk that coffee shops use to make lattes?

What are my options for milk frothing? From what I can tell, baristas just use part of the "big coffee machine" (please excuse my rookie terminology; my national drink is tea :D) and don't have a ...
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I've burned my stainless steel macchinetta. Is it still safe for use?

I accidentally put my macchinetta on the stove with no water in it. A few minutes have passed until I realized what I have done, and in the mean time the pot has overheated, started to smell quite ...
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How should I clean a stainless coffee carafe?

At the office, we have a coffee maker with a stainless steel vacuum carafe similar to this one. It has accumulated coffee residue in it from 5+ years of hard service, whilst receiving in return what I ...
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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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Frother got burn in base and won’t heat properly

The Frother as pictured got a milk (I think) burn at bottom. It doesn’t work(warm) well. The light start blinking and we have to run it again to get acceptable/preferred temperature. We tried washing ...
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French press vs simple filter, is French press equipment really necessary?

French press coffee is basically when you pour almost boiling water onto ground beans and then filter them (by pressing the filter handle). So I wonder why use that contraption at all? Simply pour ...